packaging awards|judges


Sara Schneider

Sara Schneider is Sunset magazine’s first wine editor, responsible for tasting panels, food-and-wine pairing, wine-related food and travel coverage, and Sunset’s International Wine Competition. Schneider taught high school English for 10 years before enrolling at San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy. After graduating, she combined her word and culinary backgrounds as editor of Berkeley-based Bay Food magazine, then joined Sunset’s editorial staff. As head of the food department, she expanded the magazine’s wine coverage and launched its Western Wine Awards program and the Sunset Wine Club. In 2005 she was named wine editor. Schneider has a weekly radio spot on “Grape Encounters.” In 2007 she co-authored the book California Wine Country, a Sunset Field Guide. Schneider has been nominated twice for James Beard Journalism Awards and holds the Academy of Wine Communication’s Certificate for Excellence in Wine Writing.

Curtis Mann

Curtis Mann is a 16-year veteran of the California wine industry, with experience in hospitality, direct-to-consumer sales and wine marketing. As the wine, beer and spirits buyer for Raley’s, he is responsible for alcohol sales across 118 stores in California and Nevada. Mann began his career at ZD Wines and later served as tasting room manager at Baldacci Family Vineyards. After earning his MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, he assumed a number of roles buying and selling wine in the retail and restaurant industries. Mann has completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust diploma and is enrolled in the Masters of Wine program. He is also a judge at the California State and Calaveras County Fairs.

Barbara Phillips-Barrett

Barbara Phillips-Barrett began her career as an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer in San Francisco. After moving with her family to a vineyard growing premium Cabernet on the Yountville Bench, she became an active member of Napa Valley wine and design communities. She was a member of the Trinchero Family Estates design team from 1992 to 1999. Combining her interests in design and business, she became creative director for companies overseeing brand and packaging development across diverse industries that include wine, software, education and housewares. In 2010 she joined Lamfers and Associates, where as creative director she oversees creative development with a nimble team of design professionals who act as an in-house yet off-site design department for a few clients with many brands and SKUs. Phillips-Barrett has won awards for both her personal and professional work from The New York Society of illustrators, Print Magazine, Communication Arts and POPAI.

Debbie Zachareas

Debbie Zachareas is the proprietor and managing partner at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in San Francisco’s restored Ferry Building, and at the Oxbow Wine & Cheese Merchant in downtown Napa. She is the consulting wine buyer for Boulibar in the Ferry Building and a well-known wine judge, lecturer, sommelier and guest speaker. She developed some of the most innovative wine programs in the Bay Area: She was the founder of one of the wine program at Bacar Restaurant, the wine buyer for the Ashbury Market, EOS Restaurant and Wine Bar, the opening sommelier at Rubicon Restaurant and the opening wine director at Vertigo in the TransAmerica Building. She won the inaugural Wine Director of the Year award from San Francisco Magazine and was the only sommelier ever to have won the award twice.

Barbara (Bibi) Gelfand Summer

Barbara (Bibi) Gelfand Summer served as art director of Wines & Vines from 2013 to 2016. During her tenure, Gelfand Summer redesigned Wines & Vines’ magazine and logo and created logos and marketing materials for the W&VPack and W&VOak conferences. She is a graduate of the Wine Executive Program at the University of California, Davis, and spent three vintages helping harvest and produce wine with the staff of Wines & Vines. Previously she was the art director for Stringletter Publishing overseeing digital and print design as well as video and book production for Acoustic Guitar and Strings magazines. She has won design awards from the American Graphic Design Association, the Western Publishing Association and the Tube Council of North America. Gelfand Summer attended Pratt University’s Graduate Communications Design program. She served as a city commissioner for the Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Commission in Vallejo, Calif., and as media director for USTA and masters tennis tournaments in the western United States. Currently she teaches book arts and bookbinding in Marin County.

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