Monday, January 31, 2011

1/31 Two Master Sommelier! Host Michael Jordan Interviews Wine Expert Tim Gaiser

Michael Jordan Interviews Expert Wine Lecturer, Expert Tim Gaiser!

Tim Gaiser

Leading Wine Educator, Speaker, Writer and Researcher Tim Gaiser is a internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer. He is one of 175 individuals worldwide to ever attain the elite Master Sommelier wine title and is currently the Director of Education for the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. He is also an adjunct professor for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley.

Over his 25-plus year career Tim has taught thousands of students in wines and spirits classes at every level as well as developing wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools and wine distributors. He has experience in all phases of the wine industry - online, wholesale, retail, winery, and restaurant - including stints at Heitz Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley and Bix and Cypress Club restaurants in San Francisco, and Virtual Vineyards/the original His client list includes Fosters Global Wines, Diageo, American Express, Evian, Pepsico International, Fiduciary Trust, Franklin-Templeton, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo. Tim has written for a number of publications including Fine Cooking Magazine and Sommelier Journal. He also writes for numerous wine and spirits clients including Champagne Perrier J├Âuet, Wines of Germany and the Portuguese Cork Quality Association. Gaiser has served as the author and lead judge for the Best Young Sommelier Competition and the TopSomm Competition, the two major American sommelier competitions.

Considered one of the leading wine tasters and educators, Gaiser was recently featured in the Think like a Genius Wine Master training product, created by the Everyday Genius Institute. In addition to his role as Education Director, Tim is now focused on a large scale project involving the use of behavioral and neuro sciences to teach and improve olfactory and palate memory and synesthesia as they apply not only to wine, but to other industries including spirits, coffee, tea, olive oil, and perfumes. His cutting edge research in this area is increasing the awareness of how our minds recognize and code smells and tastes. He is using this new information to change how people teach wine tasting and other disciplines that involve the use of sensory evaluation. Prior to developing his wine expertise, Tim received an M.A. in Classical Music. He played classical trumpet as a freelance professional and as an extra with the San Francisco Opera until 1988. Tim travels the world for his work and lives with his family in San Francisco.

Michael Jordan

Not many people live, breathe and know food and wine like Michael Jordan. His passion started early on when he watched his dad run the family restaurant, Matteo’s and continues to fuel his career. After a long stint as General Manager at the Disneyland Resort’s Napa Rose Restaurant, Master Sommelier, Jordan decided to embark on a whole new set of adventures in the world of wine.

Mike is the sommelier for the people, when he brings his passion for wine to the radio. The weekly, What’s Cookin’ on Wine show is carried in 11 million homes nationally on broadcast radio, cable television and the Internet and features the latest happenings in the wine world. “I love doing the show,” said Jordan. We get to interview wine royalty and tell the world about delicious wines and great values. The show isn't like other programs, it’s fun, informative and reaches a broad spectrum of people that like things that taste good without getting too stuffy. I mean come on; wine is just fermented grape juice.”

In 2002, the California Restaurant Writers Association (CRWA), a journalist organization, named Jordan “2001 Sommelier of the Year”, the Southern California Restaurant Writers (SCRW) voted him “2002 Sommelier of the Year” and the Cordon du Vin World Society named him “2004 USA Sommelier of the Year.” In 2006 Orange Coast Magazine named Michael “Restaurant Professional of the Year 2006” and also “General Manager of the Year 2006.” Mike and his wife Theresa are celebrating the inaugural release from their new venture,Word Vineyards. Word’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is bottled at Williams Seylem winery in the Russian River Valley, while the 2007 Pinot Noir is bottled at Ambullneo Vineyards in Santa Maria, CA. These artisan wines were handcrafted with love and care by the Jordan’s who selected the best fruit in California to make these well balanced wines.

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