About Brian Freedman
Brian Freedman is a food, wine, spirits, and travel writer, restaurant and beverage consultant, drinks educator, and event host and speaker. He is Editor-in-Chief of Drink Me Magazine, a contributing writer for John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet and Philadelphia Style Magazine, and restaurant critic and beverage columnist for Philadelphia Weekly, Suburban Life Magazine, and Philadelphia Life Magazine. In addition, Brian has contributed to Fodors.com and Sommelier India, the largest wine magazine in India, and writes the blog The Food, Drink & Travel Report, at FDTreport.com. In 2013 and 2014, he was recognized by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s Keystone Awards for his ongoing food and drink coverage for Philadelphia Weekly.
Previously, he worked as wine columnist for Affluent Magazine and The Good Life Report; drinks columnist on CityEats.com, the restaurant site by the Food Network; director of wine education at the Wine School of Philadelphia; restaurant critic for LifeStyle Magazine; restaurant critic for AroundPhilly.com, AroundAC.com, and The Evening Bulletin; editorial director for ClassicWines.com; and host of Classic Wines TV, a popular online wine show. Brian also hosted the Philadelphia episode of “Hungry In…Philadelphia” on the Hungry Channel online. For several years, he wrote the UncorkLife blog for Wine Chateau, one of the largest online wine retailers in the United States. He regularly hosts wine dinners and tastings at corporate offices, restaurants, clubs, and private residences, and hosted a series of wine tastings at The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in 2011. Brian also has worked with Wine Chateau to help run their wine tastings at the GBK gift lounge in Los Angeles for invitees to the Emmy Awards, the Golden Globes, and the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic.
Brian’s writing has been published internationally, nationally, and locally, and he has appeared on television on Fox 29′s “Good Day Philadelphia,” Comcast’s “Your Morning on CN8,” ABC7’s “View From The Bay” in San Francisco, NBC4’s “Weekend Today in New York,” CBS2’s “The Couch” in New York, and the nationally syndicated “Better Show.” He also discussed Albarino live on-air for Spanish television in Galicia. He has hosted the Chefs Panel at the National Association for Catering and Events conference, worked as host and moderator for the culinary demonstrations at the Catersource and Event Solutions Conference and Tradeshow in Las Vegas, lectured on wine and beer at the International Association of Conference Centres conventions in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Texas, was a speaker at the Society of Wine Educators conference in Orlando, and has discussed wines live on-air on “Cooking Today” on Martha Stewart Living Radio, SiriusXM. He also ran a seminar for the catering staff of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia on wine trends, service, and sales.
Brian has been interviewed for articles in a number of publications, including Worth Magazine, USAirways Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Grape Magazine, and syndicated Associated Press pieces, among others domestically, as well as publications in Israel and Uruguay that have coincided with his visits to those countries to taste their wines and food. He has worked as a consulting sommelier for various restaurant projects and wine dinners, and has consulted on the wine lists for three meals at New York’s prestigious James Beard House. He also has had relationships with private collectors as a personal wine consultant, and consulted on the wine list and beverage program at, among others, Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia, which was named one of the 10 best new restaurants in America 2011 by Bon Appetit Magazine and one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in both 2012 and 2013. In addition, Brian has conducted wine-cellar assessments for clients looking to both purchase and sell their collections, and for an insurance adjuster in order to assess potentially damaged bottles.
Brian has traveled to 22 countries around the world and extensively throughout the United States to experience the food, drink, and culture for his work. He hosts occasional beverage and food classes at COOK Philadelphia (some based on his international and domestic travels), hosted two travel seminars at the Lodge at Woodloch, eats hundreds of restaurant meals a year, serves as Membership Chair of the Wine Media Guild of New York, and in 2012 completed his term as the Philadelphia Ambassador for Port and Champagne for the Center for Wine Origins. Later that year, Brian was named the first American Ambassador for the Albariño Explorers Club from Rías Baixas, Spain, for 2013.