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Meet the 2019 Judges!

Melissa Bartlett, Haymarket, VA
Melissa is a winery manager, consultant, educator, and wine devotee. She is currently busy in Virginia forming a wine academy at Fleetwood Farm Winery that provides quality wine education classes for winery professionals and the eager community. Her passion for wine took her from enthusiast to tasting room associate, winery manager, Certified Sommelier and Certified Wine Judge to talented instructor. Her time spent managing and working in wineries made it possible for her to see the wine industry from vineyard to crush pad, from winemaking to bottling, and from sales to public relations. She is a long term and active member of the American Wine Society serving as a Chapter Chair, conference presenter, AWS Amateur Wine Competition Chair and Continuing Education Instructor. The judging experiences shared with colleagues and the desire to continually learn, keep her striving for excellence. Having acquired a taste for all things wine, she plans to continue her certifications and wine education for as long as there are grapes to ferment. Her judging experience spans 5 years and includes but isn't limited to: AWS Commercial and Amateur Wine Competition, WineMaker's Magazine, Indy International (judge-in-training), Atlantic Seaboard, Lone Star International, Bottle Shock, Wines of the South, and many other local and regional competitions.

Michael Blake, Hudson, MA
Michael's wine interest started many years ago as a Wine Educator with The Traveling Vineyard while hosting wine events with small groups. He holds a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators. Passed, with Merit, the Advanced Certificate (Level 3) from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Studied at the International Culinary Center, Campbell, CA and received his Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Founded the Hudson Chapter of the American Wine Society in 2007. Received his Certified Wine Judge in November 2013 and re-certified in 2018. Created several Chapters in the local Massachusetts area. Currently the American Wine Society, Regional Vice President for Eastern Massachusetts. Wine Educator at Robert Mondavi Winery from 2016-2018. Created several public and private tours, club member tastings, hosted lunches and wine tastings. He helps consumers select the best wines at several wine stores in Massachusetts especially around the holidays. Poured wines at the Boston Wine Expo 2016 & 2017 and also for Aaronap Cellars at summer Farm Markets.

Bob Chaplin, Avon, CT
Bob Chaplin has written about wine and other libations for many newspapers and magazines in the northeast including the Norwich Bulletin, Northeast Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Seasons, Connecticut Business Magazine, Hartford Magazine, Decades and The Shoreline Times since 1998. With his wife, local radio and television personality Prudence Sloane he's written about and has lectured on food and wine pairing. He currently writes for the New England Wine Gazette. His latest book project "A Year In The Vineyard," is a collaboration with wine writer and blogger Sophie Menin. It draws on his vocation as an internally recognized artist working with, and in, the landscape. He has reported on the Boston Wine Expo, the largest wine expo in the U.S. since 2000 interviewing many vinous luminaries such as Jancis Robinson, Oz Clarke, Clive Coates, Kevin Zraly, Mary Ewing Mulligan and Leslie Sbrocco. He has visited winemaking regions in California and many other regions in the USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, Portugal, France and England. He champions wines made in the north east and has been actively involved in wine tastings and competitions in the region. He is also and internally recognized artist.

JoAnn DeGaglia, Garnerville, NY
JoAnn is a certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators as well as a Certified Sommelier earning an American and Italian Wine Specialist Degree from the North American Sommelier Association. She is an Educator and Associate Instructor for the Westchester Wine School in New York and earned her Wine Judge Certification from the American Wine Society and is their National Vice President. She works part time at two of the Hudson Valleys great wine destinations. Brotherhood America's Oldest Winery and the Wine Spectators award winning Glenmere Mansion in Chester, New York.

Carrie Dykes, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Carrie is a wine writer and her byline can be found in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, SevenFifty Daily, Wine Traveler, Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, Chronogram, InCider Japan and The Cork Report. She served as the Virginia wine reviewer at Wine Enthusiast for a number of years and continues to beat the drum for Virginia and other unsung wine regions. She uses the blind tasting skills learned while earning WSET Diploma when she is judging wines for the IWSC and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Craig Fleming, Scarborough, ON Canada
Craig is a member of the Wine Judges of Canada and a past winner of "The Wine Tasting Challenge." Craig shares his passion of wine through the creation and presentation of wine education seminars, including Kosher Wines and he has led several seminars at the "Gourmet Wine & Food Show" in Toronto. Craig has judges amateur and commercial wine competitions in Canada and The United States. He has achieved the Advanced Certificate from Wine and Spirit Education Trust, is an amateur winemaker and is the former "Director of Events for the Ontario Wine Society."

