Lodi News-Sentinel
February 26, 2009

The Lodi International Wine Awards is seeking a panel of consumer judges. Wine snobs need not apply, just those who enjoy a glass of vino.

Organizers say it is a good opportunity to learn the basics of wine judging, or to enhance the skills you may already possess. Wines will be entered from the United States and across the globe. The results of the consumer panel will be compared to those results of the professional wine judges.

“What we’re doing is matching the consumer judges to the same taste preferences to the professional judges,” said Mark Hamilton, the director of the award event.

In order to express interest in becoming a consumer judge, interested parties must contact Hamilton at mark@lodiwineawards.com. After Hamilton receives e-mails from interested consumers, he’ll send them an Excel form they can fill out to help him determine taste preferences. Choices will be made after Hamilton receives the filled-out form. Only 24 judges are needed.

About 10 additional volunteers are also needed in addition to the judging positions.

There will be a brief introductory meeting on March 9, the day of the event. Consumer judges will be set up and learn the process, then the judging begins and will be finished by 2 p.m. The Lodi International Wine Awards will be held at Hutchins Street Square.

Stockton law firm adds Brett Jolley as new partner

Herum Crabtree, a Stockton-based law firm, has added attorney Brett Jolley as a new partner. He began as an associate with the firm in 2000.

Jolley’s practice involves advising and assisting landowners, developers, nonprofit organizations and public agencies in a broad range of land use and real estate matters. The new partner regularly represents clients in proceedings before planning agencies, trial courts and courts of appeal.

Jolley earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997, where he earned Dean’s Honors. He received his law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in 2000. He lives in Stockton with his wife and two children.