Arthur Black is one of a handful of young beverage industry educational leaders in the country. Arthur is the Corporate Wine and Spirits Sales Manager for RNDC, a leading wholesaler of fine wines and spirits. In addition to his role at RNDC Indiana, Arthur is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Certified Spanish Wine Educator, a French Wine Educator, a Certified Sake Specialist, a wine and spirits writer, has lectured and taught at copious venues and several universities, has traveled the world and studied in numerous wine producing countries, in addition to studying Sake in japan, Cognac in the Charentes, Tequila in Spain, and Scotch and Irish Whiskey in the U.K., and is also an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of the Master Sommeliers.
Though there are many wine related credentials in the world, regulated and administered by various organizations, becoming a Master Sommelier candidate has placed Arthur in the top 4% of hte entire wine professional world. In terms of wine, spirits, and beverage, knowledge and service, the title of Master Sommelier is the highest and ultimate attainable credential in the food, wine, and beverage community, world wide. Since the inception of the organization in the 1960s and the creation of the American Chapter in 1977, there have only been approximately 170 individuals in the world to pass the extraordinarily difficult series of examinations required to claim the coveted title of Master Sommelier.
In the past several years, Arthur began putting his wine knowledge and service skills to the test by competing in national and international sommeliers and wine competitions. In October of 2007, Arthur competed against the best 10 young wine professionals from around the country in the 2007 USA Sommeliers Championships held in Monterey, California and was able to bring home the bronze, placing 3rd amongst his peers. Arthur also competed in the National Best Young Sommelier Competition of 2008, making it to the championships held in Las Vegas, where he took 1st place in the nation as the 2008 Champion!
Having worked in most areas of the wine business, including extensive time in retail, white table cloth restaurants, fine wine shops, wine production, and wine wholesale, Arthur is an extreme wine and food enthusiast that sincerely tries his hardest to engage the trade and public, demanding their appreciation for the finer things in life, yet always reinforcing the notion that such hedonistic articles are not reserved for the elite, foreign, or elderly, but should, and must, be available to everyone and anyone remotely curious about the playground of the human palette.