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 and appeared in media outlets across the U.S. He was also a monthly contributor to the Reuters "Vine Talk" column and was publisher and managing partner of WineReviewOnline.com. Robert's wine competition experience dates back even further, first as a competition judge, then as competition director, ultimately founding three international competitions: Winemaker Challenge, Critics Challenge and Sommelier Challenge. After serving as Competition Director for the San Diego International Wine Competition for 13 years, that vernerable competition was added to the Challenge Series of wine and spirits competitions.
Rich is a genuine wine competition professional with more than 30 years experience in all facets of competition production. He currently serves as 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 is Executive Director of the Challenge Series of wine competitions founded by her late husband, Robert Whitley. With more than 35 years experience in business management and marketing, she has been involved with the competitions since 2003. Diane is also publisher and a managing partner of WineReviewonline.com and publisher/co-editor of SpiritsReviewOnline.com.
Administration & Hospitality
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Office & Warehouse: 315-B 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Office Email: SDWineCompetition@yahoo.com
Follow San Diego Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition on Twitter: @SDWineChallenge
San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 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
Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
www.CriticsChallenge.com On Twitter as @CriticsChall
Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
www.SommelierChallenge.com On Twitter as @SommelierChall
This list of wine competitions is also available at http://winereviewonline.com/contact_us.cfm