TXIWC Judges (In No Particular Order)

Our world-renowned judges come with diverse and expansive experience from all over the world!  Below you’ll find just a taste of the talent partnering with this year’s competition.  We’ll update the list regularly!

Count John Umberto Salvi 20th

Bordeaux, France
Master of Wine

New York, USA
Wine Instructor, Certified Judge, & Freelance Writer

Seattle Washington, USA
Master of Wine

Jeff Cope

Houston, TX
Blogger/Owner TXWineLover.com

Quebec, Canada
Certified Wine Judge



Dr. Tim Oconnor

Ireland / New York
Surgeon / Wine Instructor 

Jeff Stabbins

New York
RVP of AWS & AWS Certified Wine Judge

Iva Kovarikova

Czech Republic
Int’l Wine Judge & Founder/ CEO GastroPress Publishing

Dr. Luboš Bárta

Czech Republic
Editor-inChief Sommelier/Travel Reviewer

Dr. Jack Wright


Washington State
Sommelier and owner of Uncorked Sommelier Services

Indiana, USA

New Mexico, USA
Owner Vivac Winery, Exec Sommelier, Educator

Sammy Lam

Austin, TX, USA
Owner, Wanderlust Wine Company, WSET Level 3

Buda, TX
Sommelier and Wine & Spirits Instructor

Dan Gatlin

Fredricksburg, TX
Winery Owner, Viticulturist & Oenologist

Michael Stapleton

Austin, TX, USA
Wine Critic, Organic Chemist

Tal Bendor

USA Marketing, Winery Director

Daniel Kelada

St Louis, MO, USA
AWS Educator, Wine Judge, WSET Diploma

Malon Lemoins

Austin, TX, USA

Stuart Bankey

San Antonio, TX, USA
Owner, Wineonthedime.com, WSET Level 3

Ran Jacobson

Sommelier, Wine Consultant & Critic

Terence Green

Texas, USA
Sommelier, WSET Level 2

Bonnie Villacampa, Founder

Texas/Rioja, Spain
Master of Oenology, Viticulture and Brand Manager

Ron Dougherty, Head Judge

New York, USA
Founder, Raise a Glass Foundation; OIV Certified Judge