DWWA 2013 Rhone Judging Panel

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Virginia Philip MS

Virginia Philip MS’s career includes a list of accolades and experience spanning more than a decade. In her 13th year at The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida, Virginia leads the beverage department for nine restaurants and bars and 14 wine lists, including the resort’s prized 1,600-selection list, which has won Wine Spectator's Grand Award every year since its inception in 1981. In 2011, she fulfilled a lifetime dream when she opened the Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy, which offers her personal selections from around the world and weekly wine education programs. The following year, Philip received a coveted James Beard Award-nomination for Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional. She also been awarded the national title of “Best Sommelier of the United States” from the American Sommelier Association and has sat on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers.