Anthony Dias Blue is recognized worldwide as a leading food, wine, spirits and travel expert. Along with being a published author, columnist, TV and radio personality, Mr. Blue also heads a food & wine events company and hosts food & wine competitions worldwide. His award-winning work spans all forms of media and is circulated to more than 30,000,000 consumers each month.
Blue has a long-running feature spot on WCBS radio in New York City featuring restaurant reviews and lifestyle subjects, mostly associated with food and wine. Now called The Blue Lifestyle Minute, the feature has been on every day for more than 30 years (except for the two weeks following 9/11). Blue received a James Beard Award for the Minute in 2001.
A separate, localized version of The Blue Lifestyle Minute began airing in 1999 on KFWB in Los Angeles. In 2009, this feature moved to KABC along with the addition of a new weekend show called The Taste Buds co-hosted with Meridith May and Merrill Schindler. In 2014 Blue left KABC and moved The Blue Lifestyle Minute to KNX (AM) 1070. This brings Blue's listenership to over 200,000.
In 1978, Blue became West Coast Editor of Food & Wine magazine and then later in 1980 he became Wine and Spirits Editor of Bon Appétit Magazine, a position he held for 26 years. Anthony also wrote a weekly syndicated wine column that appeared in the Bay Area, first in the San Francisco Chronicle and then in the San Jose Mercury News. For 10 years, Blue wrote and edited the Zagat Guide for northern California for his friend Tim Zagat, with whom he attended Riverdale.
After leaving Bon Appétit in 2007, Blue purchased in partnership with Publisher Meridith May Patterson's Beverage Journal, a 65-year-old beverage trade publication that was renamed The Tasting Panel. It has become the highest circulated beverage industry publication. In December 2013, The Tasting Panel magazine acquired The Sommelier Journal with Blue as the new Editor-in-Chief along with a team of top wine and hospitality industry writers.
In 2015 Blue and May announced a new quarterly magazine to begin publication in 2016. Called THE CLEVER ROOT the new publication will focus on agricultural subjects, particularly cannabis.
Blue runs the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest international wine competition in the US. In 2000, Blue launched the San Francisco World Spirits Competition which has become the largest spirits competition in the United States and second largest spirits competition in the world. In 2011, he became the Executive Director of the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.