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David Wondrich

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David Wondrich Biography

David Wondrich is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. Dr. Wondrich (he has a PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University) is the author of countless newspaper and magazine articles (most significantly, the almost 17 years’ worth he wrote as Esquire’s Drinks Correspondent).

He is the Editor in Chief of the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, winner of the American Library Association’s 2022 Dartmouth Medal for best reference book published in the preceding year, and the author of five books, including the hugely influential "Imbibe!," the first cocktail book to win a James Beard award (2007; an expanded and thoroughly revised edition was published in April, 2015), and "Punch," which came out in late 2010 to broad acclaim and did much to spark the current boom in punch-making.

As a consultant, he has been involved in the creation of several spirits that are found on the backbars of practically every craft cocktail bar on the planet, including Ransom Old Tom gin and the multiple award-winning Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum. He is a founding partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource, America’s leading advanced training program for bartenders and other spirits professionals, and a frequent guest lecturer at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of the City of New York and fine bars on five continents and ships at sea.

His writing, lecturing, podcasting and mentoring have earned him a record eight Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards and an IACP Trailblazer Award; in 2019, he came in at number three in Drinks International’s inaugural list of 100 most-influential people in the bar world, based on a poll of top industry professionals.

He is a longtime resident of Brooklyn, New York.

Speaking Topics
  • On Beyond Zombie: A New Look at Old Drinks

    If from time to time you like to sip a little old bourbon on the rocks or a bracingly cold Dry Martini, you’re likely to have at least a glancing familiarity with the main categories of spirits as we generally conceive them, if only to know what you can tolerate and what you can’t. Brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey; done. If you’ve got a favorite category, you’re likely to know something more than that: some history of distillation, some brand history, something about production, and so on.

    As Editor in Chief of the 860-page Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails (winner of the American Library Association’s 2021 Dartmouth Medal for reference work of the year), David Wondrich had the job of going beyond all that; of exploring what the whole world drinks, not just the part of it that takes credit cards. In doing that, he has spent the last decade visiting remote distilleries and digging through archives to try to tie together ancient traditions and track technologies and trade routes as they developed. Please join him for a lively look at some of the more obscure corners of the world of spirits and cocktails, considered from the point of view of what’s in our glasses, or could be.

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Books
Imbibe! Updated and Revised Edition: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to

Imbibe! Updated and Revised Edition: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar

Punch

Punch

Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to Drinking With 250 Drink Recipes

Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to Drinking With 250 Drink Recipes

Stomp and Swerve: American Music Gets Hot, 1843–1924

Stomp and Swerve: American Music Gets Hot, 1843–1924

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK David Wondrich?

    Booking fees for David Wondrich, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Wondrich, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR David Wondrich?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Wondrich for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Wondrich for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Wondrich or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Wondrich or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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David Wondrich Biography

David Wondrich is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. Dr. Wondrich (he has a PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University) is the author of countless newspaper and magazine articles (most significantly, the almost 17 years’ worth he wrote as Esquire’s Drinks Correspondent).

He is the Editor in Chief of the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, winner of the American Library Association’s 2022 Dartmouth Medal for best reference book published in the preceding year, and the author of five books, including the hugely influential "Imbibe!," the first cocktail book to win a James Beard award (2007; an expanded and thoroughly revised edition was published in April, 2015), and "Punch," which came out in late 2010 to broad acclaim and did much to spark the current boom in punch-making.

As a consultant, he has been involved in the creation of several spirits that are found on the backbars of practically every craft cocktail bar on the planet, including Ransom Old Tom gin and the multiple award-winning Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum. He is a founding partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource, America’s leading advanced training program for bartenders and other spirits professionals, and a frequent guest lecturer at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of the City of New York and fine bars on five continents and ships at sea.

His writing, lecturing, podcasting and mentoring have earned him a record eight Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards and an IACP Trailblazer Award; in 2019, he came in at number three in Drinks International’s inaugural list of 100 most-influential people in the bar world, based on a poll of top industry professionals.

He is a longtime resident of Brooklyn, New York.

David Wondrich Speaking Topics

  • On Beyond Zombie: A New Look at Old Drinks

    If from time to time you like to sip a little old bourbon on the rocks or a bracingly cold Dry Martini, you’re likely to have at least a glancing familiarity with the main categories of spirits as we generally conceive them, if only to know what you can tolerate and what you can’t. Brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey; done. If you’ve got a favorite category, you’re likely to know something more than that: some history of distillation, some brand history, something about production, and so on.

    As Editor in Chief of the 860-page Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails (winner of the American Library Association’s 2021 Dartmouth Medal for reference work of the year), David Wondrich had the job of going beyond all that; of exploring what the whole world drinks, not just the part of it that takes credit cards. In doing that, he has spent the last decade visiting remote distilleries and digging through archives to try to tie together ancient traditions and track technologies and trade routes as they developed. Please join him for a lively look at some of the more obscure corners of the world of spirits and cocktails, considered from the point of view of what’s in our glasses, or could be.

David Wondrich Videos

  • A Sip of Knowledge with David Wondrich
  • “On Dive Bars” with Dr. David Wondrich, Author & Cocktail...
    For those of you who listen to this podcast, you know that we talk a lot about the importance of bars, what they’re for, and what role they play in...
  • David Wondrich talks about genever and martini
    The Museum of Rum Distillation : A Documentary About Rum-Making I by David Wondrich

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FAQs on booking David Wondrich

  • How to book David Wondrich?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David Wondrich for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for David Wondrich, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David Wondrich or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book David Wondrich?

    Booking fees for David Wondrich, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Wondrich, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for David Wondrich?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Wondrich for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Wondrich for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Wondrich or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Wondrich or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

David Wondrich is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as On Beyond Zombie: A New Look at Old Drinks. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Wondrich for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. David Wondrich generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shirley Chung, Derek Brown, Dale DeGroff, Ariana Madix and Jim Meehan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Wondrich for an upcoming live or virtual event.

David Wondrich Speaking Topics

  • On Beyond Zombie: A New Look at Old Drinks

    If from time to time you like to sip a little old bourbon on the rocks or a bracingly cold Dry Martini, you’re likely to have at least a glancing familiarity with the main categories of spirits as we generally conceive them, if only to know what you can tolerate and what you can’t. Brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey; done. If you’ve got a favorite category, you’re likely to know something more than that: some history of distillation, some brand history, something about production, and so on.

    As Editor in Chief of the 860-page Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails (winner of the American Library Association’s 2021 Dartmouth Medal for reference work of the year), David Wondrich had the job of going beyond all that; of exploring what the whole world drinks, not just the part of it that takes credit cards. In doing that, he has spent the last decade visiting remote distilleries and digging through archives to try to tie together ancient traditions and track technologies and trade routes as they developed. Please join him for a lively look at some of the more obscure corners of the world of spirits and cocktails, considered from the point of view of what’s in our glasses, or could be.

David Wondrich Speaker Videos

  • A Sip of Knowledge with David Wondrich
    “On Dive Bars” with Dr. David Wondrich, Author & Cocktail Historian
    For those of you who listen to this podcast, you know that we talk a lot about the importance of bars, what they’re for, and what role they play in hosting communities. Few other types of bars show...
  • David Wondrich talks about genever and martini
    The Museum of Rum Distillation : A Documentary About Rum-Making I by David Wondrich

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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