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Wine Competition Judges

Meet the 2021 Judges!

Melissa Bartlett, Haymarket, VA
Melissa is a winery manager, consultant, educator, and wine devotee. She 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.
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 35 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 the 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. In 2018, she became an American Wine Society judge. While working for the U.S. Government by day, Tara continues her avid exploration of new and emerging wine trends, regions and techniques through continuing education and travel.

Lorraine Hems, Rochester, NY
Lorraine Hems has been involved in the wine and spirits industry for almost 40 years. She has experience in retail, wholesale, and education. She is a Senior Lecturer of beverage and food courses in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Lorraine is a CWE and CSS with the society of Wine Educators and served on their Board of Directors. Other industry accreditations include CS with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and the WSET Level 3 Certification. She teaches the WSET courses at several locations. She is also a Certified Wine Judge with the American Wine Society and teaches in their Certified Wine Judge Program. Lorraine has served as the Head Judge for a vartiety of domestic competitions and has judged in Chile and Argentina. Lorraine loves wine!

Sharyn Kervyn, Marlton, NJ

Sharyn has been in the restaurant and wine industry for over 30 years, including opening The Getty Center in Los Angeles as their catering directory 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. Sharyn serves on the American Wine Society Education Committee, as well as the National Tasting Project Chair. 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 finishing 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.

Fred LeBrun, West Sand Lake, NY

Fred writes a weekly wine review column in the Albany Times Union, where I have been a staff columnist since 1986. He has written widely for decades about evolving wine public policy in New York State and the wine industry as a whole. Additionally, Fred has judged wine competitions for the past 40 years in Massachusetts, Oregon, California, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and extensively in New York. He'll will be judging the Finger Lakes International in April, and for many years has judged the New York State Fair competition.

Bob Madill, Geneva, NY
With experience in Ontario's wine industry, Bob Madill co-founded Sheldrake Point Winery, Finger Lakes, NY in 1997. Bob was Winegrower and Partner for more than 12 years overseeing the development of a 40-acre vineyard, winery, tasting room and distribution sales. He is Wine Director for Kindred Fare Restaurant, Geneva, NY and Brand Ambassador for Glenora & Knapp Wineries. Bob is Wine Industry Liasion for Finger Lakes Wine Alliance and a Board Member, International Riesling Foundation. He represents Tonnellerie Bossuet in the Finger Lakes and Ontario. Bob is Head Judge, Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition that involves 60+ judges and 3,000 wines & spirits. He judges at domestic and international wine competitions and for several 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, 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 U.S. wine industry professionals for over a decade.

Annemarie Morse, Finger Lakes, NY

Annemarie Morse has a Master's Degree in Oenology from Cornell University and has worked as an assistant winemaker. She is the Finger Lakes correspondent for the Cork Report, as well as a wine and food writer and editor for other publications, including The New Normal in the Wine Business. She has taught as a wine and marketing Lecturer, at a college level and guest lectured at Cornell University for more than 8 years in various classes. Annemarie is a member of the Education committee for the American Wine Society. She is a certified international OIV wine judge, and has taught classes for and managed a national wine judge certification program. Annemarie has judged internationally and domestically for amateur and commercial wine competitions for over 10 years. She is a trained member of the Cornell University Sensory Evaluation Panel, evaluating wine, spirits and cheeses. her passion for wine and increasing her wine knowledge has led to continued wine education opportunities, including working as a wine consultant in retail, and more recently immersing herself with Italian wine studies. She is certified as a specialist in the Wine and Food of Central Italy through 3IC (Italian International Indigenous Wine and Food Studies Center). She has passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier exam and through her company, Wine By Annemarie, LLC, provides consulting services to restaurants, hosts wine tours, seminars and/or classes for colleagues, national conferences, private events and the community. Annemarie has judged wines in: Berliner Wein Trophy (Germany), Grand Prix Vinex (Czech Republic), Texas International (Table Captain, TC), Atlantic Seaboard (TC), Big E Northeast Gold (TC), Great American International Wine Competition (TC), Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits (TC), Finger Lakes International, New York State Fair, Great Lakes & Eastern States, and Wine Maker Magazine Competitions.

Photo Credit: Mikhail Lipyanskiy
Kevin Ostrowski, Beaver, PA
Kevin is a former high school chemistry, physics, and math teacher, a retired QA/QC utility executive and currently the American Wine Society's (AWS) Western Pennsylvania Regional Vice President and Chapter Chair of the 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), had a Wine Scholar Guild Master Level Champagne Certification, has completed level 1 Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is PLCB RAMP certified. He has enjoyed the privilege of judging many local and regional wine competitions. An Instructor for AWS Wine Judge Certification Training he is also a wine instructor for Butler County Community College in Butler, PA and has taught the Super Tasters Class for the American Wine Society. A home wine maker, he has won several 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.

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-time 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 inventory within the Greenfield, Northampton and Wilbraham Big Y World 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, Argentina, Italy, Austria and Canada's Ontario region. He has also 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 connoisseurs' nation-wide.

Michael always shares his travel experiences with the staff at Table & Vine and loves to 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 serves 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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Harvey Reissig, Geneva, NY
Dr. Harvey Reissig is a retired Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Cornell University. He has served as a judge at many wine contests throughout the US including: The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, the New York State Fair Amateur and Professional Wine Competition, the Virginia State Fair Wine Competition, The Big E Wine Competition in Massachusetts, the International Cool Climate Wine Competition, The Hudson Valley Wine Competition, The American Wine Society Commercial and Home Winemakers competition and the Indy International Wine Competition.

He is also an author of the Grape Guru Wine Column for the Finger Lakes Times. He has served on various tasting panels at Cornell University to evaluate wine grape varieties, yeast trials and other taste panels for comparing wine making trials. Reissig has also coordinated several major wine competitions including the New York State Fair Commercial Competition and the American Wine Society Professional Wine Competition.

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