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Two Days to Judge Record-Breaking Number of Entries

Grand Cru judges arrive from throughout the United States to participate in the international wine competition. Our list of professional judges includes local wholesalers, wine merchants and restaurateurs, as well as wine industry leaders and wine columnists. Dan Berger, Syndicated Wine Columnist and Publisher of Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, is continuing as Chief Judge for the sixteenth consecutive year. The competition takes place over two days.

Approximately 1,500 wine entries are anticipated for 2014. Hundreds and hundreds of cases of wines are received from February through June in our storage facility and loaded on pallets. In June they are then moved to the competition prep site where all wines entered are processed for the competition. One day before the competition the wines are then moved to the Long Beach Petroleum Club site where they will be judged over a period of two days.

For information on the LBGC’s judging process, please visit Judging Process.

2014 Long Beach Grand Cru Competition Judges

Dan Berger, Chief Judge
Syndicated wine writer and
publisher of Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences

Tom Bohr
Professional Wine Tasting Champion
Redlands, CA

William Bloxsom-Carter
Executive Chef/Food & Beverage Director
Playboy Mansion West
Los Angeles, CA

Rene Chazottes
Director of Wine
Pacific Club
Newport Beach, CA

Christopher Cook
Wine Columnist

Debra Del Fiorentino
Owner of Wine Radius, Sommelier, CWP, CSW
San Francisco, CA

Mike Dunne
Food and Wine Writer,
Sacramento Bee
Sacramento, CA

Robert Foster
Assistant Editor
California Grapevine
San Diego, CA

David Friedenberg
Tasting Panel California Grapevine
San Diego, CA

Don Galleano
Galleano Winery
Mira Loma CA

Ron Gillies
Wine Consultant and Founder
Lone Cypress Importers
Irvine, CA

Jane Goodnight
Sales and Management
Wine & Spirits Industry

Joe Hart
Hart Winery
Temecula, CA


Adam Lazarre
Wine Maker/Director of Operations
Villa San Juliette/Lazarre Family Wines
Soledad, CA

Ann Littlefield
International Wine & Spirits Marketing
Napa, CA

Tim McDonald
President, Wine Spoken Here
Napa, CA

Dr. Fred Nury
Emeritus Professor of Enology
CSU Fresno
Fresno, CA

George Skorka
Wine Personality
Consulting Sommelier at Church and State
Los Angeles, CA

Jeff Slankard
Wine Director
Barons Marketplace
San Diego, CA

David Stevens
Senior Wine Consultant
Davon International

Tom Sweet
Partner, Ca` del Sole Restaurant
Toluca Lake, CA

Jim Trezise
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Penn Yan, NY

David Vergari
Wine Maker
Vergari Wines
Temecula, CA

Alex Weil
Beverly Hills, CA

Stephen H. Young
Judge in Training
New York, NY

The Competition will be held on Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, 2014. The competition is closed to the public.