The Judging Panel
Matt Deller, MW
Matt is one of only 45 Masters of Wine in the U.S. He judges international wine competitions, is an Instructor on the faculty of the Napa Valley Wine Academy, an expert panelist at several international wine events, and writes for various wine publications.
Sur Lucero, MS
Sur is the 14th Krug Cup recipient, passing all three sections of the Master Sommelier exam on his first attempt. He has been wine director or sommelier at The French Laundry and Daniel Boulud. In 2011, Wine & Spirits Magazine named Sur one of the Country's Top New Sommeliers.
Vanessa was head of sales and marketing for several of Napa’s most prestigious estates including Arietta Wines, Dana Estates, and Realm Cellars. She was the recipient of the Niki Singer Memorial Scholarship from the International Wine Center and is a Master of Wine candidate.
Adam Lapierre, MW
Adam is one of only 45 Masters of Wine in the U.S. He judges international wine competitions and serves on the Education Committee for the Institute of Masters of Wine. He has also earned his Certified Sommelier designation from the Court of Master Sommeliers.