Richard Fillmore CSW

He is a CSW, Level 2 Sommelier (Masters of Sommelier Program), and now studying for Champagne Master Certificate from the Wine Scholar Guild. Wine started in his life as a bargain scavenger hunt trying to find those 90+ point wines for under $20 listed in Wine Spectator and his mission was to find those wines each weekend! He was infatuated with wanting to know everything about wine, spirits, and beer. To this day, He still work all day with wine and beverages and goes home to read more about wine in magazines, online webinars, and writing wine reviews for his blog at www.WineSplashing.com. Richard enjoy's writing and have also written for Wine Connoisseur Magazine, Snooth, Wine Country, Red White and Cru, and more. He love's being educated about wine so he can spread the excitement to his employees, customers, and clients. 

Richard started out in 2004 as a Wine Consultant at a local gourmet market in Michigan called Busch’s Marketplace which had 12 Detroit area locations. Then moved up to Beverage Buyer to Regional Director of Wine and Beverages in 2013 with 2 other grocery chains, World Market and Westborn Market. Later, he hired the best team possible who were as excited about wine as he was! His responsibilities included eye catching merchandising, finding great wines at the best price, building the wine and beer categories, category management, events, and marketing. He used Nielsen data to keep the scope of the wine world and staying on top of the competition and pricing. He called his buying strategies the “Trifecta”. A combination of an attractive wine label, a fair price, and an enticing flavor that best promotes the grape variety.

He became a Sommelier in 2013 and moved to Virginia in 2016 where he started working in the tasting room at Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurants in Richmond as their Sommelier. Responsible for finding the best wine pairing for his guests meals, inventory, training employees, and providing the best impression of Cooper’s Hawk. When he is not at the restaurant, he enjoy's doing wine consulting at local stores in Charlottesville part-time to help them find the best wines that will sell with the best margin. His forte is brand management, retail buying, merchandising, hosting food and wine tasting events and educational seminars. But he is a master of writing wine reviews, evaluating wine flavor profiles, restaurant menu development, and enticing folks to buy and taste some great wines!

Judges

Meet our 2019 Judges

Sue Straight

Wine Director at Oakville Grocery

Wine Director at Oakville Grocery

Mauro Cirilli

Wine & Beverage director @ Sidecar Hospitality (Press Club, Schroeder's, The Elite Cafe, PCH), CA, USA

Wine & Beverage director @ Sidecar Hospitality (Press Club, Schroeder's, The Elite Cafe, PCH)

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