Once a hugely respected sommelier who reveled in the extravagance of princely pours, Josh now sips from the cups of carpenters as lord of wine, beer and spirits at Best Cellars at A&P — a chain of value-oriented wine stores where the bottles are arranged by taste and affordably priced. With award-winning shops in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia, Best Cellars just might be near enough to visit the next time you're feeling thirsty. No matter what, you can always drop by the store for a palate-whetting whiff via the web at www.bestcellars.com.
A leading authority on the pairing of wine and food, Josh has written extensively on the subject in many books and magazines. In 1984, he won the title of Best Sommelier in French Wines & Spirits in the United States. In 1989, he was nominated for the Who's Who in American Cooking. In 1997, Food & Wine magazine named him Retail Wine Innovator of the Year. In 2003, he received the prestigious Ambassador's Award from the European Wine Council. In 2005, JetBlue Airways selected him as its official ”Low-fare Sommelier.“ In 2009, the Wine Enthusiast honored Josh and Best Cellars with the Wine Star Award as Retailer of the Year.
Josh has been a frequent guest on CBS-The Early Show and CNN. He is also a regular commentator on American Public Media's ”The Splendid Table.“ His latest book, Williams-Sonoma Food & Wine—a new look at flavor (Simon & Schuster/Fireside, 2008), is available everywhere lushly photographed food porn is sold.