Anthony Dias Blue

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Anthony Dias Blue

Anthony Dias Blue (born January 5, 1941) is a published author, columnist, television and radio personality and the owner of a food and wine event company in Los Angeles, California. His work spans all forms of media and is circulated to more than 30,000,000 consumers each month.[1]

Career[edit]

Blue has a long-running feature spot on WCBS radio in New York City. The subject of the feature was restaurant reviews and lifestyle subjects, mostly associated with food. Later the program was expanded to include reporting about wine. Now called the Blue Lifestyle Minute, the feature has been on every day for more than 30 years (except for the two weeks following 9/11).[2] Blue received a James Beard Award for the Minute in 2001.[3]

A separate, localized version of The Blue Lifestyle Minute began airing in 1999 on KFWB in Los Angeles. In 2009, this feature moved to KABC[4] along with the addition of a new weekend show called "The Taste Buds" co-hosted with Meridith May and Merrill Schindler.[5] In 2014 Blue left KABC and moved The Blue Lifestyle Minute to KNX (AM) 1070.[6] This brings Blue's listenership to over 200,000.

San Francisco Competitions[edit]

Blue acquired the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest international wine competition in the US (nearly 4,200 wines entered in 2011).[7] In 2000 Blue launched the San Francisco World Spirits Competition which has become the second largest spirits competition in the world. It is the biggest in the United States with more than 1100 entries in 2011.[8]

Past publications[edit]

In 1978, Blue became West Coast Editor of Food & Wine magazine.[9] In 1980, Blue became Wine and Spirits Editor of Bon Appétit Magazine, a position he held for 26 years.[10] He also wrote a weekly syndicated wine column that appeared in the Bay Area, first in the San Francisco Chronicle and then in the San Jose Mercury News.[11][12] For 10 years, Blue wrote and edited the Zagat Guide for northern California for his friend Tim Zagat, with whom he attended Riverdale.[13]

Tasting Panel Magazine[edit]

In 2007 Blue purchased, in partnership with Publisher Meridith May, Patterson's Beverage Journal, a 65-year-old beverage trade publication that was renamed The Tasting Panel. It has become the highest circulation beverage industry publication.[14]

The Sommelier Journal[edit]

In December 2013, The Tasting Panel magazine acquired The Sommelier Journal with Blue as the new Editor-in-Chief along with a team of top wine and hospitality industry writers.[15] The first issue of the refreshed publication will be distributed in Spring of 2014.

Blue Lifestyle[edit]

Blue now runs one of the nation’s most successful producers of wine and food events, creating large trade tastings, wine seminars, lunches and dinners for wineries and wine associations around the world.

Bibliography[edit]

Mr. Blue has written nine books including American Wine, The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks, The Complete Book of Spirits, and Anthony Dias Blue's Pocket Guide to Wine.[16] With his wife, Kathryn Blue, he has also authored two cookbooks, Thanksgiving Dinner and America's Kitchen.[17]

Accolades[edit]

In 1988, Blue was selected for the James Beard Who's Who in Food Award, in 2000 he was nominated for a James Beard Award as "Wine & Spirits Personality of the Year".[18] He won the 1997 Communicator of the Year Award from the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London.[19] In 2001 he was awarded a James Beard Award for The Blue Lifestyle Minute.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anthony Dias Blue | Vino 2011". Italianmade.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  2. ^ Lifestyle Minute. "Lifestyle Minute". Newyork.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to the James Beard Foundation". Jamesbeard.org. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Blue Lifestyle Minute Archives". Bluelifestyle.com. 2005-11-09. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  5. ^ "The Taste Buds - The Tasting Panel Magazine". Tastingpanelmag.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  6. ^ "Anthony Dias Blue Joins KNX 1070 AM in Los Angeles with his award-winning "Blue Lifestyle Minute"". globenewswire.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  7. ^ "San Francisco International Wine Competition". Sfwinecomp.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  8. ^ "San Francisco World Spirits Competition". Sfspiritscomp.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  9. ^ "10 Questions for Anthony Dias Blue | CITYSIPPER SAN FRANCISCO". Sanfrancisco.citysipper.com. 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  10. ^ Find Out What S&S Authors Are Doing Right Now. "Anthony Dias Blue | Official Publisher Page". Authors.simonandschuster.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  11. ^ "An Interview with Anthony Dias Blue". Sallybernstein.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  12. ^ "Anthony Dias Blue - The Tasting Panel Magazine". Tastingpanelmag.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  13. ^ "An Interview with Anthony Dias Blue". Sallybernstein.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  14. ^ "History of The Tasting Panel". Tastingpanelmag.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  15. ^ "Sommelier Journal Will Be Revived". winebusiness.com/. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  16. ^ Find Out What S&S Authors Are Doing Right Now. "Anthony Dias Blue | Official Publisher Page". Authors.simonandschuster.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  17. ^ "An Interview with Anthony Dias Blue". Sallybernstein.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  18. ^ "Welcome to the James Beard Foundation". Jamesbeard.org. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  19. ^ "The Modern Mixologist Joins the San Francisco World Spirits Competition as Director of... - SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/". California, United Kingdom: Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  20. ^ "Welcome to the James Beard Foundation". Jamesbeard.org. Retrieved 2011-02-19.