PHILIP WARD (NJ, USA)
Fine Wine Brand Manager, Opici Family Distributing
Phil has been employed in the wine business for almost 30 years. He is currently the wine educator, fine wine manager and a winery brand manager at American B.D. Co. in NJ. The company is a division of Opici Family Distributing. Hubert Opici, who is still going strong at 97 years old, founded the company in 1934. Prior to his wine career, Phil was a classically trained chef and worked in the restaurant business for 10 years. He is the author of two books, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Home BrewÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Home Winemaker's Handbook.Ã¢â‚¬Â He is on the Board of Directors of the International Riesling Foundation. He has judged at numerous wine competitions for over 25 years Phil and his wife live in the bucolic and verdant part of New Jersey.