2011 Judges

Los Angeles

Lou Amdur, Proprietor, Lou

Patrick Comiskey, Senior Corresponent, Wine & Spirits

Margot Dougherty, Food writer; Editor zesterdaily.com 

Barbara Fairchild, Culinary Authority, former editor-in-chief Bon Appetit

Jonathan Gold, Restaurant Critic, LA Weekly; 2007 Pulitzer for Criticism

Barbara Hansen, Food & wine writer, www.tableconversation.com

Stacie Hunt, Sommelier; Splash ProductionsNPR, wine journalist/blogger

Joshua Liberman, Cultural Photographer, thetaoofphotography.com

Mary Sue Milliken, Chef/Owner, Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants

Russ Parsons, Food Editor, Los Angeles Times; Author

Amy ReileyEatSomethingSexy.com; Author

Anna Roth,  eHow Food Editor; Author

San Francisco

Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, SF Chronicle

Mary Burnham, Author, Food & Wine 2012 Wine Guide; Freelance writer

Mark Dommen, Chef/Partner One Market Restaurant

John FingerHog Island Oyster Company

Elaine Johnson, Associate Food Editor, Sunset Magazine

Michelle Anna Jordan, Press Democrat; Wine Enthusiast; "Mouthful" KRCB-FM

Tim McDonaldWine Spoken Here

Jean Dietz Sexton, Contributing Editor, MarketWatch Magazine

Rod Smith, wine writer

Harvey Steiman, Editor at Large, Wine Spectator

Molly Watson, Food writer and host of "I'd Eat That"

Seattle

*Tom Arthur, General Manager, Elliott's Oyster House

Renee Erickson, Chef/Owner, the Walrus and the Carpenter,  Boat Street Café

Claire Hansen, General Manager, Flying Fish

**Chuck Hill, Wine Writer; Author; Publisher, "Joy of Oysters"

Ronald Holden, Wine & food writer; Cornichon.org

**Lane Hoss, Vice President of Marketing, Anthony's Restaurants

Braiden Rex Johnson, Cookbook author; Food & wine writer/blogger

Leslie KellySeriousEats.comAlDenteBlog.com; Whining and Dining

Richard Kinssies, Wine Outlets, Greenlake Wines, Seattle Wine School

Dan McCarthy, Proprietor,McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants

Craig Miller, Wine Guy, Top Foods, "Craig Recommends"

Cynthia Nims, Food writer and cookbook author; Mon Appetit LLC

*Chris Nishiwaki, Freelance writer

Bruce Sturgeon, General Manager, Blueacre Seafood

Bill Taylor, President, Taylor Shellfish Farms

**Gerry Warren, Enological Society Pacific Northwest; Slow Food

Bill WhitbeckTaylor Shellfish Farms; Co-author, "Joy of Oysters"

*Preliminary Judge

**Preliminary Judge only

 


2010 Judges

Los Angeles

Grant Adair, General Manager, King's Fish House, Calabasas

Amy Albert, Senior Associate Editor, Bon Appétit

Bob Blumer, The Surreal Gourmet

Margot Dougherty, Food writer; Editor zesterdaily.com 

Jerry Garbus, Senior Manager, Ocean Avenue Seafood

Barbara Hansen, Food & wine writer, www.tableconversation.com

Stacie Hunt, NPR, wine journalist, Splash Productions

Heather John, Contributing Editor, Bon Appetit

Mary Sue Milliken, Chef/Owner, Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants

Russ Parsons, Food Editor, Los Angeles Times, Author

San Francisco

Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, SF Chronicle

Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Radio

Jerry DiVecchio, Writer, food-wine-life

Tim McDonaldWine Spoken Here

Jan Newberry, Senior Editor, San Francisco Magazine

Rod Smith, wine writer

Bob Steffes, General Manager, Hog Island Oyster Company

Molly Watson, Food writer and host of "I'd Eat That"

Olivia Wu, Executive Chef, Google

Liza ZImmerman, Editor-in-chief, Cheers

Seattle

*Tom Arthur, Senior Manager, Elliott's Oyster House

Renee Erickson, Chef/Owner, Boat Street Café

*Claire Hansen, Manager, Flying Fish

Chuck Hill, Wine Writer; Author; Publisher, "Joy of Oysters"

Ronald Holden, Wine & food writer; Cornichon.org

*Lane Hoss, Vice President of Marketing, Anthony's Restaurants

Leslie Kelly, SeriousEats.com; AlDenteBlog.com.; Whining and Dining

*Sarah McCabe, Manager, Steelhead Diner

Dan McCarthy, Proprietor, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants

