Eric Sigmund

Attorney turned certified wine and spirits professional, working as wine manager and buyer at Total Wines, MD.

Directly lead 20-30 sales team members and oversee additional 50+ merchandisers and cashiers in high volume ($50M) store. Led store to 8.3% topline sales increase and exceeded target increase in proprietary wine sales for fiscal year 2017. Led store to first increase in market penetration of proprietary product in three years.

Manage portfolio of nearly 8,000 distinct wines from around the world including: managing inventory levels and maintaining in-stock positions of products; overseeing product merchandising and creation of high-quality presentations; directing store’s vintage certification program; managing store’s “fragile whites” program designed to identify wines at risk of declining quality and eliminate at risk items from inventory; and creating and executing sales strategies to increase sales velocity of proprietary products.

Develop team members’ wine and sales acumen by providing an array of product, merchandising and sales trainings.


Meet our 2018 Judges

Amy Witz

Sommelier at Hyatt Regency Chicago

Sommelier at Hyatt Regency Chicago

Greg Forshay, CSW

Wine Manager at HEB Central Market, TX, USA

Greg has over 20 years’ experience in the wine industry, both in hospitality and retail. He has been a Wine and Beer manager for Central Market for 7 years, where he is responsible for a 1700 bottle selection.

He enjoys working for a co

Sue Straight

Wine Director at Oakville Grocery

Wine Director at Oakville Grocery

Tim Hanni MW

Master of Wine, OR, USA

Tim Hanni, one of the first two Americans to earn the title of Master of Wine. A professionally trained chef, and international consultant to the wine industry, Hanni is the author of “Why You Like the Wines You Like; Changing the way the world t

Remi Petri

Head of Procurement at

Head of Procurement at

Yong Zhu

Lead Mixologist, China Live Ventures Limited

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