Judges – Palmetto Wine Competition: David Murphy

May 1st, 2018, we are hosting the inaugural Palmetto Wine Competition at The Belmont Inn in historic Abbeville, South Carolina. We are thrilled for this opportunity to promote the small local wineries of South Carolina. We have assembled a diverse group of extremely qualified judges.

Allow us to introduce one of our highly qualified judges, David Murphy.

David assisted at the Donatoni Winery in Paso Robles, California for twenty three years, crushing, pressing, blending, bottling and other process. He also assisted in the tasting room. David talks about his further experience below.

“I have assisted at Mountain Brook Vineyard, Tryon, NC, with picking, crushing, pressing, blending, bottling and running the tasting room. I served on the Board of Chestnut  Mountain Winery, Braselton, GA for five years. Assisting in various processes from planting, picking to bottling. I’m a member of the French Broad Vignerons, a wine group that promotes the wine industry in Western North Carolina.”

David brings twenty-four hours of education for wine judges under the guidance of  AWS certified judges.

He had judged four Asheville Food & Wine Festivals and will judge in 2018 under the new name, The Western North Carolina Wine Competition.

He also Judged the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition for three years and will judge the 2018 competition. Was selected to judge the Best of Show in 2016 and 2017. Judged three North Carolina State Fair Competitions and expects to judge again in 2018. Was one of seven judges selected to judge the Best of Competition in 2017.

We first met David at Mountain Brook Vineyards in Tryon, North Carolina. We quickly realized that David would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our competition. We look forward to learning from David’s judging notes and having him learn more about South Carolina wines.

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