<strong>WINE CHALLENGE JUDGES</strong>

Here are the judges who took part in the second annual, 2014 North Coast Wine Challenge wine competition:

Heidi Barrett, winemaker, Barrett & Barrett Wines, Napa Valley

Corey Beck, director of winemaking/general manager, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville

Dan Berger, wine writer and columnist, Santa Rosa

William S. Bloxsom-Carter, executive chef and director of food and beverage, Playboy Mansion, Los Angeles

Carrie Boyle, general manager/buyer, Total Wine & More, Sacramento

Tina Caputo, editor-in-chief, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and columnist, Sonoma County

Fred Dame, master sommelier

Susan Doyle, winemaking director, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Napa

Bob Foster, assistant editor, California Grapevine Wine Newsletter, San Diego

Sara Fowler, winemaker, Peju Winery, Napa

Rhett Gadke, senior wine buyer, Bounty Hunter Rare Wine Co., Napa

Nick Goldschmidt, winemaker and consultant, Goldschmidt Vineyards, Healdsburg.

Daryl Groom, chief judge; owner/winemaker, Groom Wines, Healdsburg

Courtney Humiston, wine director, Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg

Ellen Landis, certified sommelier and certified wine specialist, Half Moon Bay

Tim Marson, master sommelier and buyer, Global Wine Company, San Rafael

Peg Melnik, wine writer, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa

Mary Melton, director of beverage, P.F. Chang's, Scottsdale, AZ

Erik Olsen, vice president/chief winemaker, Constellation Wines U.S., Healdsburg

Ben Pearson, buyer, Bottle Barn, Santa Rosa

Christopher Sawyer, "The Sommelier to the Stars," Sonoma County

Michael Scholz, winemaker, St. Supery Vineyards & Winery, Rutherford

Mick Schroeter, director of winemaking, Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards, Windsor

Mark Thrift, director of wine & spirits, Mollie Stone's Markets, Mill Valley

Larry Van Aalst, sommelier and radio host, Sonoma County

Wilfred Wong, chief story teller, wine.com



<em>"This is why people love cab."</em> JOSEPH CELLARS 2009 Bartholomew Family Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

<em>"Oh-la-la ... knock your socks off, playful."</em> FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Directors' Cut 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

<em>"Lovely, delightful, could drink all day long. Better than a bowl of strawberries and cream."</em> GLORIA FERRER NV Blanc de Noirs

<em>"Bullfight in a bottle — Ole!"</em> IMAGERY ESTATE WINERY 2011 Tempranillo

<em>"Classy and sassy!"</em> MACLEOD FAMILY VINEYARD 2011 Estate Grown Merlot

<em>"Wine grape aroma and mineral. Amazingly good value."</em> PEDRONCELLI 2012 Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay

<em>"An English summer garden in a glass." </em>TRIONE VINEYARDS & WINERY 2012 River Road Ranch Sauvignon Blanc