Bill Nesto is one of approximately 370 Masters of Wine worldwide. He is a founder of the Wine Studies Program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. As a Senior Lecturer, he teaches at BU’s Metropolitan College and the School of Hospitality Administration.
Bill has lectured at the Boston Wine Festival, the Nantucket Wine Festival, the Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic, the Boston Wine Expo, The Museum of Fine Arts, The Institute of Contemporary Art–Boston, WBGH-TV wine auction, Johnson & Wales University, Cornell University, Harvard University, the Culinary Institute of America, the Enoteca Italiana in Siena, Italy, the Accademia dei Georgofili in Florence, Italy, and Vinitaly in Verona, Italy. He has written for Gastronomica, Santé, and Massachusetts Beverage Business.
In 1997, the wine producers of France’s Champagne district awarded him the “Confrerie de Saint-Vincent” for his efforts teaching consumers about Champagne. In 1999, Bill was made an honorary member of the League of Chianti. In 2009, The Italian Trade Commission awarded him a Special Recognition Certificate for Distinguished Service.
Bill has judged wine competitions both in the United States and Italy, including The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, Vinitaly, Banco d’Assaggio, La Selezione del Sindaco, and Radici del Sud. He and his wife, Frances Di Savino, authored the book, The World of Sicilian Wine (University of California Press, March 2013), which won the 2013 Andre Simon Book Award. More recently, also with Frances Di Savino, he authored Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine (University of California Press, September 2016). This book won a 2016 Andre Simon Shortlist Book Award conferred in London, a “Drink Special Awards” prize at the 2017 Gourmand International World Cookbooks Award ceremony held in China, and a 2017 Special Mention Award in the “Monographs” category bestowed by the Jury of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), headquartered in Paris, France.