Ultimate Wine Challenge Announces 2012 Judges

Fourteen of the world’s foremost wine authorities are gathering at New York’s Astor Center April 24-27 to rate the world’s finest red, rosé, white, fortified, sparkling wines and sakes at Ultimate Beverage Challenge’s 2012 Ultimate Wine Challenge. Led by Judging Chairmen F. Paul Pacult and Sean Ludford, this stellar group of superstar buyers, journalists, educators, sommeliers and consultants includes six Masters of Wine, a title that is internationally recognized as the pinnacle of professional achievement in the world of wine.

USC 2012 Judges are:

• Chairman F. Paul Pacult, journalist, educator
• Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, journalist, consultant
• Michael Apstein, columnist, reviewer
• Christy Canterbury, MW, buyer, writer, educator
• James Conley, buyer, sommelier
• Doug Frost, MS, MW, author, educator, journalist
• Mary Ewing Mulligan, MW, educator
• Mary Gorman, MW, educator
• Lisa Granik, MW, educator, writer, consultant
• Ed McCarthy, author, writer, consultant
• John McClement, buyer
• Patricia Savoie, journalist, educator
• Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW, author, educator
• Tara Q. Thomas, journalist, author

Says UBC Judging Chairman and founding member F. Paul Pacult, “I’m not aware of any other wine competition that’s stacked with so much knowledge and professionalism. These powerhouse judges have been chosen for their consistent judging excellence. Many are also buyers who, together, purchase many thousands of cases of wine each year. If I were a wine producer, importer or marketer, this is the  group of acknowledged international experts that I’d demand to evaluate my wine. I’d want to know straight from the best palates how my wines rate."

The deadline for entries is April 13. For additional information go to www.ultimate-beverage.com or contact directly at [email protected] or 1-347-878-6551.


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