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Joel Butler MW

Joel Butler MW

Became an MW 1990

Based in United States

Nationality American

Languages English, French, Italian


1st US resident MW. B.A. and M.A. degrees Stanford and University of Colorado. In US Wine industry for 48 years, involved in all facets: Retail, wholesale, import, and restaurant wine-buying, journalism and winemaking/growing & education. Have judged at main shows in US, Australia and Italy. Co-author: "Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age (2012-Palgrave)--2012 Gourmand UK Best Wine book award Prize winning home winemaker. In early 2015, purchased World of Wines in Redmond WA; a wine merchant/winebar, returning to my first love in the wine trade--retail/on premise sales. My 'retirement' project!

Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Communication

Industry sector(s): Business owner, Off trade, On trade, Journalism, Author, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge

Wine styles: Orange wines, Fortified wines, Sherry, Still red, Still wines

Wine region expertise: Austria, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Mosel, USA, Bordeaux, Rhone, Jerez, Italy, Piedmont, Israel, Tuscany, Sicily, California, Washington, Oregon

Market expertise: North America, Canada

Specialisms: Wine species, Cultivation of the vine, Processing of grapes, Fermentation, Maturation and blending, Elevage / maturation, Marketing wine, Direct to consumer, Independent retail, Wine tourism, History of wine, Wine judging