Craig Miller, Wine Guy," Top Foods, "Craig Recommends"

Bruce Sturgeon, General Manager, Blueacre Seafood

Erik Tanaka, Executive Chef and Partner, Tom Douglas Restaurants

*Luke Wohlers, Wine & Spirits Educator

*Preliminary Judge


 


2009

Los Angeles

Grant Adair, General Manager, King's Fish House, Calabasas

Amy Albert, Senior Associate Editor, Bon Appétit

Lou Amdur, Proprietor, Lou

Patrick Comiskey, Senior Correspondent, Wine & Spirits

Johanna Jacobson, photo journalist, AIS sommelier

Lena Katz, Author, SIP Guide, Globe Pequot 2009

Jerry Garbus, Senior Manager, Ocean Avenue Seafood

Jonathan Gold, Restaurant Critic, LA Weekly; 2007 Pulitzer for Criticism

Stacie HuntNPR, wine journalist, Splash Productions

Mary Sue Milliken, Chef/Owner, Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants

Russ Parsons, food writer, Los Angeles Times; Author

Amy ReileyEatSomethingSexy.com

Anna Roth, freelance food writer

Robert Small, Professor, Cal Poly Pomona and Chairman, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

San Francisco

Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, SF Chronicle

Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Radio

Jerry DiVecchio, writer, food-wine-life

Mark Dommen, Chef/Partner One Market Restaurant

Michael Dunne, freelance wine writer and consultant, Sacramento

John FingerHog Island Oyster Company

Tim McDonaldWine Spoken Here

Jan Newberry, Senior Editor, San Francisco Magazine

Jeff Prather, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant/Oxbow Wine Merchant

Rod Smith, wine writer

Harvey Steiman, Editor at Large, Wine Spectator

Molly Watson, Food writer and host of "I'd Eat That"

Olivia Wu, Executive Chef, Google

Liza ZImmerman, Editor-in-chief, Cheers

Seattle

*Tom Arthur, Senior Manager, Elliott's Oyster House

*Shannon Borg, wine writer

Kevin Davis, Chef/Owner, Steelhead Diner

**Renee Erickson, Chef/Owner, Boat Street Café

Claire Hansen, server, Flying Fish

*Chuck Hill, Wine Writer; Author; Publisher, "Joy of Oysters"

Ronald Holden, Wine & food writer; Cornichon.org

Lane Hoss, Marketing Director, Anthony's Restaurants

Richard Kinssies, Proprietor, Wine Outlet; wine writer

Nancy Leson, Seattle Times, "All You Can Eat"

**Dan McCarthy, Proprietor, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants

Craig Miller, Wine Guy," Top Foods, "Craig Recommends"

Maggie Savarino Dutton, "Search & Distill" columnist for the Seattle Weekly

*Gerry Warren, Enological Society Pacific Northwest; Slow Food

Bill Whitbeck, Taylor Shellfish Farms; co-author, "Joy of Oysters"

*Preliminary Judge

**Preliminary Judge Only

Previous Oyster Wine Judges

 


2008

Los Angeles

Lou Amdur, Proprietor, Lou

Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle        

Bob Blumer, aka The Surreal Gourmet        

Michael Cimarusti, Co-owner/Exec Chef, Providence

Patrick Comiskey, Senior Correspondent, Wine & Spirits

Traci Des Jardins, Chef/Owner Jardinière (San Francisco)

Jerry Garbus, Beverage Director, King's Seafood

Jonathan Gold, Restaurant Critic, LA Weekly; 2007 Pulitzer for Criticism

Chris Hopgood, General Manager, Ocean Ave Seafood

Stacie Hunt, NPR, wine journalist        

Mary Sue Milliken, Chef/Owner, Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants

Russ Parsons, food writer, Los Angeles Times; Author        

Robert Small, Professor, Cal Poly Pomona and Chairman, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 

San Francisco

Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, SF Chronicle

Bronwen Clark, Rodney's Oyster House (Toronto)

Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Radio

Jerry DiVecchio, writer, food-wine-life

Mark Dommen, Chef/Partner One Market Restaurant

Michael Dunne, Food Editor, Wine Columnist, Restaurant Critic, Sacramento Bee

Greg Hinds, Hog Island Oyster Bar

Millie Howie, wine writer

Jan Newberry, Senior Editor, SF Magazine

Harvey Steiman, Editor at Large, Wine Spectator

Tim TeichGraeber, wine writer; SF Chronicle; Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Cooking Pleasures

Robert Thompson, wine writer

Seattle

*Tom Arthur, Senior Manager, Elliott's Oyster House

Jessica Skye Bolt, Assistant General Manager and Wine Director, Steelhead Diner

*Shannon Borg, wine writer

Renee Erickson, Chef/Owner, Boat Street Café

Adriana Grant, Editor "Food Files", Seattle Weekly

*Chuck Hill, Wine Writer; Author; Publisher, "Joy of Oysters"

*Lane Hoss, Marketing Director, Anthony's Restaurants

Blair King, Executive Chef, The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House

*Doug King, Wine Steward, Metropolitan Market-Sand Point

Richard Kinssies, Proprietor, Wine Outlet; Wine Columnist, Seattle P.I.

