Ken Chase is a classically trained wine maker and viticulturist with an international reputation. Chase started studying wine
in Bordeaux France, Germany and Italy, while living in Europe for eight years. This early interest in wine led Chase to study
more throughout the classical wine growing regions of Europe. Also a student of aviation, Chase sought to blend his passion for
flying with his interest in wine-making.
Chase's current role as wine consultant for American Airlines successfully combines these interests. He selects fine wines for
various routes paying close attention to menu parings, as well as the ethnic, cultural, seasonal and stylistic differences of each
Additionally, Chase is active in the wine community. He is a wine resource for the Young President's Organization, Texas; Chairman
of "Toast to Humanity", a cause branding business dedicated to raising funds for charities worldwide; and the viticulture/oenological
team leader for both the Andean wine project in Mendoza, Argentina and for Perugian "Super Umbrian" vineyard project. As a recent
member of the Board of Directors and Research Director for World Vintners, the world's largest producer of home wine-making kits, Chase
spearheaded the quality revolution in that industry, which is now poised for growth in this tough economic time. He has also served as
the consultant/managing partner to Lanpak International, one of the world leaders in Tetra Prisma wine packaging.
Throughout his career, Chase has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Royal Caribbean, American Express Wine Club and other
airlines. He selected wines for the Pope during his visit to Canada and has appeared as a radio personality on CBC radio and Chum 1050 AM
as the resident wine guru.
His formal undergraduate education was at Loyola of Montreal followed by the University of Freiburg in West Germany. Later Chase pursued a
degree in enology and viticulture studies at University of Melbourne followed by continuing studies at UC Davis California. He is currently
involved in post-graduate research work at the University of Melbourne, Australia in enology and viticulture where he is pursuing his Ph.D.
as a visiting researcher.
Presently Chase is writing his first book on wine, and travels worldwide striving to take the mystery out of wine and sharing his passion with others.
Chase was born and raised in Montreal and is fluent in French, English and German.
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