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M. Fisher, PhD is the wine columnist for the Culinary Connection
of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing
Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was
a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute
of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational
Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern
California. Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern
California, Joel is also a member of Patterson Magazine's tasting
Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle
of Wine Writers (UK) and was awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship
for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America. He is the author
of the Wine Work Book now in its 6th edition.
2004 he co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the
Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany and to wineries in Burgundy
and Champagne. In June 2006 he again led a program, "Wine and
Cuisine of Iberia," to Spain and Portugal.
Organizations and Memberships
of Wine Educators
Circle of Wine Writers (UK)
the 1960's, Joel M. Fisher (JMF) served in many Washington positions,
including as Public Relations Director to Charlie Rhyne's World
Peace Through Law Committee, before returning to California to teach.
Two years later he was awarded the Ford Foundation supported National
Committee Fellowship and was appointed Director of the Arts and
Sciences and State Legislative Divisions of his party's national
committee. As part of the 1968 presidential campaign, Fisher operated
in 13 states.
Following that election, Joel became Assistant Deputy Counsel to
the President, secretary of the inter-agency political coordinators
group in the White House, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
Returning again to academia, Fisher taught at Georgetown University,
and then back in California at Loyola, Southwestern and Whittier
Law Schools. He also served as Assistant Dean at Whittier, and in
addition taught political science at Whittier, University of California
Irvine, UCLA and SC.
Joel is the author of 2 books on politics and more than 20 articles,
monographs and reviews on politics, international law and international
He serves as public affairs director for the former Hollywood Palace,
now Avalon, and Vanguard, among other clients.
In the Hollywood and Los Angeles political arena, he served for
five years as President of the 20,000 some Hollywood United Neighborhood
Council, and as the first Senator from HUNC to the Los Angeles Neighborhood
Council Congress. On the Board of the Vine Street Association, he
was elected to the Board of the Hollywood Entertainment District's
Business Improvement District, where he has served as Treasurer,
and now Vice President. A member of the Board of Managers for the
Hollywood Wilshire YMCA, He is also Vice President (former President)
of the Imperial House Home Owners Board of Directors.
Wine interests include the monthly column of the Culinary Connection
for the Chefs De Cuisine Association
of California, and organizing wine tastings and wine-making dinners
throughout Los Angeles County. Since 2006 he has been President
of LAWINEFEST Inc., organizing the hit 2006 event and building towards
the forth coming 2007 event on the Queen Mary.
National Chairman, Community Leaders
Claremont Graduate Council (1973-1977)
International Forum for the LA World Affairs Council, President
California Center for Education in Public Affairs, Secretary
Official Visitor: The European Communities, November 1976 and February
1974; Canada, December 1973; American Political Science Association
State Fellow (California)
US Election Observer, 1969 German Elections
Listed in Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Politics;
American Men of Science (Social and Behavioral); Dictionary of International
Note from Joel on bio page content to Lance the "more is better"web
guy. "Ok thats way too much bio stuff! Enough already!"