2019 ABA Judges

We couldn’t accomplish anything without our talented pool of judges at the Alberta Beverage Awards.

It takes a special balance of experience, talent, and knowledge to accurately assess flight after flight of blind samples to find the purest expressions of grape, spirit, and grain but also spot faults, avoid palate fatigue, and still look for balance and flavour.

Our judges include some of the finest palates in the province – drawn from restaurants, retail operations, consultants and educators.

We’ve been told that people avoid having trade tastings the week of the competition since we have most of Alberta’s key beverage influencers on our judging panel!

Brad Royale
Brad Royale Consulting
Bruce Soley
River Café
Cam Pinkney
Oliver & Bonacini
Darren Oleksyn
Calgary Herald
Dave Gingrich
Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Dave Nuttall
Epicurious
Erin Loader
Bricks Wine Co.
Jenny Book
Fine Vintage
John Papavacilopoulos
Oak and Vine
Jynnifer Gibson
National Music Center-King Eddy
Kirk Bodnar
Beers n’ Such Consulting
Laurie MacKay
CBC Radio
Marcia J. Hamm
Joy of Wine
Margaux Burgess
Alberta Liquor Store Association
Mike Burns
Teatro Group
Mike Roberts
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
Nathalie Gosselin
Vine Styles
Peter Smolarz
Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Ray Lamontagne
Pop & Pour
Tim Harder
Highlander Wine & Spirits

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