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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

Lenny Gotter
President of Lenny Gotter Consulting
Spirits Guru & Judge /Brand/Marketing/Sales Consultant

Martin Furman
Wine Department Manager, F&B Professional
Applejack Wine & Spirits - Thornton, CO

Rachel Dorcy
F&B Professional, Former On Premise Portfolio Manager, Beam Suntory
Certified Spirits Educator (Candidate)
Society of Wine Educators

Justin George
F& B Professional
Operations Manager
Peak Beverage Denver

Brad Beck
F & B Professional
Sales Executive for European Wine & Spirits

Nicolas Post
F& B Professional, Educator
Master Wine and Spirits Consulting LLC
International Wine and Spirits Guild

Alexandra Geppert
Seasoned F& B Professional, Spirits Judge and Brand Builder

Adam Douglas
Seasoned F& B Professional, Spirits Judge
VP of Sales & Marketing, Partner
Peak Beverage, Denver

Eric Anderson
Seasoned F & B Professional
Purchasing Director at Hyatt Hotels

Myles Fischer
Beverage Director
Peak Beverage, Denver

Mathew Wyant
Former Distiller at Bouck Brothers Distilling
Consulting Distiller and Brewmaster, Spirits Judge

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