World-Renowned Judges (2017)
THOMAS COTTRELL (KY, USA)
Former Winemaker & winery manager at Chalk Hill Winery
Raised in Ithaca, NY, Tom graduated from Cornell in Engineering Physics, with an MS in Physics from the U of Delaware and a PhD in Laser Optics for the University of Rochester. After working in product development in the San Francisco Bay area, he founded Cuvaison in northern Napa Valley, and co-founded Pine Ridge Winery near Yountville. in the '80's he was Cornell's first Assoc. Prof. of Enology. He returned to California to develop Chalk Hill Winery to its present size. He came back east to develop Sakonnet Vineyards in RI to more than its present size, and then retired to Ithaca, NY. Since 2005 he has been helping the Kentucky wine industry as the Extension Enologist for KY, and consults for wineries east of the Rockies.