2019 TXIWC Competition 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
Wine Instructor, Certified Judge, & Freelance Writer

Jeff Cope

Houston, TX
Reknown Blogger/Owner TXWineLover.com

Toronto, Canada
Chef, Sommelier, Certified Wine Judge, Writer

Quebec, Canada
Certified Wine Judge



Dr. Tim Oconnor

Ireland / New York
Surgeon / Wine Instructor 

Iva Kovarikova

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

Dr. Luboš Bárta

Czech Republic
Editor-inChief Sommelier/Travel Reviewer

Philadelphia, USA

Founder/CEO of LocalWineEvents.com

Dr. Jack Wright


Celina Pennisi


Linda King

Yadkinville, NC
Certified International Wine Judge

Bonnie Villacampa

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


Washington State
Sommelier and owner of Uncorked Sommelier Services

Dan Gatlin

Fredricksburg, TX
Winery Owner, Viticulturist & Oenologist

Leonardo Castellani

Director of Vinar SA

Buda, TX
Sommelier and Wine & Spirits Instructor

Austin, TX
Winemaker and Winery Owner

Tal Bendor

USA Marketing, Winery Director

Daniel Kelada