Kevin Zraly

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Kevin Zraly is an American wine educator and the founder of the Windows on the World Wine School, who has been described as America's most famous and entertaining wine teacher.[1][2]

Between 1976 and 2001,[3] Zraly held the position of wine director for the Windows on the World restaurant, on the top floors of New York's 1 WTC World Trade Center, America's top-grossing restaurant.[4] Zraly was hired by Joe Baum whilst a 25-year-old wine salesman and self-educated oenophile with a bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY New Paltz,[3] and is since credited with introducing California wine to the American public,[5] as well as helping to pioneer the use of progressive markup on wine in US restaurants.[6] After the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the school relocated to the New York Marriott Marquis.[7][8]

Zraly's book Windows on the World Complete Wine Course with its annual updates, is among America's best-selling wine books selling over 3 million copies worldwide,[1] and Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide (2006) is the first book that deals comprehensively with all 50 states as modern wine-producing states.[5] Kevin's latest book, The Ultimate Wine Companion, will be released in November 2010.

In 2007, Zraly and Robert Parker launched the Parker & Zraly Wine Certification Program.[9]

In May 2011, Zraly was awarded the prestigious James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Goldberg, Howard G., Decanter.com (September 17, 2001). "Windows on the World: a tribute". 
  2. ^ Patronite, Rob & Raisfield, Robin, New York Magazine (March 21, 2005). "The Grape Debate". 
  3. ^ a b Witchel, Alex, The New York Times (September 25, 2009). "In a Season of Memory, a Toast to What Endures". 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Howard G., Decanter.com (January 29, 2008). "New Windows on the World planned for Freedom Tower". 
  5. ^ a b Goldberg, Howard G., Decanter.com (May 24, 2006). "Zraly rates all 50 wine-producing states". 
  6. ^ Steinberger, Mike, Slate (October 31, 2008). "Good News About the Recession!". 
  7. ^ Lechmere, Adam, Decanter.com (September 25, 2001). "Windows on the World Wine School to continue". 
  8. ^ Robinson, Jancis, jancisrobinson.com. "associations and courses". 
  9. ^ eRobertParker.com Wine Certification Program
  10. ^ Daily News (New York) http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/eats/2011/05/10/2011-05-10_james_beard_foundation_awards_recognize_culinary_excellence_gabrielle_hamilton_t.html |url= missing title (help). [dead link]

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