Evan Goldstein, MS, is one of the nation’s most prolific food and wine industry veterans. His food and wine career started at age 19 in the kitchens of the Restaurant Le Saintongeais and the Hotel Lancaster in Paris, Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, and Chez Panisse Café in Berkeley, California. In 1984 he joined his mother Chef and Author Joyce Goldstein in opening the celebrated San Francisco restaurant Square One where as sommelier his wine lists received myriad awards. In 1987 he became the eighth American and youngest ever at the time to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. Since 1990, Evan has created education programs, wine training and service hospitality schools with Seagram Chateau & Estates Wines Company, Diageo, Allied Domecq, and most recently, as the Vice President of Global Wine & Brand Education at Beam Wine Estates. In addition, Evan continues to train and examine candidates for the Court of Master Sommeliers as a Founding Board member.
Evan is the author of Five Star Service: Your Guide to Hospitality Excellence (On Premise Communications Inc. publishers) and the critically acclaimed books, Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Foodand its sequel, Daring Pairings: A Master Sommelier Matches Distinctive Wines with Recipes from His Favorite Chefs, both published by the University of California Press. In addition, Goldstein co-authored numerous books with his mother Joyce Goldstein, including ‘Wine and Food Pairing’ in the Williams Sonoma Lifestyles series. His latest literary undertaking, ‘Wines of South America: The Essential Guide’, UC Press), was published in fall 2014.
Evan is a regular editorial contributor to America’s Sommelier Journal, a contributing editor for Wine & Dine and Indulgence magazines in Singapore, is the American wine correspondent for Wine Review, South Korea’s leading wine and food magazine, and is a recurring guest wine expert on NBC’s syndicated television show “In Wine Country.” He also makes regular guest appearances on the top-rated “Ronn Owens’ Show” on KGO Radio, and on Saturday morning television’s KPIX “Eyewitness News”, both in San Francisco, and on the nationally syndicated Martha Stewart Radio, hosted by Sirius. Evan has been twice included on the IntoWine.com’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry” in 2018 and its original list in 2013.
In September 2018, Evan and his business partner, Limeng Stroh, launched Master the World (www.MTWwines.com), subscription-based and curated blind tasting kits. This game-changing vehicle for improving one’s wine tasting abilities comes to life in monthly shipments of six wines (packaged in 187 ml bottles) enabling the user to blind taste wines, specifically curated by Evan and a panel of other Master Sommeliers and anaerobically decanted from quality finished bottles into tasting flights. You taste, evaluate, and then submit your findings online for immediate scoring, feedback, and, if you want, further live coaching by a Master.
Evan will be moderating the Exploring the Neighborhoods of the Russian River Valley - Seminar on Saturday, March 7, 2020.