Year after year, the FLIWC draws a diverse panel of the highest quality judges from all over the world.

Judges for the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) are drawn from a wide set of qualified national (~ 75%) and international (~ 25%) wine professionals. They include Oenologists, Certified wine judges, Sommeliers CMS), Educators (SWE), Winemakers and Academicians, as well as WSET and MW students and graduates.

Judging Process

Given the reputation and respect that the FLIWC has achieved through years of demonstrated professionalism and the competition’s widely lauded funding contribution to Camp Good Days and Special Times - over 3,000 wines are entered.

Judges are carefully selected and invited to apply. The competition involves 50 to 60 judges that are organized into panels of 3 or 4 that represent a mix of professions and geographic regions. Wines are judged ‘blind’ in flights by class with only non-specific information such as varietal, vintage residual sugar and % alcohol.

The FLIWC utilizes a ‘consensus’ judging process wherein each judge evaluates each wine independently. An experienced Panel Captain then conducts a discussion to arrive at a final determination for each wine.

Medals awarded include Bronze (commercially sound), Silver (meritoriously representative),Gold (exceptional in it’s class) and Double Gold (unanimously exceptional & remarkably distinctive). Panel decisions are not altered or adjusted in any manner.

Best-in-class awards include – Sparkling, Chardonnay, Riesling (John Rose Trophy), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Fruit, Ice Wine (Crystal Grape Trophy) and Best South American wine (Raul Castellani Award).

2018 FLIWC Committee

The following people comprised the 2018 FLIWC Committee (click on any committee member's name to read their bio):
Name
Title
Head Judge
CS, CWE, CSS, CWJ, Head of Wine Education at Rochester Institute of Technology

TERESA KNAPP

Flighting and Tabulation

MARY COON

Judge Liaison

CURT BALCH

Backroom Manager

KEN FANTON

Backroom Coordinator

GREG CUTT

Set-up Supervisor

DOLORES FANTON

Competition Logistics

TOGO DEBELLIS

Competition Logistics

RICKY TATER

Competition Logistics

GARY MERVIS

Camp Good Days and Special Times

WENDY MERVIS

Camp Good Days and Special Times

KARL RUDOLFS

Camp Good Days and Special Times

AMANDA ANDERSON

Camp Good Days and Special Times

JAMIE VARBLE

Camp Good Days and Special Times

ZACH FORBES

Camp Good Days and Special Times

2018 International Judges

The following judges participated in the 2018 competition (click on any judges name to read their bio):
Name
Location
Profession
VA, USA
Wine Educator, Wine Judge
NY, USA
WSE 1,2 & 4; Beverage Manager

PETER BECRAFT

NY, USA
Head Winemaker, Anthony Road
NY, USA
Winemaker, Fox Run Vineyards
SLOVENIA
Prof. Dr. Biocem.Enging.
ON, CANADA
Wine Judges of Canada
CA, USA
Winemaker/Wine Educator
ARGENTINA
Winemaker
NY, USA
AWS CWJ; Wine Educator; Italian Wine Ambassador

BYRON DAVIS

NY, USA
NY, USA
CWJ
PA, USA
Executive Director AWS
NY, USA
Wine Educator

TIMOTHY GALLANT

NY, USA
Guest Judge
SLOVENIA
Sommelier II, Le Cordon Bleu Sommelier, Director of VinoFeel, Slovenian Wine board
HUNGARY
Enologist & Wine Writer
PA, USA
Sr. Food Scientist
KY, USA
AWS CWJ
FL, USA
Corporate Director of Wine Education, CWE, MS, MW
NY, USA
Wine Educator, Wine Judge
NY, USA
Educator
NY, USA
WSET 3, Level 2 AWS Judge

SHARYN KERVYN DE VOLKAERSBEKE

NJ, USA
Wine Director
RI, USA
CHE; CCS; CWE; College of Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University Professor
HUNGARY
Hungarian Wine Academy; Wine Journalist
PA, USA
AWS Certified; AWS President; Writer/Project Manager
NY, USA
Certified Wine Judge
NY, USA
Certified Sommelier

JIRI MADERIC

NY, USA
Winemaker

MIROSLAV MAJER

CZECH
CEO of Davinus
NY, USA
Wine Judge
CA, USA
MW, VP Wine Education

DORIS MICULAN-BRADLEY

ON, CANADA
MBA, MA, Sommelier, CC; Professor

VLADIMIR MILJKOVIC

SLOVENIA
Guest Judge / President of Slovenia Wine Association
NY, USA
Wine Educator, Writer, Judge

BETTY NETTLES

FL, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge

DONNIE NETTLES

FL, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge
ARGENTINA
Certified Sommelier

DEBORAH PARKER WONG

CA, USA
Journalist/Educator
NE, USA
Sommelier

JEAN PIERRE-COLAS

ON, CANADA
Winemaker / Consultant
NY, USA
Wine & Spirits Consultant
NY, USA
Winemaker
ON, CANADA
Wine Marketing Consultant
VA, USA
AWS Certified Wine Judge
NY, USA
Ass't. Professor & Chair; Winemaker
NY, USA
Assistant Winemaker

BRIAN STEWART

NY, USA
Wine Category Merchant
VA, USA
Certified AWS Judge
CZECH
Oenologist
NJ, USA
Fine Wine Brand Manager, Opici Family Distributing

N. ERNEST WEIR

CA, USA
Winemaker/Owner Hagafen Cellars