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Judges announced for North Coast Wine Challenge

  • Chef John Ash is slated to be one of the judges at the North Coast Wine Challenge in May. (PD FILE, 2008)

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

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