SEPTEMBER 23–25, 2024

Eric Zandona

Eric Zandona
Director of Spirits Information, American Distilling Institute

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric Zandona is Director of Spirits Information at the American Distilling Institute, a staff writer for Distiller magazine, and he also runs the website

In addition, Eric has authored, edited and contributed to six books on distilled spirits, including The Bourbon Bible, and The Tequila Dictionary.

Eric serves as a "Tequila Jockey" for Tequila Aficionado's web-series Sipping off the Cuff, and regularly speaks about spirits before consumers, producers, and regulators, both in the US and Internationally.

In 2017, Eric began a year long residency in Oaxaca drinking, and learning about Mexican gin, rum, whiskey, and agave spirits. Today, he and his family live in Vancouver, Washington.

In 2018, Eric was a shortlist nominee for the International Wine and Spirits Competition's Spirits Communicator of the Year Award, and in 2019, the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s 13th Annual Spirited Awards Committee selected The Bourbon Bible as a Top 10 Nominee for Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits.