Sommelier Doug Frost - Biography

August 2014

Doug Frost’s liquid love affair has been going on for decades, launched by a glass of Louis Martini 1968 Special Select Pinot Noir he drank as a 15 year old. That glass would  go on to fuel one of the most prolific careers in beverage.

Working in wholesale fine wine, Frost represented many of the best wineries and estates in America and around the world for 14 years. Frost began sharing his knowledge through books, such as Uncorking Wine (1996), On Wine (2001), and Far From Ordinary: The Spanish Wine Guide (2005). Frost is also a contributor to The Oxford Companion of Wine, The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson, and Tom Stevenson’s annual The Wine Report, and writes on a smaller scale for publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Wines & Spirits, and the James Beard award-winning food section of the Kansas City Star.

Frost even took his savvy to the airwaves, hosting a weekly public television show “Check Please!” and is the wine and spirits consultant for United Airlines worldwide. Ambitions seemingly unquenchable, Frost founded the reputable forums for wine appreciation, the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition—of which he’s the head judge—and the Mid-American Wine Competition. A Master Sommelier (1991) and Master of Wine (1993), Frost’s most recent major contribution to the beverage world was BAR. The Beverage Alcohol Resource educational program (co-founded in 2006 with Dale DeGroff, Steve Olson, Paul Pacult, and Dave Wondrich) finds Frost joining forces with key leadership of modern beverage to nurture young talent and guide the future of the industry.