Doug Frost, MS, MW
Frost MS, MW
By Jim Clarke
Doug Frost is one of three people in the world
who have passed both the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine exams.
He has worked in many capacities within the wine industry, from
waiter to wine steward to writer to wholesaler.
Eventually wine education became the core of Doug’s work.
The initials after the name haven’t puffed up his manner,
and his down-to-earth, friendly approach wins over classes and
readers alike. He speaks about wine frequently, not only helping
train the next Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine, but also
at the Cheers Beverage Conference, the Telluride Wine Festival,
and many other events. He writes for a number of national publications
including Santé, where he is a contributing editor, and
as the beverage columnist for the Kansas City Star.
He has written two books, Uncorking
Wine in 1996 and On
Wine in 2001; both remain popular with professionals
Doug developed an interest in wine while waiting tables. After
many years working in restaurants he eventually became a wholesaler,
and for 14 years he represented fine wines from the U.S. and abroad.
These days Doug concentrates on his writing, but also spends
time organizing, speaking, and judging at various festivals and
competitions. He is the program director for the Monterey Wine
Festival, the U.S.’s oldest continuous wine festival. He
directs America’s Best Wine Lists, a competition sponsored
by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation,
and consults for United Airlines.
Doug’s devotion and knowledge has earned him the respect
of his peers, including a nomination for the James Beard Outstanding
Wine and Spirits Professional in 1996. On top of his wine-related
activities, he stills find time to write about food, art, and
music for a number of publications, including film reviews for
National Public Radio.
Doug's blog can be found at www.dougfrost.com.