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.



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

2024 Seattle Cider Awards Tasting Panel

Saturday, April 13, 2024 @ Womens University Club

(L-R) Loren ElliottCWS/MBA Sales Director Galaxy Wine Company; Chris NishiwakiWine Journalist; Van Doren ChanSommelier/Board Member Canadian Professional Sommelier Association; Paul BianchiOwner/Winemaker, Amelia Wynn Winery (WA); Jeff CoxJeffCoxSelections.com (Formerly Wine Buyer PCC Markets.); Christopher Chan – Adv. Sommelier & Founder/Executive Director, Seattle Wine Awards; Jeffrey DorganFood & Beverage Manager, Cedarbrook Lodge; Lenny RedeWine Steward, Ballinger Village Thriftway; Joel Butler MWTheWineKnowLog; Tami WongSommelier/Stay Classy Selections San Diego, CA; Victor De La LuzWinemaker/Walla Walla (WA); NaKenge AdisaOwner/Winemaker Parousia Cellar (WA); Serena Gordon Winemaker/Puget Sound (WA); Casey McClellanFounder, Seven Hills Winery and Interim Program Director WWCC Enology & Viticulture Institute (WA); Reggie DaigneaultWine Educator/ReggieWine.com; Jusden AumandHead Wine Buyer, Tri-Vin Imports, (NY); Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling WSU Dept. Enology & Viticulture; Dr. Gregory K. Chan – Echanson Emeritus La Chaine des Rotisseurs ~ Seattle Bailliage.  No Pictured but Equally Appreciated and Valuable:  Winemaker Lenora Thelen and Owner Paul BeveridgeWilridge Vineyard, Winery and Distillery (WA).



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.