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Eddie Osterland America's First Master Sommelier
Eddie Osterland is a dynamic Speaker, Entertainer and Author. For more than 25-years, Eddie has traveled the world giving highly entertaining keynote dinner talks and delivered workshops to corporate audiences on Power Entertaining with Food and Wine. Eddie shares his strategies on how to Power Entertain clients with ease, class, and confidence, using great wine, food and hospitality to close more big deals, solidify key business relationships and build strong lasting business relationships. Eddie’s helped hundreds of executives and CEO’s become successful Power Entertainers and speaks to more than 45 organizations per year.
In 2008, he was the only Master Sommelier invited to entertain corporate clients at the Bejing Olympics. Eddie is the Business and Entertaining Coach for Vistage International, the world’s leading CEO organization with more than 14,000 members worldwide. Eddie has been featured as a wine expert by Esquire, JetSet, and Entrepreneur magazines, and was the Director of Trade Education for the International Wine Center in New York City. He served as the wine editor of Restaurant Business Magazine for nearly a decade, and has regularly contributed his expertise to the National Restaurant Association.
Eddie has the distinction of being America’s very first Master Sommelier, the highest International distinction that a professional can attain in fine wine and beverage service. He holds the prestigious degree of Diplome Universitaire d’Aptitude a la Degustation (DUAD) from the Universite de Bordeaux, in Bordeaux, France. From there, he became Head Sommelier at the Hotel de la Poste in Beaune, Burgundy, France—an American running a French wine cellar!!
Eddie holds a Degree in Psychology and is an Instrument Rated Pilot.