July 26, 2016 (Los Angeles) – M Dash Publishing is pleased to announce it has named veteran wine and spirits journalist and radio host David L. Ransom as its East Coast Editor for The Tasting Panel Magazine (tastingpanelmag.com), The SOMM Journal (sommjournal.com) and The Clever Root (thecleverroot.com).
In addition to uncovering the trends and the biggest stories coming out of the East Coast, Ransom will pen a monthly column for The Tasting Panel Magazine. Titled “The Ransom Note,” the column will focus on the people, the products and the news shaping the exciting beverage and restaurant world along the Eastern Seaboard.
“David brings a wealth of knowledge and a keen ability to ferret out the next big thing in the ever-changing food-and-beverage landscape,” says Publisher and Editorial Director, Meridith May of The SOMM Journal, The Tasting Panel Magazine and The Clever Root. “Marrying trend hunting with engaging writing is a true art, one that David has long mastered. We couldn’t be more pleased that David is now a member of our world-class team.”
“I’m thrilled to become a part of the editorial team at M Dash Publishing and its group of magazines,” says David Ransom. “Since 2009 when I first started writing for The Tasting Panel, and subsequently The SOMM Journal, I’ve enjoyed covering the people and products that shape our industry, and look forward to working more closely with the editorial team to deliver quality content that speaks to the current trends and news in wine, spirits, and food.”
Ransom is also co-host of the top-rated national radio show The Connected Table LIVE! The show is broadcast live weekly on W4CY Radio and iHeart Radio and features interviews with industry movers and shakers from food, wine, spirits, and travel.
A Board Member of the prestigious Wine Media Guild, David is a regular speaker and panel judge for wine and spirits events, and served as Wine Director for the James Beard Awards from 2003-2006.
A lifelong member of the industry, David’s start in wine came as co-founder of New York State’s legendary Rivendell Winery, now sold, which he ran with his family for many years. David got his start as a writer with his signature column, “Rocks Stars,” profiling luminaries in the spirits industry for Inside F&B.
David and his wife, author Melanie Young, currently reside in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley with their dog, Sazerac.
About The SOMM Journal
Formerly Sommelier Journal, The SOMM Journal is written by and for wine and beverage industry professionals. Owned by Meridith May, Publisher and Editorial Director, The SOMM Journal boasts a distribution of 67K, and broadens both emerging and veteran industry professionals’ understanding of the business. Departments cover top restaurants’ wine and mixology programs; in-depth profiles of the world’s wine regions; industry trends and technology; and exploration of current issues that most concern sommeliers.
About The Tasting Panel Magazine
The Tasting Panel Magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry, reaching an audience of thousands of key decision-makers every month and growing on an international scale. Manning the ship is renowned wine & spirits veteran Anthony Dias Blue as Editor-in-Chief and longtime wine & spirits publisher and executive editor Meridith May. With their expertise, experience and esteem, they collectively have their finger on the pulse of the beverage industry, making for one of the most informative and cutting edge publications focusing on beverages, the beverage trade and the people who make the industry tick. Regular features include: “Blue Reviews,” authoritative scores and reviews of wines and spirits; “Industry Spotlight,” highlighting innovators and leaders, and “Brief Encounters.”
About The Clever Root
The Clever Root is a national quarterly publication with a focus on ingredients, chefs, ranchers and growers. Each beautiful issue brings the farm-to-table movement to life in new ways, and will highlight the chefs and food innovators who are shaping the future of our industry. The Clever Root brings an industry-insider’s look at modern cuisine, trends and tools of the trade and unique ingredients and the people who grow them, including offering a smart look at the booming cannabis industry. The Clever Root is the third publication from M Dash Publishing.