TASTING PANEL

The Seattle Cider Awards could not be possible without the essential and valued contributions of our distinguished group of professionals. Our tasting panel consists of highly-experienced bar, spirits, and mixology experts and craftspeople that have earned industry-wide recognition and popular consumer appeal.

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HIGHEST INTEGRITY

THOROUGH EVALUATION

Our thorough evaluation is of the highest integrity and our thoughtful process provides both our tasting panel and entries the best environment for tasting.

  • Dr. Gregory Chan
    Vice-Echanson – La Chaine des Rotisseurs, WA
  • Reggie Daigneault
    Wine Educator
    ReggieWine.com, WA
  • David Egan
    Wine Professional, Vino Verité, WA
  • Cyril Frechier
    Wine Education, FRA
  • Roy Hersh
    Founder, ForTheLoveofPort.com, WA
  • Erin Lyman
    Owner, Champion Wine Cellars, WA
  • Ali Mayfield
    WA Wine Maker/Wahluke Wine Co./Selections by Sagemoor
  • Tanya Morningstar-Darling
    Wine Scholar Guild Educator, CellarMuse.com, WA
  • Billo Naravane
    Master of Wine, RASA Vineyards, WA
  • Robert Ord
    Master Sommelier/ISG Dip, Napa, CA
  • Tonya Pitts
    CMS Sommelier/WSET 2/Wine Director, One Market, San Francisco, CA
  • Sean Razee
    Master Sommelier/ WSET Dip, Director of Fine Wine SGWS, Vail, CO
  • Amanda Reed
    Advanced Sommelier/Beverage Manager, Lotte Hotel, WA
  • Howard Rossback
    Wine Professional/Owner, Citation Wines & Erratic Oak Vyds., OR
  • Bruce Sturgeon
    CMS Sommelier/Wine Director Blue Acre & Orfeo, WA
  • Mark Takagi
    Director of Wine & Spirits, Metropolitan Markets, WA
  • Tiffany Tobey
    CMS Sommelier/GM, Thirty Eight & VINE, DFW, TX
  • Mina Williams
    CMS Sommelier/Blanc et Rouge Wine / NW Stir, WA

RECEIVED, REVIEWED & CONFIRMED

CIDER ENTRIES

Our process is a single-blind tasting and evaluation process meaning panelists are aware of intended style, fruit composition, and residual sugar components. The awards give include: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Grand Award of Excellence.

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