The Palates To Trust

The reputation of a spirits competition is often defined by the quality of its judges. At the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, our judging panels consist of the most respected, experienced experts in the spirits industry.

Meet our judges

Executive Director

Anthony Dias Blue

Anthony Dias Blue is the Executive Director and founder of the San Francisco World Spirits

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Chris Adams

While Chris Adams can currently be found jetting around the world creating acclaimed bar programs

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Stephen Beal

Steve Beal of San Francisco is a globally recognized distilled spirits consultant who works in

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Mark Bowery

In addition to designing and maintaining award-winning beverage programs for fine restaurants, Mark Bowery is

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Martin Cate

Martin Cate is a rum and exotic cocktail expert and the owner and creator of

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Jerry Cooper

Originally from Los Angeles, Jerry has worked the last 30 years in San Francisco as

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Tony Devencenzi

Tony Devencenzi is a bartender at Bourbon & Branch and the Educational Coordinator for Future

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H. Joseph Ehrmann

H. has cooked, served, managed, and bartended in over 20 bars and restaurants around the

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Scott Ellis

Scott has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years in a wide variety

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Ziggy Eschliman

Ziggy Eschliman is among America’s most enthusiastic, authoritative, and entertaining libation experts. For over 20

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Jeff Feist

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Josh Gelfand

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Robert Gonzales

Robert Gonzales is the San Francisco Spirits Specialist for Wine Warehouse. He has participated in

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Virginia Miller

Since founding The Perfect Spot in 2007, Virginia Miller is the West North America Chair

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Chief Judge

Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Jeffrey Morgenthaler has been an award-winning bartender since 1996. He currently manages the James Beard

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Andrew Pollard

Award Winning Mixologist, Andrew Pollard, is currently the Assistant Director of Beverage Development for Wynn

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Enrique Sanchez

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Pedro Shanahan

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Max Solano

Max Solano is a primary mixologist for Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, as well

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Toshio Ueno

Certified Master of Sake, Master Sake Sommelier, and Shochu Sommelier. Toshio is the only one

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Dominic Venegas

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Nat Harry

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Nate Ganapathi

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Nora Furst

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Gary Gruver

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