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Anthony Dias Blue

Anthony Dias Blue is the recipient of the 1997 Communicator of the Year Award from the prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. He is one of the most influential food and wine personalities in the United States. His work in various media is circulated to more than 30,000,000 consumers each month. He can be found in print periodicals, on radio, in bookstores and in cyberspace.

Anthony Since January 1981 Mr. Blue has been Wine and Spirits Editor of BON APPETIT, the largest circulation food publication in the United States. He writes a monthly column for the Los Angeles-based magazine as well as contributing a Tasting Panel Report page for each issue. For 20 years Mr. Blue's consumer-oriented food and wine critiques on CBS radio in New York have been broadcast several times each weekday. Wine buffs are able to read Mr. Blue weekly on the food pages of THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS and in 350 other papers covered by Knight-Ridder Tribune syndicate around the country.

In the past, Mr. Blue was West Coast Contributing Editor of FOOD & WINE magazine and a Contributing Editor of DIVERSION, CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO, DELTA AIR LINES' SKY and NEW JERSEY MONTHLY magazines. His words have also appeared in GQ, HOUSE & GARDEN, TRAVEL & LEISURE, FAMILY CIRCLE, AVENUE, ELLE, FORBES, THE NEW YORK SUNDAY NEWS, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, PRIVATE CLUBS, PLEASURES OF COOKING and CIGAR AFICIONADO. He is now writing travel features for THE WINE SPECTATOR and a regular column (24 issues per year) in American Airlines' AMERICAN WAY.

Mr. Blue has also written the definitive book on American wines, AMERICAN WINE—A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE which provides a complete consumer reference to the wineries of the United States. In addition, the BUYERS' GUIDE TO AMERICAN WINES, a paperback which rates 5,000 new wines is published periodically. He also writes and edits the nationally-praised ZAGAT RESTAURANT SURVEY for Northern California, a best-selling guide to nearly 600 restaurants. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF MIXED DRINKS which contains 1,100 recipes was published in 1993. In 1990 HarperCollins released THANKSGIVING DINNER, a holiday cookbook written by Mr. Blue and his wife, Kathryn.

In 1995 TURNER PUBLISHING, a division of TBS in Atlanta, published AMERICA'S KITCHEN, a cookbook that focuses on the nine regional cuisines of America, by Mr. Blue, assisted by Mrs. Blue. This colorful book offers classic and contemporary recipes with dishes by 50 of America's top chefs.

Mr. Blue's WCBS transcripts can be found at WWW.NEWSRADIO88.COM.

Anthony Dias Blue is Director of the San Francisco Wine Competition, the nation's largest. He has frequently been a judge at major cooking contests and wine events. Mr. Blue also selects the wines for SINGAPORE AIRLINES. He served as DELTA AIR LINES wine consultant for three years.

In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Mr. Blue has become one of the nation's most successful producers of wine and food events. This year he will produce BON APPETIT WINE & SPIRITS FOCUS events in New York (at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, attendance: 1,500); Chicago (at The Field Museum, attendance: 2,300); Los Angeles (Pacific Design Center, attendance: 1,500); Dallas (attendance: 1,000); Miami (Biltmore Hotel, attendance: 1,000); and San Francisco (One Market Atrium, attendance: 1,500).

Mr. Blue has been master of ceremonies for the James Beard Foundation auction, and has appeared on ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA. He is Master of Ceremonies at the WINE SPECTATOR's Wine Experience in New York and San Francisco, and Chairman of the Sonoma Valley Wine Auction. He is the founder of The Big Island Bounty Festival in Hawaii. He is also Wine Director and master of ceremonies for GRAND CHEFS ON TOUR, a year-long wine and food program at the Kea Lani Hotel on Maui.

In 1988, Mr. Blue was selected for the James Beard Who's Who in Food Award, a recognition given to America's most influential food and wine personalities. He is a recipient of the Manhattan Menus Award, winner of the 1985 Colombini Journalism Award, and has been awarded the Diplome d'Honneur from the Corporation des Vignerons de Champagne. He has been graduated from the German Wine Academy and installed as a member of Les Compagnons du Beaujolais, Ducato dei Vini Friulani, Confrerie du Vin de Cahors, and Confraria do Vinho do Porto, as well as being named Chambellan of L'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

Anthony Dias Blue graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts and lives in San Francisco with his wife, Kathy. The couple has four children. The focus of his home is a large test kitchen which has appeared on the cover of HOUSE BEAUTIFUL magazine and in the pages of FOOD & WINE, DIVERSION and FAMILY CIRCLE.

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