Virginia Philip MS, judge for the DWWA South Africa, Spain and USA panel's in 2010
Virginia Philip MS is a Master Sommelier who was named Best Sommelier of the United States in 2002. Now in her ninth year at The Breakers Palm in Florida, she maintains and overseas the beverage department for the property across 14 wine lists and nine restaurants and bars. Included is the 1,600-selection list at L’Escalier, the resort’s award-winning signature restaurant, which has won Wine Spectator magazine’s Grand Award every year since its inception in 1981. Prior to her arrival at The Breakers, she worked at many resorts and restaurants throughout the country, most notably the Five Diamond/Five Star Award-winning resort The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado. She was also the wine buyer for 36 stores in San Antonio, Texas, and has sat on the board for the Court of Master Sommeliers.