48976508468_bc3542017a_k

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. In these times of COVID-19, we are taking extra precautions to protect our staff and judges. Many of our 2020 judges will participate in our virtual tasting, by judging in the safety of their homes and participating in Zoom meetings.

2020 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​

2020 Judges

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

Christopher J. Davies
cdavies@winecountrynetwork.com

  

48977232867_a181006326_k

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