The Palates To Trust

The reputation of a spirits competition is often defined by the quality of its judges. At the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, our judging panels consist of the most respected, experienced experts in the spirits industry. Our over 40 judges range from esteemed beverage directors to renowned authors, including Anthony Dias Blue, Tony Abou-Ganim, Dale DeGroff, Meridith May, Charles Joly, and David Wondrich.

Meet our judges:

Anthony Dias Blue

Tony Abu-Ganim

Erik Adkins

Bridget Albert

Stephen Beal

Kent Bearden, CSS

Mitch Bechard

Julio Bermejo

Mark Bowery

Joseph Brooke

Jackson Cannon

Kathy Casey

Jerry Cooper

Dale DeGroff

Tony Devencenzi

Eduardo A. Dingler

H. Joseph Ehrmann

Scott Ellis

Ziggy Eschliman

Doug Frost, MS & MW

David Grapshi

Gary Gruver

Kim Haasarud

Richard Carleton Hacker

Steven Izzo

Charles Joly

Francesco Lafranconi

Drew Levinson

Sean Ludford

David Mahoney

Tim McDonald, CSS

Fred Minnick

Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Matt Myers

Robert Plotkin

Julie Reiner

Jack Robertiello

Jim Romdall

Max Solano

Amanda Victoria

Kevin M. Vogt, MS

Charlotte Voisey

David Wondrich





President, Blue Lifestyle
Editor-in-Chief, The Tasting Panel Magazine

Anthony Dias Blue is the Executive Director and founder of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition as well as the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Mr. Blue is recognized worldwide as a leading food, wine and lifestyle authority. His work in all media is circulated to more than 30,000,000 consumers each month. His James Beard Award–winning food and wine critiques, The Blue Lifestyle Minute, are broadcast daily on KNX in Los Angeles and on WCBS radio in New York, reaching an audience of more than 200,000 listeners daily. In 2011, he launched a nationally syndicated talk show called BLUE LIFESTYLE that currently airs in more than 150 markets across the country. Formerly Wine & Spirits Editor of Bon Appétit, Mr. Blue is owner and Editor-in-Chief of the beverage trade publication, The Tasting Panel Magazine, the highest-circulating beverage trade publication in the country. He is also Editor-in-Chief of The SOMM Journal. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to numerous other publications. Mr. Blue is the author of nine books, including The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks and The Complete Book of Spirits. More about Anthony Dias Blue can be found on his company website www.bluelifestyle.com.