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Tequila Mezcal Challenge

The Tequila Mezcal Challenge is conducted double-blind by a seasoned panel of beverage professionals.
Our judging panel consists of sommeliers, retail buyers, journalists, mixologists, and beverage directors. All judges undergo a calibration class designed to maintain consistent evaluation and scoring of all spirits.
This year our judges are excited to be back together for a live in-person competition as COVID restrictions
have been eliminated.

2021 Competition Chairs

Christopher J. Davies
C0-Founder, Chairman
Wine Country Network, Inc
Competition Director

Darcy R. Davies
Co-Founder, President
Wine Country Network, Inc
Competition Operations

Lead Judge & Panel Chair
Larry Wilcox
Certified Spirit Sommelier & Spirits Judge
Top Shelf Liquor Consulting, LLC​

2021 Judges

We are currently building our judging team.
Qualified interested judges should email the competition director:

Christopher J. Davies
cdavies@winecountrynetwork.com

 

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Tequila Mezcal Challenge
2019 Judges

Lanie Bayless
Spirits Director
Frontera Hospitality, Chicago, IL

Kevin Galaba
Food & Beverage Professional
Local Marketing Manager
Colorado Beverage Analyst Magazine

Alexandra (Allie) Geppert
Food & Beverage Professional
Owner of Mandala Strategies

Jakim J. Noske, CSS
Food & Beverage Professional
Certified Specialist of Spirits, Certified Cicerone

Brian M. Rossi
Owner / Specialist in Mexican Spirits
Adelitas Cocina y Cantina and Palenque Mezcaleria

Larry Wilcox
Certified Spirit Sommelier & Spirits Judge
Top Shelf Liquor Consulting, LLC​

Ben Wahamaki
Liquor Specialist
Argonaut Wine & Liquor

Chris Wingate
Spirits Portfolio Specialist
European Wine and Spirits