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March 3, 2020

F. Paul Pacult: Founder of The Spirits Journal & Special Projects Editor for The New York Times Magazine

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F. Paul Pacult is a legend in the world of alcohol. Forbes has called him “America’s foremost expert on distilled spirit.” He has a laundry list of accomplishments in so many areas of the alcohol industry and has forgotten more about it than most people will ever know.

Paul was generous enough to join us from his home in New York for an all encompassing conversation about the spirits world and the many ways in which he has shaped it. This was a very special conversation for spirits lovers and we are very happy to bring it to you today. Please share it with anyone you think would enjoy it!

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About Paul: From Forbes: (

F. Paul Pacult is America’s foremost expert on distilled spirits. He is author of Kindred Spirits and The Spirits Journal; a wine, beer and spirits journalist; and an educator, lecturer and consultant. After working for Sonoma County winemaker Rodney Strong from 1973 to 1982, Pacult relocated to New York, where he founded his wine school, Wine Courses International. From 1982 to 1990, he contributed to a wide array of publications, including Playboy, Wine & Spirits, Cheers, Connoisseur, MarketWatch, Travel & Leisure, Men’s Journal and The New York Times Magazine. He produced and co-hosted two syndicated radio shows, The Happy Hour (1997-1999) and Paul Pacult’s Good Life (2000) and has appeared in two landmark History Channel documentaries. Currently, Pacult is publisher/editor of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal; special projects editor for The New York Times Magazine; monthly columnist for Delta Sky, the award-winning Delta Air Lines in-flight magazine; a contributor to CARGO magazine; judging director for the San Francisco World Spirits Competition; contributing editor for Beverage Dynamics; and columnist and spirits-tasting director for Wine Enthusiast magazine. He also hosts a critically acclaimed monthly tasting series in New York City, the Masters Series at Keens Steakhouse. He is also a founding partner of Beverage Alcohol Resource LLC (BAR), the preeminent spirits and mixology institute in the world. He is the author of A Double Scotch: How Chivas Regal and the Glenlivet Became Global Icons (Wiley, 2005), the best-selling American Still Life: The Jim Beam Story and The Making of the World’s #1 Bourbon (Wiley, 2003), as well as Kindred Spirits (Hyperion, 1997) and The Beer Essentials (Hyperion, 1997). Paul also won an award for wine journalism excellence in 2001 from the Academy of Wine Communications. He is the only journalist in the world to concurrently be a life member of Keepers of the Quaich whisky society (Edinburgh, Scotland), a life member of Kentucky’s Bourbon Hall of Fame and a life member of France’s Company of Armagnac Musketeers. F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal has been the most trusted newsletter on spirits, wine, and beer in America. Published quarterly, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal does not accept advertising and, as such, renders unbiased reviews and ratings that are considered the gold standard within the alcoholic beverage industry.

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