Nancy Leson, Food Columnist, Seattle Times

*Dan McCarthy, Proprietor, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants

Craig Miller, "Wine Guy," Top Foods

Cynthia Nims, writer

Gerry Warren, Enological Society Pacific Northwest; Slow Food

Nels Webber, Server, Elliott's Oyster House

*Preliminary Judge

 


2007

Los Angeles

Lou Amdur, Proprietor, Lou 

Peter Birmingham, Sommelier, Il Grano

Bob Blumer, aka The Surreal Gourmet

Jonathan Gold, Restaurant Critic, LA Weekly; 2007 Pulitzer for Criticism

Stacie Hunt, NPR Wine Journalist

Steven Infield, Manager, Water Grill

Mary Sue Milliken, Chef/Owner, Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants, cookbook author, radio and TV personality

Russ Parsons, Food Writer, Los Angeles Times; Author

Dan Fredman, Dan Fredman P. R. & Marketing

William Rice, Contributing Editor, Sante

Tim McDonald, Wine Spoken Here

El Don Turner, Food & Lifestyle Editor, Estylo Magazine

San Francisco

Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

Jerry DiVecchio, Writer, food-wine-life

Michael Dunne, Food Editor, Wine Columnist, Restaurant Critic, Sacramento Bee

John Finger, President, Hog Island Oyster Co.

Gilian HandelmanWine & Spirits Magazine; Paul Marcus Wines

Millie Howie, wine writer

Michele Anna JordanPress Democrat; Wine Enthusiast; “Mouthful” KRCB-FM

Jan Newberry, Senior Editor, San Francisco Magazine

Robert Thompson, wine writer

John Hulihan, Director of Beverage and Service, Lark Street Restaurant Group

Steve Pitcher, Contributing Editor, Wine News

Eric Quanstrom, Director of Marketing, Appellation America

Tim TeichGraeber, Wine Writer; San Francisco Chronicle; Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Cooking Pleasures

Seattle

Angela Allen, Freelance Writer

Tom Arthur, Senior Manager, Elliott’s Oyster House

*David Bailey, Consulting Sommelier

Shannon Borg, Lifestyle Editor, Seattle Magazine

*Chuck Hill, Wine Writer; Author; Publisher, "Joy of Oysters"

*Doug King, Metropolitan Market-Sand Point, Wine Steward; Anthony’s Oyster Games Hall of Fame

Richard Kinssies, Proprietor, Wine Outlet; Wine Columnist, Seattle P.I.

*Dan McCarthy, Proprietor, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants

Craig Miller, “Wine Guy”, Top Foods

Bill Taylor, President, Taylor Shellfish Farms

*Gerry Warren, Judging Committee Chair, Seattle Wine Society

Oyster Bill Whitbeck, Taylor Shellfish Farms; co-author, "Joy of Oysters"

*Preliminary Judge

 


2006

Los Angeles

Bob Blumer, aka the Surreal Gourmet

Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle

Rita Connely, Food writer/reviewer,Tucson Weekly

Ethan Flannagan, Wine Buyer, Ocean Ave Seafood

Andrea Gainer, Assistant Wine Buyer, Boa’s Steakhouse

Jonathan Gold, Restaurant critic, LA Weekly

Stacie Hunt, Wine reporter, NPR; Partner Du Vin Wine & Spirits

Steven Infield, Manager, Watergrill

Joe Manzella, Owner, TAPS Fish House & Brewery 

Mary Sue Milliken, Proprietor, Border Grill Santa Monica & Las Vegas, Ciudad; author; Co-Host, “Hot Dish” KFWB AM, “Talk of the Table” KPCC FM