Michael Fritze, Waterford, VA
Mike Fritze is a recent graduate of the AWS wine judge certification program. He has been an avid amateur winemaker for 9 years. He is co-owner of Quartz Creek Vineyards, a new operation just started in Waterford, VA. He is also co-owner and winemaker for Carriage House Wineworks also in Waterford. Fritze is also a member of the Virginia Vineyards Association and the Loudoun Winegrowers association. He is an active member of the American Wine Society and has served on the Board of the German Wine Society in DC. He has traveled extensively visiting wine regions in the US, France, Italy and Germany. He has wine judging experience at the American Wine Society Annual Meeting, the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, the New Jersey State Fair Competition and previous Eastern State Exposition events.

Tara Hardiman, Alexandra, VA
Tara seeks to promote excellence in wine and spirits education, production, judging and consumer enjoyment through her formal wine and spirits educational achievements and over 25 years of expert consumer patronage. Her decades-long pursuit of wine and spirits expertise and appreciation took her on a path to complete the UK Wine and Spirits Education Trust Diploma in 2014, becoming an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits. Furthering that education, she became a Certified Specialist of Spirits and Certified Specialist of Wines in 2015 through the U.S.-based Society of Wine Educators. Most recently, in 2018, she was inducted in as an American Wine Society Judge. While working for the U.S. Government by day, she continues her avid exploration of new and emerging wine trends, regions, and techniques through continuing education and travel.

Sharyn Kervyn, Marlton, NJ
Sharyn Kervyn has been involve din the restaurant and wine industry for over 30 years, opening and operating several restaurants, including opening The Getty Center in Los Angeles as their catering director in 1997. She has won "Best of" Wine Spectator awards for her Wine Lists throughout her career. Sharyn has been a Wine Director with The Capital Grille since 2007. She has judged professional and amateur competitions throughout the country since 2010 and is the current National Tasting Project Chair for the American Wine Society. Sharyn is a member of the Dionysian Wine Society, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with The Society of Wine Educators and Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Graduate. She is currently in the Graduate Diploma Program for WSET (level 4). Sharyn is also a Certified Judge for The American Wine Society (CWJ) and a Sommelier through the Guild of Sommeliers.

Bob Madill, Geneva, NY
Following several years of experience in Niagara, Ontario's wine industry, Bob Madill co-founded Sheldrake Point Winery, Finger Lakes, NY in 1997. Bob was a Winegrower and Partner for more than 12 years overseeing the development of the 40-acre vineyard, winery, tasting room and distribution sales. Bob Madill is the Wine Director for Kindred Fare Restaurant, Geneva, NY and Brand Ambassador for the three Glenora Wineries. He is Wine Industry Liasion for the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance and a Board Member of the International Riesling Foundation. Bob represents Tonnellerie Bossuet in the Finger Lakes, NY and Niagara, ON. Bob is the Head Judge for the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition that involves over 54 judges and 3,000 wineries. He judges at domestic and international wine competitions and for two years has been a Jury President at the Concours des Grands Vins Blancs du Monde in Strasbourg, France. In recognition of his contribution to the Finger Lakes wine industry, in 2009 Bob was awarded the prestigious Unity Award, New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Bob is WSET 3 certified, a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), and has been a certified AWS Wine Judge instructor for many years. Bob has conducted educational wine tours in Europe for US wine industry professionals for over a decade.

