Top Wine Buyers Taking Part in 2021 USA Wine Ratings

10/06/2021 The judging will take place on July 26, 2021, in San Francisco.

The USA Wine Ratings prides itself on working with top-level judges that each have direct buying responsibilities in their roles. The key individuals in the USA wine industry collectively have the buying power to list wines from all over the world that are entering the competition. Buyers with the experience of assessing wines on their quality, their value for money proposition and how that is demonstrated through their packaging and design – the three key judging criteria.

Wine producers and winemakers around the world are fixated on creating the best styles and blends of their wines. But however hard they work to get their products right it will all come to nothing unless they can find sommeliers, wine buyers or wine store managers and assistants who can equally believe in what they are making in order to use and sell them in their outlets.

It’s that connection between award-winning wine and the trade community is what the organizer Beverage Trade Network aims to strengthen with 2021 USA Wine Ratings.

USA Wine Ratings Medals

Winning a medal in an international drinks competition has long been regarded as key to getting into the minds of the most important drinks buyers who might end up listing and stocking your brand. The USA Wine Ratings looks to take that to the next stage in two key ways.

Previous Event Image of USA Wine Ratings

The event is all set to take place in person this July. The final submission deadline is June 30, 2021. Only professional wine tasters are involved in the judging process.

Influential judges

First, its judges are made up of some of the most influential national and regional wine buyers and master’s of wine – arguably the world’s most prestigious and influential drinks and wine market in the world. By tasting, sipping and assessing your products the judges are also the ones that will potentially then go on to then pour and serve them in their outlets.

2021 USA Wine Ratings Judges

Here are a few of the judges:

Mollie Battenhouse MW, Master of Wine, National Director of Wine Education at Jackson Family Wines

Ashley Hausman MW, Master of Wine, Educator, Consultant, Sommelier at Mistral Wine School

Kryss Speegle MW, Master of Wine

Susan R Lin MW, Master of Wine and Head of Wine Expertise for online fine wine retailer Belmont Wine Exchange

Tim Hanni MW, Master of Wine

Martin Reyes, MW, Master of Wine and Founder Of Reyes Wine Group

Peter Marks MW, Master of Wine, Partner & Vice President at Napa Valley Wine Academy

Roger Bohmrich MW, Master of Wine

Pat Andress, Wine Product Developer, Trader Joe's Company

Henry Brimo DipWSET, Wine Category Manager - Southeastern Grocers, Jacksonville, Florida

Bruce Abbott, Wine and Spirits Category Manager at Brown Jug Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

Patrick Farrell, MD, MW, Master of Wine

Olga Crawford MW, Master of Wine

Bob Paulinski MW, Master of Wine, Founder and President, Stellar Bottles LLC

Clare (Brown) Tooley MW, Master of Wine and Director of Wine Development for Lionstone International

Dan Philcox, Liquor Sales Manager – Albertson’s Companies (Shaw’s / Star Market)

Picture of a wine store in Maryland, USA

Picture of a wine store in Maryland, USA showing the competition producers face. Getting in front of the trade buyer and then being able to see your package is a great benefit as buyers will later be able to recognize the brands they liked. USA Wine Ratings rates by quality, value, and package - exactly how trade buys and how their consumers purchase.


If you would like to find out more about the USA Wine Ratings then click here.

You can find the full list of judges here

Winners Announced: July 26, 2021

2021 USA Wine Ratings submission is closed now. View the list of judges here. View winning benefits here.