Russ Parsons, Food writer, Los Angeles Times; author

Matt Stein, Chief Seafood Officer, King’s Seafood

San Francisco

Lynne Bennett, Staff writer/wine coordinator, San Francisco Chronicle

Tina Caputo, Managing Editor, Wines and Vines

Kimberly Charles, Owner, Charles Communications

Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Radio

Michael Dunne, Food editor, wine columnist,  restaurant critic, Sacramento Bee

Mike Eady, riter, California Food & Wine

Gilian Handleman, Director of Marketing and Education, Wine & Spirits

Millie Howie. wine writer

John Hulihan, Director of Beverage and Service, The Lark Creek Restaurant Group

Steve Pitcher, Contributing Editor, Wine News 

Rod Smith, writer at large, Wine & Spirits Magazine

Harvey Steiman, Editor at Large, Wine Spectator

Robert Thompson, wine writer

Seattle

*David Bailey, wine consultant

Sherry Bell, Wine Steward, Magnolia Thriftway

Shayn Bjornholm, MS, Wine Director, Canlis

Greg Hinton, General Manager, Elliott’s Oyster House

Brian Huse, General Manager, Flying Fish

*Chuck Hill, wine writer, author, publisher "Joy of Oysters"

Lane Hoss, Marketing Director, Anthony's Restaurants

*Richard Kinssies, proprietor, Wine Outlet; wine columnist, Seattle PI

*Dan McCarthy, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants; wine columnist,Seattle Metropolitan

Lori McKean, food & wine writer; co-author, Joy of Oysters

Craig Miller, "Wine Guy," Top Foods

Gerry Warren, Enological Society Pacific Northwest; Slow Food

*Preliminary Judge

 


2005

Los Angeles

Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle

Katy Budge, Central Coast Food/Wine writer; Writer/Editor, Vintages wine magazine, San Luis Obispo

Stacie Hunt, wine reporter, NPR; Partner Du Vin Wine & Spirits

Mary Sue Milliken, proprietor, Border Grill Santa Monica & Las Vegas, Ciudad; author; Co-Host, "Hot Dish" KFWB AM, "Talk of the Table" KPCC FM

Susan Moon, proprietor, Delmonico’s 

Russ Parsons, food writer, Los Angeles Times; author

Martha Rose Shulman, cookbook author

Dr. Robert Small, Dean and Professor, Cal Poly Pomona; Chairman, Los Angeles County Wine Competition 

Matt Stein, Seafood Officer, King's Seafood

San Francisco

Kimberly Charles, owner, Charles Communications

Dan Clarke, Editor/Publisher, California Food & Wine

Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Radio

Jerry Anne Di Vecchio, writer, food-wine-life

Gilian Handleman, Director of Marketing and Education, Wine & Spirits

Millie Howie. wine writer

Stephen Ledbetter, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Jan Newberry, editor, San Francisco Magazine

Rod Smith, Writer-at-Large, Wine & Spirits

Tim Teichgraeber, wine columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Robert Thompson, wine writer

Wilfred Wong, Cellarmaster, Beverages & More!

Olivia Wu, food writer and columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

Seattle

*David Bailey, wine consultant

Sherry Bell, Wine Steward, Magnolia Thriftway

Shayn Bjornholm, M.S., Director of Wines, Canlis 

Danielle Custer, Executive Chef, Seattle Art Museum

Greg Hinton, General Manager, Elliott’s Oyster House

Brian Huse, General Manager, Flying Fish

Chuck Hill, wine writer, author, publisher "Joy of Oysters"

*Lane Hoss, Marketing Director, Anthony's Restaurants

*Richard Kinssies, proprietor, Wine Outlet; wine columnist, Seattle PI

*Dan McCarthy, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants

Lori McKean, food & wine writer; co-author, “Joy of Oysters”

Craig Miller, "Wine Guy," Top Foods

Bill Taylor, President, Taylor Shellfish Farms

*Gerry Warren, Enological Society Pacific Northwest ; Slow Food Puget Sound

*Preliminary Judge

 


2004

Los Angeles

Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle

Katy Budge, Central Coast Food/Wine writer; Writer/Editor, Vintages wine magazine, San Luis Obispo

Stacie Hunt, Wine Reporter, NPR; Partner, Du Vin Wine & Spirits

Robert Hyman, Proprietor, Bluewater Grill

Mary Sue Milliken, Proprietor, Border Grill Santa Monica & Las Vegas, Ciudad: author; Co-Host, "Hot Dish" KFWB AM, "Talk of the Table" KPCC FM