Annemarie Morse, Richford, NY
Annemarie has a Master's Degree in Oenology from Cornell University and is a Wine Marketing Adjunct Lecturer at Tompkins Cortland Community College. She is an American Wine Society (AWS) certified wine judge, was the Co-chair of the Wine Judge Certification program and teaches classes at the AWS National Conferences. She has passed the Court of Masters Commeliers, Introductory Level Sommelier exam and is preparing for the certified qualifying exam. She is a published wine & food writer. Annemarie is a trained descriptive panelist for the sensory evaluation of artisan cheese, sugars, and alcoholic beverages at Cornell University. She founded the Finger Lakes chapter of the AWS and served as the chairperson presenter and coordinator for over 5 years. Annemarie has judged wines in: Texas International (Table Captain, TC), Finger Lakes International, Atlantic Seaboard (TC), Great American Amateur Wine Competition, Great Lakes & Eastern States, Winemaker Magazine, Big E Northeast Gold, Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits and New York State Far Wine Competitions. She presented at the Viticulture & Annual Wine Industry Workshop. She has worked through Harvest and blending as an assistant winemaker for Damiani Wine Cellars. Annemarie hosted a wine tour and cruise of Italy and has participated in Collisioni (Progetto Vino), Vinitaly International Academy, OperaWine and VinItaly in 2018. Her company, Wine By Annemarie, LLC provides consulting services to restaurants and wine education classes for private events and the community,

Kevin Ostrowski, Beaver, PA
Kevin, a former high school chemistry, physics and math teacher, is a retired QA/QC utility executive and current Chapter Chair of the American Wine Society's (AWS) Beaver County, PA chapter. An AWS certified wine judge, Kevin is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators, holds a Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits (with Merit), and has completed level 1 Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has enjoyed the privilege of judging many local and regional wine competitions. Beginning in November 2019 as an Instructor for Wine Judge Certification Training Year 1 with the American Wine Society, he is also an instructor of wine for Butler County Community College in Butler, PA, and has taught a Super Tasters Class for the American Wine Society. A home wine maker, he has won several wine medals from both AWS and WineMaker magazine. Kevin is a member of The Wine Century Club, GuildSomm, the Society of Wine Educators, the Wine Scholar Guild, and the Pennsylvania Wine Society. Kevin resides in Beaver, PA.

Tim Post, Ganesvoort, NY
Tim is in his third year of the American Wine Society Judging Certified Program. Tim has judged several wine (and cider and beer) competitions including: 2017 Rodeo Uncorked Wine Competition in Houston, TX, 2018 and 2019 Winemaker Magazine Amateur Wine Competitions, 2018 NYS Fair Amateur Wine Competitions, 2018 Slyboro Amateur Cider Competition and the Saratoga Thoroughbrews Beer/Cider/Mead Competition. He has been a home wine, cider and beer makers for several years.

Michael Quinlan, Northampton, MA
Michael's career at Table & Vine began in 1996 when he was hired as a part-time wine associate. Over the course of the past decade, Michael was quickly promoted to full-tome sales floor captain, sales manager, wine sales manager and as of January 2018 became the manager of fine wines. Michael is responsible for Table & Vine's wine selection, purchasing and merchandising. He oversees the Table & Vine's wine selection, purchasing and merchandising. He oversees the Table & Vine inventory within the Greenfield, Northampton and Wilbraham Big Y Class Markets. Michael also works closely with marketing to ensure Table & Vine's image is always creative and unique and that people understand that Table & Vine is a lifestyle destination. Michael has traveled to many vineyards around the world including Chile, Italy, Austria and Canada's Ontario region. He has traveled extensively in France and Spain having visited every major wine region. Michael believes it is this kind of knowledge and experience that makes Table & Vine stand out above the rest. He also attends countless trade events, wine fairs and wine tastings. Because of his tireless pursuit of knowledge and excellence, Michael personally tastes over 5,000 each year. His ability to identify up-and-coming wine regions, excellent wine values and his exceptional knowledge of the wine industry as a whole has made Table & Vine a unique destination for wine connoisseur's nationwide. Michael always shares his travel experiences with the staff at Table & Vine and loves the pop open a bottle of his newest discoveries and older favorites in order to educate the staff. Michael can honestly boast that the staff at Table & Vine is second to none. Michael served as the Chief judge of the Eastern States Exposition Northeast Gold Wine Competition. Michael's favorite types of wine include Spanish, Red Burgundy and both German and Austrian Wines.

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