Best-known as the founder of Best Cellars, Joshua Wesson has enjoyed a long and successful career in the food and wine industry.
In 1984, Josh won the title of Best Sommelier in French Wines & Spirits in the United States. Two years later, he traveled to Paris to represent America in intertiol competition, where he was med one of the top five sommeliers in the world by Sopexa, Food and Wines from France.
In 1990, Josh was elected to the board of the American Institute of Wine & Food's New York chapter. In 1997, Food & Wine magazine med him the Retail Wine Innovator of the Year for his work in developing Best Cellars (which opened in the fall of 1996). In 2003, he received the prestigious Ambassador's Award from the European Wine Council. In 2005, JetBlue Airways selected him as its official "Low-fare Sommelier.” In 2007, he merged Best Cellars with the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. In 2009, Josh was med "Retailer of the Year” by the Wine Enthusiast. In 2011, he founded Joshua Wesson Wine & Food, a retail and restaurant consulting company. In 2012, Josh opened the first in-store wine & spirits business for Fairway Market, a venerable, NY-based grocery chain where he serves as corporate wine guru. In late 2012, he debuted his latest retail concept, Best Bottles, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In 2014, he plans to open Slider Bar -- a new concept in fine casual dining -- with Michel Nischan and David Orwasher.
His wine recommendations can be found in many books. Josh's first book, Red Wine with Fish: The New Art of Matching Food with Wine (1989 Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year; 1990 Intertiol Association of Culiry Professiols, "Silver Medal” recipient), co-authored with David Rosengarten, was published in 1989 by Simon & Schuster. His most recent book, Williams-Sonoma Wine & Food-A New Look at Flavor, published in 2008 by the Free Press/Simon & Schuster, is available everywhere lushly photographed wine-and-food porn is sold.
Josh has been a frequent guest on CBS and CNN. He is also a regular commentator on NPR/Public Radio Intertiol's The Splendid Table and WABC's Living Better with Laura Smith. Most mornings, you can find him sipping a doppio macchiato and reading the New York Post at Tarallucci e Vino on 83rd and Columbus. Best to give him a wide berth until the caffeine kicks in.
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