AWS Certified Wine Judge (CWJ); Wine Educator; Italian Wine Ambassador

Rick Cusker is an AWS Certified Wine Judge and a wine educator from Pittsford, New York, and serves as the Vice President and Secretary of the Rochester, New York, Chapter of the American Wine Society. He has judged in numerous local, state, regional and international wine competitions, and is himself an amateur wine maker. Rick is also a Certified Sommelier and a member of the Guild of Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators. He frequently presents seminars and tastings on the native grape varieties of Italy and has been recognized as an Italian Wine Professional by Italian Wine Central in Napa, California, and as an Italian Wine Ambassador by Vinitaly International in Verona, Italy. When not traveling to one of the twenty wine regions in Italy, Rick enjoys introducing wine drinkers back in America to the wide variety of Italian red, white, rosé, sparkling and sweet wines he encounters on his journeys.