A member of the Society of Wine Educators, a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Certified Spanish Wine Educator, a Certified French Wine Educator, a Certified Sake Specialist, Certified Spirits Specialist, Advanced Sommelier, Level 1 Cicerone, Advanced Level III through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a wine, beer and spirits writer and has lectured and taught at numerous venues and universities. He’s an active educator in the American sommelier community. He is also the founder and President of the Indiana Craft Beverage Association. There are few things in life he enjoys more than yoga and a glass of grower champagne (but not together).
A restaurateur that co-owns and operates Black Market, Rook, and Siam Square in downtown Indianapolis, is Joshua Gonzales’ partner at the award-winning cocktail bar, Thunderbird, and is a partner at The Inferno Room (a tiki bar opening in Indianapolis in 2017). As a rum geek, he teaches rum classes around Indianapolis to bartenders and restaurants, and travels abroad to visit rum distilleries when possible. To unwind, you’ll often find him relaxing with a Ti’ Punch.
They both love to listen to metal, are heavily tattooed, and have a tendency to curse at inappropriate times.