Episode 432 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Doug Frost, who is both a Master of Wine and a Master Sommelier. Doug does consulting work as well as wine and spirits writing from a home base in Kansas City.
Doug Frost is one of the few people in the world who is both a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine, but he might be the last person to ever announce that to you. Instead, Doug prefers to lead with the more humble aspects of his bio — the times he was broke, the times he was difficult, the times he got a lucky break, and so on. Doug gives every indication of being an easy person to like, but also of being a hospitality professional: someone whose goal is to make the other people around him feel comfortable. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had some fun times himself — in fact this whole interview is packed with recountings of what seem like exciting happenings that it would have been nice to have been around for. Like visiting Marius Gentaz, drinking First Growths, and traveling to India. Doug has the sort of varied experiences that someone who has given up a steady 9 to 5 gig is bound to have, as his consulting arrangements have taken him all over the globe and also to sky high elevations (Doug is a consultant for United Airlines). If you are curious how amazing a career in wine and spirits can really be, this is a good interview to check out.
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