Many thanks to our Wine Judges

Sommeliers of the American Riveria

Sommeliers of the American Riviera (StAR) is a guild of sommeliers in Santa Barbara, California, who support each other through networking, education and training, and are active in the community by volunteering at charitable events and providing a personal link between producers and consumers.


Emre Balli – Founder, Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar

Dane Campbell – Brand Ambassador, Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards

Emily Johnston – General Manager, Les Marchands Wine Bar

Carlos Mascherin – Sommelier, Armada Wine & Beer Merchant

Wineries pouring at the Ojai Wine Festival can choose to participate in a special free wine judging service. Certified wine sommeliers will evaluate and score wines poured at this year’s festival. The team of sommeliers will complete a grading sheet for each wine, and will issue a score on the 100-point scale on the event day.

Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates will be awarded in several categories. Award winners will be announced at the event at 3pm. Certificates will be mailed out to the award winners.

Visit the Judging booth at the festival and drop off your wine samples for judging! All winning wines will be listed on the Ojai Wine Festival’s website on our winery page for one year. This is an excellent way to promote your winery and show off your wines! Here are the results from 2016: