Growing up between the Bronx and New Jersey, Ed began his over forty-year journey in wine after studying history at Lynchburg College (now the University of Lynchburg) and connecting with a Virginia vineyard owner over a shared love of wine and poetry. Ed’s burgeoning passion for wine would take him to Manhattan’s Windows on the World Wine School, where he studied under premier wine educator Kevin Zraly. Post-graduation, Zraly offered him a job, and Ed went on to serve as Cellarmaster at the Windows on the World Restaurant before opening—and serving as Wine Director—at the iconic Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center. After success at the Sea Grill, Ed was drawn to France for what was supposed to be a season of leisure, wine exploration,and reflection, but that—perhaps inevitably—turned into seventeen years spent inevery corner of the wine industry: from selling wine across Europe, to pruning vines, to working vineyards and cellars in Burgundy and Bordeaux. Ed’s interlocking passions for wine and education have since led him toward roles with Bordeaux Wine Locators and the Association of Washington Business. He served as president of the Olympia Wine League—Washington state's oldest wine club—for six years.
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