Michael Jordan

Master Sommelier, Jackson Family Wines

MICHAEL JORDAN, master sommelier and certified wine educator, is director of global key accounts for Jackson Family Wines. He travels the world to work with hospitality industry leaders, specializing in education and training sommeliers and service teams. Jordan also hosts a weekly radio show, What’s Cookin’ on Wine, which can be heard in many AM radio markets across the country and as a podcast on CRN Digital Talk Radio. With over forty years in the hospitality and restaurant business, Michael worked his way up to executive chef and later served as GM and sommelier in several world-renowned restaurants. Known as the “sommelier for the people” and one of only fifteen people in the world who have been awarded both master sommelier and certified wine educator diplomas, Michael loves to demystify the world of wines and help people experience the joy of masterful wine-and-food pairings. At his home in Orange County, California, Michael grows eighty different types of organic heirloom tomatoes. And when he’s not busy creating harmonies between food and wine, he’s an avid musician. Since 1970, he’s played guitar not only in bands but also with many notable greats, including Albert Lee, Dave Mason, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, David Pack, David Benoit, Mike Nelson, and Rosie Flores.