Joseph Micallef


Panel Judge

Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, bestselling author, syndicated columnist, keynote speaker and commentator on the history of food, wine and spirits. He holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits and the Professional Certificate in Spirits from the WSET and is an Italian wine ambassador for Vinitaly International. He also judges for a variety of international wine and spirits competitions.

Micallef is a contributor to the Huffington Post,, and His column “Bottoms Up” is also syndicated by Troy Media to 1,800 Canadian media outlets. He also appears regularly on a variety of broadcast news venues.

Among his recent books are Scotch Whisky: Its History, Production and Appreciation (2015) and The Whisky Isles (2017). Two new books, Tequila: It’s History, Production and Appreciation and Italian Wines That Merit Attention are forthcoming.

When not writing about wines and spirits, Micallef also covers international politics; an activity which would drive anyone to drink. He holds a Graduate Degree (M.Sc.) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. He has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues and at universities and professional organizations around the world.
He is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English, has a working knowledge of French and some proficiency in Arabic and German.

Joseph Micallef