Ron Edwards is a surfer, father of five girls, media entrepreneur, foodie personality and one of America’s most entertaining and trusted wine and culinary ambassadors.
He is the “Weather Channel Wine Guy” and has appeared on the Cooking Channel and a myriad of premiere food and wine publications. He is regularly paired with America’s top chefs, authors, media personalities and James Beard award winners like Michelle Richard, Jean Joho, Paul Kahan, Stuart Brioza, Brian Polcyn and Mario Batalli.
Ron is the founder of Wine Talk Media, host of Wine Talk Radio, creator of the Grapevine School of Wine, and co-founder of Bottle Rocket, a wine and culinary image consultancy serving New York, Chicago, Denver and Washington DC.
International flavor is Ron’s passion. Growing up the son of a southern missionary preacher, he lived his teen years in Trinidad. He met his wife in Honduras in 1994. In London in 2005, after nine years of study and apprenticeship, he was appointed as the world’s 127th Master by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Today Master Edwards is one of only 135 Master Sommeliers in America, whose title ranks as the most prestigious and respected wine credential in the world. The Master Sommelier designation is the craft’s highest order, held by an elite league of hospitality professionals fewer than NFL quarterbacks and Major League pitchers.
Now as a distinguished Master Educator for the Court of Master Sommeliers, he prepares aspiring top sommeliers throughout North America for what Forbes magazine and the documentary film Somm call “the world’s toughest test,” the Master Sommelier exam.
Master Edwards also holds a degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University.
Nationally Ron hosts special executive hospitality and Edu-tainment tasting events for innovative media brands like Nielson, The Mobile Marketing Association and The Weather Channel. He’s the creator of acclaimed events like Chefs for Humanity, Global Wine Pavilion and the Crush Michigan Food and Wine Classic.
Master Edwards is a passionate proponent and teacher of others-centered service. As a premiere educator and authority in professional management of world-class dining experiences, Ron frequently consults for a national array of hospitality, cuisine and beverage clients in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
He advises and trains some of America’s most respected restaurants and hospitality franchises like Coopers Hawk, The Waldorf Astoria and the world-famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
As an international wine ambassador Ron has worked with trade ministries to promote tourism, vineyards, winemakers and wine regions for Argentina, Greece, France and South Africa.
Ron travels the world of exquisite vineyards and restaurants, but loves most of all his return to the beautiful Great Lakes port of Charlevoix, Michigan where he lives with his wife and five daughters.