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Kyungmoon Kim MS

Master Sommelier and Founder KMS Imports

Early on in his life, Kyungmoon Kim discovered that he had exceptional palate. As he immersed himself in the world of wine, he leveraged his palate and his natural aptitude for memorization to build an extensive base of wine knowledge. 

Kyungmoon spearheaded the beverage program at JUNGSIK in Seoul and New York, then while he was working at the Modern, Kyungmoon has earned the title of Master Sommelier in 2016. After many years of dedication in beverage industry, a desire to seek his heritage and learn about traditional Korean beverage grew.
He decided to explore different parts of Korea and seek sool producers that could showcase true mastery, superior quality, and sense of place. These products have never been introduced in U.S. market and it is Kyungmoon’s goal to make Korean soju as a new and exciting category in the restaurant and bar scene.

Meet the other judges

Brett Davis MS

Master Sommelier and Sales and Education Manager at E. & J. Gallo Winery

Koen Masschelein

Director Of Food And Beverage at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Yountville, CA

Tiffany Tobey

General Manager and Sommelier for Thirty Eight & Vine, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex