Doug Gossman- Owner
Even as a child, Doug Gossmann was a businessman. He once persuaded his mother to lie about his age so that he could get a paper route. He soon had multiple routes and was making quite a bit of money for someone his age. This entrepreneurial instinct evolved to bigger things and at age 28, he opened the Bristol Bar & Grille. Thirty years and four locations later, the thriving restaurants have become a mainstay on the Louisville dining scene.
Doug Gossmann and the Bristol Bar & Grille are members of Louisville Originals and have won more ‘Best of Louisville’ awards from Louisville Magazine than any other establishment. September 27, 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the Bristol. In celebration, this day has been proclaimed “Bristol Bar & Grille Day” in Louisville by the Office of the Mayor. In 2010, Gossmann was honored with the Bruce Cotton Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kentucky Restaurant Association.
W. Scott Harper, MS, CWE
To say that Scott Harper is a wine aficionado would be an understatement. The man lives and breathes wine. The roots for his love of wine go way back – before he was even legally old enough to enjoy a glass. The restaurant in which he worked as a teenager had a wine list that was written entirely in Italian. The words were all foreign to him, and he grew curious as to what they meant. That was about the time that he bought his first book on wine. He quickly became immersed in all things wine. He was learning the history and the geography of wine, the science behind wine and wine-making and most importantly he was learning the language of wine.
He began working for the Bristol Bar and Grille in 1991, and currently is a managing partner, general manager of the Jeffersonville, Indiana location as well as corporate wine and beverage director, overseeing the award-winning wine programs for all five Bristol locations, four of which are in Louisville, KY.
He gained the title of Certified Wine Educator (CWE), which acknowledges an exceptional standard of both academic knowledge and sensory capability in the field of wine. This is the highest level of recognition of the Society of Wine Educators, yet his education continued. There are four separate levels and exams that must be passed before becoming a Master Sommelier, and Harper passed the final diploma exam in July of 2009. This is considered by many to be the ultimate professional wine accomplishment. The first Masters exam was held in 1969 and there are currently 118 professionals who have earned the title of Master Sommelier in the Americas. Approximately 5% of MS candidates pass the Diploma Exam.
Always doing his best to educate and give back to the community, Scott teaches wine courses through the continuing education program at Bellarmine University and also writes for Sophisticated Living Louisville and Food and Dining Louisville. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and is licensed through the French Wine Society to teach the curriculum of the French Wine Academy. He is a recipient of the Banfi Award, given to the individual who passes the CWE examination on the first sitting, and with the highest score. In 2008, he was selected by the Court of Master Sommeliers to participate in the Mariani Wine Enrichment program in Italy. At home, Scott likes to relax, have fun and spend time with his wife and three dogs.