Founding Director Challenge Series
Robert Whitley (1950-2021)
Robert was a syndicated wine columnist with 30 years experience writing about wine. His weekly column, "Wine Talk," was carried by Creators Syndicate. He was also a monthly contributor to the Reuters "Vine Talk" column. As President of Wine Cellar Productions Inc., Robert established the Challenge Series of international wine and spirits competitions that includes San Diego Challenge, Winemaker Challenge, Critics Challenge and Sommelier Challenge. Robert was a founding partner and served as publisher of Wine Review Online.com, the internet's most respected source of wine journalism.
Rich is a genuine wine competition professional with more than 30 years experience in all facets of competition production. He currently serves as Competition Director of seven major international wine and/or spirits competitions, including San Diego Challenge, Winemaker Challenge, Critics Challenge, Sommelier Challenge, The Toast of the Coast, Monterey, and Distilled San Diego. Rich also contributes weekly wine reviews and other writings to WineReviewOnline.com and serves as editor at SpiritsReviewOnline.comExecutive Director
Diane has 20 years experience in the marketing and administration of wine competitions. She is Executive Director of the Challenge Series of wine and spirits competitions founded by her late husband, Robert Whitley. She is President of Wine Cellar Productions, which produces the Challenge Series, and is also a managing partner of WineReviewonline.com and publisher of SpiritsReviewOnline.com.
Administration & Hospitality
Sheila Clark, Judges' Concierge
Office Email: SommelierChallenge@yahoo.com
Follow Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition on Twitter: @SommelierChall
Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits competition is staged by Wine Cellar Productons, which is also responsible for three other wine competitions.
Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
www.WinemakerChallenge.com On Twitter as @WinemakerChall
San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge
www.SanDiegoWineChallenge.com On Twitter as @SDWineChallenge
Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
www.CriticsChallenge.com On Twitter as @CriticsChall
Wine Cellar Productions
315 16th Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92101-7605
Rich Cook, Competition Director