About Ronn Wiegand
Ronn Wiegand is a wine professional with more than 30 years
of wine experience. A widely published author, Wiegand also
possesses two of the world's top wine credentials —
Master of Wine (1991) and Master Sommelier (1986) —
and was the first person in the world to hold both titles.
He remains the only American ever to pass the entire Master
of Wine exam on the first attempt.
A widely experienced wine taster, Wiegand has tasted more
than 150,000 wines over the past 30 years, travels regularly
to wine regions around the world, and been a wine judge at
professional wine competitions in Europe, South Africa and
the United States.
In 1988, he began a restaurant industry wine periodical,
the first journal of its type in the world. Now in its 18th
year of publication, Restaurant Wine covers wine trends and
best practices in wine programs in restaurants throughout
North America. It is circulated to thousands of members of
the hospitality and wine industries throughout the United
States and several other countries.
As a wine journalist, he has published hundreds of wine articles,
which have appeared in more than 20 different publications,
including Vogue, The Wine Spectator and Decanter. From 1986-1991
Wiegand was wine columnist for the San Francisco Examiner
and from 1995-1999 wine columnist for Nation's Restaurant
News, a highly regarded hospitality industry newsmagazine,
which is circulated weekly to more than 80,000 restaurants.
He has appeared on several television broadcasts, including
Good Morning America, and been quoted on radio and in print
(Newsweek, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Time, New York
Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many others).
Wiegand and his partner, Brenda Boblitt, also created and published a unique series of educational wine publications, TasteTour Wine Guides (booklets) and Wine Charts (posters), which have become best-sellers among wine aficionados and members of the wine industry.
An active wine consultant, Wiegand has also provided wine event consulting and business consulting for many companies, including Barclays Bank, Visa International, American Express, Walt Disney World, and National Distributing Company.