Meet Master of Wine Bill Nesto and co-author Fran Di Savino

Married in 2005, Fran Di Savino is a graduate from Wellesley and received her Juris Doctorate law degree from Columbia. Bill Nesto writes for a variety of trade publications and is a founder of the wine studies program at Boston University, where he is a senior lecturer. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and was certified in 1993 as a master of wine by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London.

In 1997, the wine producers of France’s Champagne district awarded him the “Confrerie de Saint-Vincent” for his efforts teaching consumers about Champagne. In 1999, Bill was made an honorary member of the League of Chianti. In 2009, The Italian Trade Commission awarded him a Special Recognition Certificate for Distinguished Service.

Bill and his wife, Frances Di Savino, authored the book, The World of Sicilian Wine (University of California Press, March 2013), which won the 2013 Andre Simon Book Award. More recently, also with Frances Di Savino, he authored Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine (University of California Press, September 2016). This book won a 2016 Andre Simon Shortlist Book Award conferred in London, a “Drink Special Awards” prize at the 2017 Gourmand International World Cookbooks Award ceremony held in China, and a 2017 Special Mention Award in the “Monographs” category bestowed by the Jury of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), headquartered in Paris, France.

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