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Ronn Wiegand MW

Ronn Wiegand MW

Became an MW 1991

Based in United States

Nationality American

Languages English, French


I have spent the past 4 decades as a wine consultant, taster, blender, lecturer, journalist, editor, publisher, and author, primarily in northern California. I became a Master of Wine in 1991—and winner of the Tim Derouet award—after having passed the Master Sommelier Diploma examination in London, in 1986, where I also earned the Krug Cup. I have published continuously since 1981, in more than 15 trade and consumer outlets, including Wine Spectator, Decanter, and both the San Francisco Examiner and Nation's Restaurant News, where, at each, I was wine columnist for five years. I have been a wine judge for more than 35 years, and organized and directed the first professional all-Italian wine competition outside Italy, held in San Francisco in 1986 and in Chicago in 1987. I resided in the Napa Valley for 30 years, where I launched an on-premise business guide to wine, Restaurant Wine, in 1988—a publication now in its 33nd year, and for which I taste and review several thousand wines from around the world annually. I have given hundreds of wine trends and wine business lectures for a wide range of companies, organizations, and universities—from American Express to Bank of America—in the US and abroad. I also taught wine classes at Napa Valley College for 23 years; many local vintners and members of their hospitality and winemaking staffs attended. Some of my creative wine accomplishments include an exhaustive German Wine & Food Pairing matrix (developed for Wines of Germany); a line of personalized Ronn Wiegand wine glasses, produced by Germany's Eisch Glaskulture; publication of TasteTour varietal WineGuides and WineCharts for six major grape varieties; and the on-going blending of table wines—of all colors and styles, primarily from (but not limited to) those of the US and Europe—for negociants, importers, and producers, primarily in the USA.

Current employer: International Wine Consulting, Restaurant Wine magazine

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Trade, Strategy, Communication

Industry sector(s): Author, Consultant, Educator, Journalism, Marketing, On trade, Winemaking, Wine judge

Wine styles: Champagne, Fine and rare wines, Sparkling wine, Still red, Still rosé, Still white, Still wines, Sweet wines

Wine region expertise: Bordeaux, California, Germany, Hungary Tokaj, Italy, Mosel, Pfalz, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Tuscany, USA

Market expertise: Europe, North America

Specialisms: Maturation and blending, Wine styling, Blending, Quality assurance and control, Sensory evaluation , Food and wine pairing, HORECA, Marketing wine, Restaurant wines, Training