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Wayne Belding MS

Master Sommelier and Partner at Preferabli, Colorado

Wayne Belding, MS is a geologist turned oenophile.  He has written about wine for over 40 years for local and national publications.  In 1990, he became the 13th American to pass the Master Sommelier Diploma examination.  Since that time, he has been active in teaching and examining at all levels of the Master Sommelier program. He has served as Education Director and Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers – Americas. 

Over the years, he has taught thousands of sommeliers and industry professionals.  After decades as a successful retail owner, he now is a frequent wine reviewer, competition judge and speaker at wine events.  He is a partner at Preferabli, the leading AI-driven, personalization software for the wine and spirits industry. He is also the author of “Diving Into Wine”, a guide for wine consumers.

Meet the other judges

Liz Kowal

Wine Certificate Instructor, Hospitality at College of DuPage

Mark Guillaudeu MS

Master Sommelier, 2022 Best USA Sommelier, #6 Best Sommelier of the Americas 2022, #15 Best Sommelier of the World 2023 and Sommelier at Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix

Christian Shaum

Lead Sommelier at Bazaar Meat & Bar Mar Chicago & CMSA Advanced Sommelier, Chicago