Bartender Spirits Awards

  • Enter Now
  • My Account

Virginia Miller

Food/Drink,Travel Writer, Editor

Founding The Perfect Spot in 2007 sharing top recommends and places globally in food and drink, Virginia Miller is also the W. North America Academy Chair for World's 50 Best Restaurants, U.S. Editor at The Local Tongue, columnist at The Bold Italic (Medium), columnist at Distiller Magazine, and has been full time Zagat SF editor, SF Guardian restaurant critic and Table8 National Editor/VP of Content.
Published in over 60 international publications, she covers global dining, travel, spirits, cocktails and bars in columns and articles at Gin Magazine, Rum Magazine,, Time Out, Distiller Magazine, Where Traveler, Google’s Touringbird, Food Republic, Thrillist, to name a few.

She consults in spirits, cocktails, drink and dining, including co-creating Avion’s Reserva Cristalino tequila in Mexico for Pernod Ricard over two years. She judges in many dining, food, spirits, cocktails, drink and bars competitions and international awards panels (including The World’s 50 Best, SF World Spirits, ADI Craft Distilling, Tales of the Cocktail, Good Food Awards, IWSC in London, Whiskies of the World, etc.) and has visited over 12,000 restaurants and even more bars around the world.

Meet our Judges

Chris Barna

Bar Manager at Proof, 2022 Top 50 US World Class 2023 Top 30 US World Class, Charleston

Charles Joly

World Class Global Bartending Winner and Official mixologist of the Emmy's and Oscars

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations & Beverage Director, Le Colonial, Chicago

Makenzie Helem

Top 30 bartenders in the US for USBG World Class 2023 and Bartender at Spilt Milk, Chicago

Trudy Thomas

Corporate Director of Beverage at Southworth Development, Spirits Educator and Mixologist, Nashville