Judging Information

The 2021 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival Judged Competition will take place on July 9 and 10.


All medal winners will be announced on July 17, 2021

 Wineries: Please click on the link below for the 2021 Entry Form for complete details on this year's judging. The deadline for submitting wines is June 30, 2021.

Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival 2021 Judges


Jeff Peda

  • Over 35 years of experience in the wine industry’s wholesale and supply sectors, working with both domestic and international wineries and brands

  • Managing partner of VinCru USA, a sales and marketing agency he established in 2016

  • Past judge for the Seattle Wine Awards


Maria “Mele” Sosa

  • Graduate of Chile’s Catholic University with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology

  • Past work at UC Davis’ Viticultural and Oenology and Food Science Departments, Spring Mountain Winery in St. Helena, California as assistant winemaker, and Carolina Wine Brands in Chile

  • Currently resides in Issaquah, Washington and serves as Brand Ambassador for Uruguay’s Bodega Garzon


Amberleigh Brownson

  • Extensive work in management and wine development programs for restaurants in Whatcom County

  • Director of Operations for Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery, a 2019 Recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

  • Guild of Master Sommeliers Level 1

  • Past judge for Great Northwest Wine, Sip Northwest, and the Seattle Wine Awards


Jeremiah Nelson

  • Over 10 years of experience in the wine industry including tenures at DeLille Cellars and Bayernmoor Cellars, where he currently works as General Manager

  • Guild of Master Sommeliers Level 2

  • Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 3 (Advanced)


Tim Fuller

  • Over 25 years of experience developing wine programs for Bellingham-area restaurants

  • Four years in wine industry retail at Compass Wines, Anacortes

  • Past judge for the Northwest Wine Summit and for the Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival since its inception


Tracy Olney

  • Nearly 20 years of wholesale and retail experience in the wine industry

  • Member of the Society of Wine Educators and Certified Educator of Wine

  • Founder of her own wine club, which has been operating continuously since 1991 and focuses on helping women become more confident and educated wine buyers.



Dan Radil (Moderator)

  • Wine educator at Bellingham Technical College for 15 years

  • Writer of his own wine blog for over 15 years and currently a free-lance wine writer for Wine Press Northwest and Bellingham Alive magazines and DiscoverWashingtonWine. com

  • Past judge for the Northwest Wine Summit and Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival