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Kryss Speegle MW from O'Neill Vintners & Distillers joins the judging panel at the 2021 USA Wine Ratings. California-based Master of Wine and industry professional with over twenty years of experience in wine production, sales, and education will strengthen the judging panel at USA Wine Ratings.
She has an M.S. in Food Science/Enology from U.C. Davis and her practical training included harvests in Germany and New Zealand as well as California. After working extensively in the Sonoma Valley, in 2011 Kryss joined O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, a leading supplier of California bulk wine and spirits, where she has worked in winemaking, sales, and business development. She also teaches at the Napa Valley Wine Academy, where her classes include the WSET curriculum and custom-designed programs for private clients. Kryss lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter.
The Institute of Masters of Wine is a membership organization whose members are the Masters of Wine. The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community.
MWs prove their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the MW exam, recognized globally for its rigour and exacting standards. The MW exam involves a series of theory papers and blind tasting examinations, plus an individual research paper on a subject that will contribute to the understanding of the world of wine. After passing the exam, MWs are required to sign a code of conduct before they are entitled to use the initials MW. The code of conduct requires MWs to act with honesty and integrity and to use every opportunity to share their understanding of wine with others. Since the first exam in 1953, 493 people have become MW, and the IMW actively seeks new candidates around the world.
America's top wine buyers that include 14 masters of wine and regional and national buyers will gather in San Francisco this July to judge the 2021 USA Wine Ratings.
The USA Wine Ratings competition, which is organized by Beverage Trade Network prides itself on working with preeminent judges that have direct buying responsibility in their roles. This competition that happens every year in San Francisco will see buyers assess wines by their quality, value, and package.