2018 KCCWC & Commissioner’s Cup Judges
Glenn Bardgett: From his days of wine study at the University of Hawaii, he worked in the retail side of the wine business for 30 years, beginning at 905 Stores in St. Louis in the mid-70s. He co-owned the Wine Cellar for nearly 12 years, and then spent four years supervising the wine program at the Brown Derby Wine Cellar in Town & Country, MO. In 2001, Glenn made the move to expand his experience by entering the restaurant service area of wine with his move to Annie Gunn’s and Smokehouse Market.
Glenn taught wine appreciation courses at Florissant Valley Community College, and Meramec Community College for over 15 years and as well as the Kemper Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. He has been a member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board for over 25 years, as well as Marketing Chairman for the Board. He has been an experienced wine judge in local, national and international competitions for many years. He is a member of many wine organizations and has written for several publications. He hosted a weekly wine chat on America Online for eight years.
Glenn has been awarded the designation “Certified Sommelier” by the Court of Master Sommeliers and “Certified Specialist of Wine” by the Society of Wine Educators. He was one of only 40 in the United States to receive the “Passionate Wine Service Award” from the Trefethen Winery in Napa Valley. Glenn was a contributor to the Kelly Twins TV series, “Twice Baked” on Charter Communications Network. Glenn also writes a monthly column, “Drink This” for Sauce Magazine in St. Louis. Most recently, he was given the Pioneer Award by the Missouri Grape and Wine Board. This is the highest honor given by the board.
Glenn was a James Beard Award semi-finalist for the 2011 Wine Service Award.
Bardgett is also well known for his pants.
Dennis Fraley DipWSET: Dennis is originally from Pittsburgh, PA where he obtained a B.A. in Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College. He has resided in Florence, SC for the last 15 years where he works at a local hospital as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
His interest in wine led him to seek further education via the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. He completed his Advanced level in Charleston, SC where he graduated with distinction. In September, 2015 Dennis successfully completed the WSET Diploma of Wine and Spirits through the Neal Ewing School of Wine in Philadelphia, PA.
Dennis taught wine classes for a local college, performs guided educational tastings, works with chefs performing food and wine pairing events, assists with restaurant wine flight and wine menu development and writes a monthly wine column, “Bottle Talk,” for the Florence Morning News.
Carole Hackett: The journey of the love of wine takes you to many places and forms wonderful relationships.
With a background in Healthcare, Carole’s undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry has been valuable in her wine studies. Her interest in wine has led her to seek further education. Carole is a member of the American Wine Society, a Certified Wine Judge student and is enrolled in Wine Spirits and Education Trust curriculum. She enjoys judging amateur and commercial competitions with recent opportunities in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Missouri. Currently, Carole presides as Chapter Chair of the AWS chapter in Frankfort KY.
Kerry Jolliffe: A Kentucky native, Kerry enjoyed a 10 year career as a commercial winemaker and vineyard manager. He was awarded 2009 Kentucky Grape Grower of the Year and has won numerous medals in international wine competitions. He expanded his wine knowledge through traveling and talking to winemakers in world renowned wine regions such as Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the Wachau Valley as well as Napa Valley and the Finger Lakes. He has been judging various wine competitions for over 10 years.
Kristen Lindelow: Kristen is an American Wine Society (AWS) certified wine judge and has been judging wine competitions across the U.S. for a number of years, including the Denver International Wine Competition, Kentucky CCWC & Commissioner’s Cup, Indy International, Wines of the South, and more. Kristen is a founding director of Alabama Wine, Inc., a non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote Alabama wines, and has been Chief Judge for Alabama Wine’s annual commercial wine competition since its inception.
She is currently a Regional Vice President for the AWS, a Trustee for the AWS-Educational Foundation, and is owner/educator of Tennessee Valley Wine Academy in North Alabama. Kristen is also employed by Church Street Wine Shoppe as Wine Educator. Kristen holds the wine certifications: Certified Specialist of Wine, French Wine Scholar, California Wine Appellation Specialist, and WSETII.
Kristen continues to pursue her wine education and is presently studying to receive the designations of Bourgogne Master and Italian Wine Specialist. She and her very supportive husband live in Huntsville, Alabama where they enjoy as many wine dinners with friends as time allows.
Aaron Mandel: Aaron is a wine instructor as well as a long-time student of wine. He is a Certified Wine Judge through the American Wine Society and, in 2012, commenced running that program as its director. Aaron is also currently the Director of Education for the American Wine Society. In 2015, he earned his Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. In addition to teaching wine judging, Aaron has also taught classes for students interested in earning certificates through WSET, SWE and CMS. He has judged in numerous competitions in the United States and is a regular judge in the International Wine Challenge in the UK. Aaron is a Masters of Wine candidate in Stage 2 of the program.
Dave & Frances Miller: Dave and Frances have been making wine as a team since the late 90’s while obtaining specialized training in the field of wine evaluation from the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University as well as attending the Heartland Wine School for Commercial Winemakers. Much experience was obtained visiting wineries throughout the U.S.
The Millers have been the superintendents of the Kentucky State Fair amateur wine competition since 2010 after being judges prior to this time. They were also in the same role at the Kentucky Wine and Vine Amateur Competition since its inception in 2004. Dave and Frances have judged commercial wines at the Kentucky Derby Festival from its beginning.
Jaime Zapata: Jaime is an American Wine Society (AWS) certified wine judge and a certified Italian Wine Specialist and California Wine Appellation Specials. Several of his wine judging experiences include the Kentucky Heartland Wine Competition, Alabama Commercial Wine Competition, Alabama Wineries and Grape Growers Association’s Amateur Wine Competition and Tennessee Viticultural and Oenological Society Amateur Competitions. Early this year he had the opportunity to judged at the Indianapolis International Commercial Wine Competition as a judge in training. Jaime is passionate about living a rich wine tasting experiences and his interest in boutique wines has taken him through wineries in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee, Virginia, Italy, Malta and Spain.
Currently, Jaime is the Program Director for the North Alabama AWS chapter and member of the Downtown Huntsville AWS Chapter and the Friends of Spanish Wines Club Wine
Jaime is a native of Puerto Rico working for the Army as an Air Defense Testing Engineer and is a resident of Madison, Alabama since 1987.