UWC Judges

F. Paul Pacult
F. Paul Pacult
Chairman of Judging. Author, Journalist and Educator
F. Paul Pacult

As America’s Spirits Guru, Paul is publisher/editor of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal; contributing editor for Beverage Dynamics; and columnist and spirits-tasting director for Wine Enthusiast magazine. He also hosts the critically acclaimed monthly tasting series in New York City, the Masters Series at Keens Steakhouse. He is a founding partner of the award-winning educational company Beverage Alcohol Resource, LLC.

After working for Sonoma County winemaker Rodney Strong from 1973 to 1982, Pacult relocated to New York where he founded his wine school, Wine Courses International. From 1982 to 1990, he contributed to a wide array of publications, including Playboy, Wine & Spirits, Cheers, Connoisseur, MarketWatch. Travel & Leisure, Men’s Journal, and the New York Times Magazine. He produced and co-hosted two syndicated radio shows, The Happy Hour (1997-1999) and Paul Pacult’s Good Life (2000) and has appeared in two landmark History Channel documentaries. From 1995 through 2008, he was the spirits and wine columnist for Delta Sky Magazine. From 2000 to 2009, he was Judging Director of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

He is the author of five books: Kindred Spirits 2: 2,400 Reviews of Whisky, Gin, Tequila, Vodka, Brandy and Liqueurs (Spirit Journal, Inc, 2008); A Double Scotch: How Chivas Regal and The Glenlivet Became Global Icons (Wiley, 2005), the best-selling American Still Life: The Jim Beam Story and the Making of the World’s #1 Bourbon (Wiley, 2003) as well as Kindred Spirits (Hyperion, 1997) and The Beer Essentials (Hyperion, 1997).

Paul won an award for wine journalism excellence in 2001 from The Academy of Wine Communications. He is the only journalist in the world to concurrently be a Master of The Keepers of the Quaich whisky society (Edinburgh, Scotland), a life member of Kentucky’s Bourbon Hall of Fame, and a life member of France’s Company of Armagnac Musketeers. Paul was named the 2011 Cognac Personality of the Year by the Bureau National Intreprofessional du Cognac and he is also the proud recipient of the Cheers 2012 Raising the Bar award.