James Tidwell MS is a judge at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

James Tidwell MS profile:

James Tidwell MS is beverage manager at Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas and is co-founder of TEXSOM, the premiere sommelier education conference in the world.

Tidwell has earned the Master Sommelier certification in addition to attaining certifications in various areas of the beverage industry, including the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Diploma; Society of Wine Educators’ Certified Wine Educator; Specialty Tea Institute’s Certified Tea Specialist and Sake Education Council’s Certified Sake Professional. Previous to entering the wine business, he graduated Louisiana State University and the Culinary Institute of America.

Tidwell has been nominated the past five years for a James Beard Foundation Award in the categories of Outstanding Wine Program 2011-2014 and Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional in 2015. He serves the beverage industry through his current or past positions on the Boards of Directors of Court of Master Sommeliers – Americas, Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation, and Society of Wine Educators.

2016 is James Tidwell MS’s first year as a judge at the DWWA.