Kristin Monda, Server/Sommelier, Water Grill

Susan Moon, Proprietor, Delmonico’s

Russ Parsons, Food Writer, Los Angeles Times; author

E. J. Peters, Manager, Chaya Venice

Dianna Riffone, Consulting Chef

Melba Rodrigues, Executive Chef, McCormick’s & Schmick’s, El Segundo

Martha Rose Shulman, cookbook author

Matt Stein, Seafood Officer, King’s Seafood

Steve Tindle, Wine Director, Shaw’s Crab House, Chicago 

San Francisco

John Bauccio, Manager, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants

Dan Clarke, Editor/Publisher, California Food & Wine

Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Radio

Jerry Anne Di Vecchio, Writer, food-wine-life

Barbara Ensrud, Contributor, Wall St. Journal; author; Wine Educator, Duke University

Gilian Handleman, Director of Marketing and Education, Wine & Spirits

Jay Harlow, Freelance seafood writer, author of West Coast Seafood

Jordan Mackay, Wine editor, 7 x 7

André Saphy, Archachon, France

David C. Thompson, Oyster & wine aficionado

Wilfred Wong, Cellarmaster, Beverages & More!

Olivia Wu, Food writer and columnist, San Francisco Chronicle 

Seattle 

*David Bailey, Wine consultant

Nate Beachler, Wine Manager, Oceanaire Seafood Room

Shannon Borg, Wine educator; Slow Food Seattle

Greg Hinton, General Manager, Elliott’s Oyster House

Brian Huse, General Manager, Flying Fish

*Chuck Hill, Wine writer, author, publisher "Joy of Oysters"

*Lane Hoss, Marketing Director, Anthony's Restaurants

*Richard Kinssies, Wine Columnist, Seattle PI

Kurt Krause, Wine Manager, Larry’s Markets

*Dan McCarthy, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants

Lori McKean, Food & wine writer; co-author, “Joy of Oysters

Craig Miller, "Wine Guy," Top Foods

Cynthia Nims, Food writer/editor, Seattle Magazine; author

*Gerry Warren, Enological Society Pacific Northwest ; Slow Food Puget Sound

*Preliminary Judge

 


2003

New York

Rebecca Charles, Proprietor, Pearl Oyster Bar

Maggie Davis, Associate Editor, Food Arts

Michael Garvey, General Manager, Grand Central Oyster Bar

John Grossman, Freelance Food Writer

Karen King, Wine Director, Union Square Cafe

Paul McLaughlin, Managing Partner, Oceana

Bryan Miller, Food/Wine Writer

Thomas Norberg, Director of Food and Beverages, Plaza Hotel

Ruth Reichl, Editor in Chief, Gourmet

Greg Harrington, Corporate Beverage Director, B.R. Guest, Inc; Master Sommelier

Jerry Shriver, Food and Wine Writer, USA Today

Jeffrey Steingarten, Food Critic, Vogue

Bill Taylor, President, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Shelton, WA

Steve Tindle, WIne Buyer, Shaw's Crab House, Chicago

Anthony Walton, Executive Chef, Central Park Boathouse, Riverbay Bar & Grill

 

San Francisco

Dan Clarke, Editor/Publisher California Wine & Food Magazine

Patrick Comiskey, Senior Editor, Wine & Spirits

Narsai David, Food and Wine Editor, KCBS Radio

Jay Harlow, Freelance Seafood Writer, Author West Coast Seafood

Armen Jeghelian, Executive Chef, McCormicj & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant

Michele Anna Jordan, Writer; Radio Host and Producer, KRCB-FM

Karen MacNeil, "The WIne Bible"; Chair, Wine Studies Program, CIA

David Munyon, Managing Partner, King's Seafood, Long Beach

Neil Rathnayake, General Manager, Waterfront Restaurant

Rod Smith, Wine Columnist, Los Angeles Times

Harvey Steiman, Editor at large, Wine Spectator

Bob Thompson, WIne Writer

 

Seattle

David Bailey, Sommelier, Four Seasons Olympic Hotel

Nate Beechler, Assit. General Manager, The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Paul Gregut, WIne COlumnist, Seattle Time/Wine Enthusiast

Greg Hinton, General Manager, Elliott's Oyster House

Brian Huse, General Manager, Flying Fish

*Chuck Hill, Wine Writer; Publisher "Joy of Oysters"

*Lane Hoss, Marketing Director, Anthony's Restaurants

*RIchard Kinssies, WIne Columnist, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

**Dan McCarthy, McCarthy & Schiering

Shawn Mead, WIne Manager, Campagne

Craig Miller, "Wine Guy". Top Foods

Cameron Nagel, Editor and Publisher, Northwest Palate

**Jon Rowley, Jon Rowley & Associates

Gerry Warren, Enological Society; Slow Food

Bob Woehler, Wine Columnist, Tri-City Herald/Wine Press Northwest

*Preliminary Judge

**Preliminary Judge Only