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.


Alejandro Medina – Co-Owner of Bibi Ji in Santa Barbara

Emily Johnston – Sommelier at Wine + Beer 

Drew Cuddy – Owner at Satellite Santa Barbara

Remy Giannico – Skurnik Wines 

Jenny Mitchum – Sommelier at LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton

Carlos Mascherin – Beverage Director of Armada Wine & Beer 

Tyler Silvestre – Beverage Director at Sama Sama Kitchen in Santa Barbara

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.

All winning wines will be listed on the Ojai Wine Festival’s website on our wine judging awards page.