Each year, the directors of the Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge choose a crew of judges, including some returning judges. All judges are vetted for their wine knowledge and background, and many are professionally certified, with some working toward their Master Sommelier designation from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Some have undergone judges’ training with the American Wine Society.
The mead panel is chaired by a certified mead specialist who carefully chooses the members of that panel for their mead qualifications whenever possible. Ciders will continue to be judged as part of the competition.
Beginning with the 2019 Challenge, we will begin judging Georgia distilled spirits. The categories range from Bourbon to Whiskey, and embrace a wide range of spirits, all made in the State of Georgia. While Georgia is famous for moonshine (a/k/a corn whiskey), many other spirits are produced as well. Judges for spirits are drawn from well-known and in some cases nationally honored spirits professionals who practice their art in Georgia.
The Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank this year’s (and past years’) judges for their contributions and participation, as well as the volunteers, including students, whose essential efforts in the back room assembling the flights make this event possible.
Watch this site for details about the upcoming gala awards banquet, to be held Monday, October 28, 2019. Location to be announced.