2017 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!

Ron Dougherty

New York
Head Judge

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

Houston, TX
CEO/Founder VineSleuth

Jeff Stabins

New York
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

New York
Certified International Judge

Dr. Jack Wright


Celina Pennisi


Jack Keller

San Antonio, TX
Winemaker & Certified Home Wine Judge

Bonnie Villacampa

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


Chicago, IL
Certified Wine Judge

Susan Hulme

London, UK
Master of Wine

Dr. Tim O'Conner

Ireland/New York
Surgeon/Wine Instructor