David’s story in wine began with his father’s love of wine leading to the family buying a winery in New York State in the 1980s. “We all jumped in together and started Rivendell in 1987,” says David, “and I got to name it.” Rivendell, named after the House of the Elves in J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings, went on to become New York’s top award-winning winery while the Ransom family owned it, getting top honors from critics, as well.
Outside the winery business, David has been involved in the education, promotion and marketing of wines and spirits across the country for over 30 years. As a wine and spirits consultant for various hospitality related companies, his involvement in the industry has included program and list development, competition judging and event production. He has also worked as a sommelier and was the managing wine director for the James Beard Awards from 2003-2006.
He currently serves as Chair of the prestigious Wine Media Guild (www.winemediaguild.org), a U.S. based membership of wine writers and wine educators, and as East Coast Editor for The Tasting Panel Magazine & The Somm Journal where he pens two columns and frequent feature articles.
Getting into Broadcasting:
“The inspiration for The Connected Table LIVE! Radio show and SIPS! podcasts came when I asked Melanie to guest host with me on my former show, The RSVP Radio Hour in Las Vegas, while my co-host (and broadcasting mentor) Jennifer English took vacation. We clicked (again), and that was it. We’re six years into this journey, now, and we’ve never looked back.” Attached also are text and update images (at this time)