Certified AWS Judge

Pat Valas is an American Wine Society Certified Judge as well as being an instructor for the AWS wine judge training program and, from 1995 to the present, has judged in many wine competitions, including the American Wine Society Commercial and Amateurs Competitions, Winemaker Magazine’s Amateur competition, the Atlantic Seaboard, the New Jersey Governor’s Cup, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup, the Pittsburgh AWS Regional Amateur Competition, the Maryland Wine Festival Amateur, Best of Show Frederick County (MD) Fair Amateur, Montgomery County (MD) Fair Amateur and the Maryland State Fair Amateur which included the Best of Show. Part of her early training involved a summer job in the vineyards of G.Hamilton Mowbray in Westminster, MD where she tied up vines and learned from this east coast master. She currently does free-lance wine consulting, wine writing and wine education. She holds a DeLong Century Club certificate having tasted 200 different wine varietals. She has traveled with the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine to various international conferences and wine tastings in Provence and Bergerac, France; Barcelona, Spain; Morges, Switzerland; London, England; Budapest, Hungary; and Reims in the Champagne district. She has also enjoyed the wines of Bordeaux via river cruise and plans to enjoy Burgundy the same way.