ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- One of two chief judges at the International Beverage Exposition and Competition lives here in Washington. Amy Mumma is the director and founder of Central Washington University's World Wine Program. From July 14-16 in Shenzhen, China, she will judge wine exhibitors from all over the world.
The IBEC draws more than 10,000 wine connoisseurs and 300 eshibitors. A professional wine woman award winner, among many others accolades, Mumma was easy to find. "They apparently knew who I was and contacted me because they really want to focus on the international market and the U.S. market," Mumma said.
Mumma requires her students in the World Wine Program to study internationally. She says people who want to get into the wine industry have to understand the globalization of the business first-hand. Of all her trips around the globe, though, this will be Mumma's first to China.