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About us

To make a great wine you bring all of your artistry, dedication, science and passion to the table. We bring the world's most respected judges from around the world to the other side of that table. Competition on a truly international scale – all for the best of reasons – Giving Back. 

Wine Educator

Rick Cusker

Rick Cusker is a wine educator and an AWS Certified Wine Judge from Pittsford, New York.  He also serves as the Vice President and Secretary of the Rochester, New York, Chapter of the American Wine Society.  Rick has judged in numerous local, state, regional and international wine competitions, and is himself an award winning amateur wine maker.  He is a Certified Sommelier and a member of the Guild of Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators.  Rick often presents seminars, tastings and wine pairing dinners with wines made of native grape varieties from Italy and has been recognized as an Italian Wine Professional by Italian Wine Central in Napa, California, and as an Italian Wine Ambassador by Vinitaly International in Verona, Italy.  When he is not traveling to one of the twenty wine regions in Italy, Rick enjoys introducing wine drinkers back in America to the wide variety of Italian red, white, rosé, sparkling and sweet wines he encounters on his journeys.