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The Judging Panel

Limited production wines. Direct from the source.

We are wine educators with decades of experience judging international wine competitions and curating wine lists at Michelin-star restaurants. We visit with producers around the world to learn more about their wines, wineries and winemakers – bringing back the most captivating bottles for us each to taste.

Every week we judge different vintages and if we all award a wine 90+ points and believe the bottle is worth more than it costs, we offer it to you. Of the 20,000 wines we taste each year, less than 1% make the cut.

The Judging Panel

Matt Deller MW,

Master of Wine

Matt is one of only 45 Masters of Wine in the U.S. He judges international wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, TEXSOM International Wine Competition, and the Sydney International Top 100 Wine Awards, 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.

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Sur Lucero MS,

Master Sommelier

Sur is the 14th Krug Cup recipient, passing all three sections of the Master Sommelier exam on his first attempt. Previously National Director for Wine Education at Jackson Family Wines, he has been wine director or sommelier at restaurants such as The French Laundry, The Little Nell, Cyrus, Meadowood, and Daniel Boulud. In 2011, Wine & Spirits Magazine named Sur one of the Country's Top New Sommeliers.

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Vanessa Conlin,

Napa Insider

Vanessa was head of sales and marketing for several of Napa’s most prestigious estates including Arietta Wines, Dana Estates, and Realm Cellars. Previously, she was a retail buyer and wine bar wine director in New York. She’s a Napa charity auction Chairperson, holds the WSET Diploma, and was the recipient of the Niki Singer Memorial Scholarship from the International Wine Center. Vanessa is a student in the Master of Wine program and has passed the Theory portion of the MW exams.

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Adam Lapierre MW, 

Master of Wine

Adam is one of 45 Masters of Wine in the U.S. He judges in top wine competitions such as the TEXSOM International Wine Competition and serves on the Education Committee for the Institute of Masters of Wine. Adam held numerous management roles for importer Frederick Wildman and Sons – and has also earned his Certified Sommelier designation from the Court of Master Sommeliers and his Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

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