The Balvenie Ambassador – USA, Central/South
Texas native and whisky expert, The Balvenie Brand Ambassador Jonathan Wingo has been making a name for himself in the whisky industry since 2010. In the past several years, Jonathan has been running a whisky specialty shop in Brooklyn, NY; founded an educational seminar dedicated to whisky and has worked in a variety of roles for distillers on both coasts of the United States.
After receiving a degree in Social and Historical Inquiry from The New School in New York City, Jonathan honed his skills in the service industry as a bartender and bar manager, eventually becoming a buyer for The Whiskey Brooklyn in Williamsburg. He opened a boutique liquor store in Williamsburg called The Whiskey Shop, dedicating his time to currating a collection of craft and obscure whiskies distilled from all over the world. His enthusiasm for the spirit was what led to his recognition in 2012 by Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in the Food and Wine category. As a result, Jonathan has been profiled in The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News. The Whiskey Shop has been reviewed by Zagat, Travel + Leisure and the Japanese publication, Pen.
In addition to his work with The Whiskey Shop, Jonathan also co-founded Camp Whiskey, a seasonal, 5-week course of informal classes that partners with distillers, suppliers and guest speakers in a greater effort to spread the message about whisk(e)y and develop a community.