The tentative list of judges has been announced for the new North Coast Wine Challenge wine competition, sponsored by The Press Democrat.
Judging will take place May 29-30 at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Fountaingrove.
Deadline for entries is May 10.
The judges include:
Annette Alvarez-Peters, wine buyer, Costco
John Ash, chef, author, food and wine instructor
Corey Beck, director of winemaking/general manager, Francis Ford Coppola winery
Dan Berger, wine writer and columnist
Virginie Boone, wine writer
Tina Caputo, editor-in-chief, Vineyard & Winery Management
Paul Dolan, winemaker and entrepreneur, Paul Dolan Wines
Traci Dutton, beverage manager/sommelier, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Sara Fowler, winemaker, Peju Province Winery, Rutherford
Daryl Groom, chief judge; owner/winemaker, Groom Wines
Dan Kosta, Kosta Browne Winery, Sebastopol
Bob Kimbles, director of wine operations, Total Wine & More
Ellen Landis, certified sommelier and certified specialist of wine
Kris Margerum, sommelier, Auberge du Soleil
Tim Marson, master of wine
Tim McDonald, WineSpokenHere marketing agency
Peg Melnik, wine critic and writer, The Press Democrat
Drew Munro, wine director, Dry Creek Kitchen
Chris Munsell, director of winemaking, E&J Gallo Winery
Christopher Sawyer, sommelier and wine educator at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, Lodge at Sonoma
Mick Schroeter, director of winemaking, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Wilfred Wong, cellarmaster
Entries are being accepted from wineries that source fruit from the North Coast, including the American Viticultural Areas spanning Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties and parts of Marin and Solano counties.
For more information: northcoastwinechallenge.com