Joshua Ratliff is a Certified Sommelier, a member of the Guild of Master Sommeliers and proud native Hoosier. One of eight certified sommeliers in the state of Indiana; Ratliff is Director of Hospitality at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
While pursuing his wine education from 2011 to 2015 with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Ratliff coordinated countless wine tastings with local and regional retailers, distributors and importers. In the continued pursuit of growth, he studies and tastes wine with Sommeliers from Indianapolis area restaurants and hospitality groups. Beyond tastings, Ratliff delivers wine service workshops and consultancies with Columbus area restaurants and their staffs. He currently serves on the Indianapolis Food Council Advisory Board and Ivy Tech’s State Hospitality Advisory Board with past work including Hospitality Management with a Hoosier-based Fortune 200 Company.
From a young age, Ratliff has been intrigued by unfamiliar cultures, big events, and anything that involves gathering around a table. From his first job as a busboy, and through his 16-year career, Ratliff has learned virtues of the trade- empathy, promptness and humility. His professional passions are rooted in a desire to elevate the role good food, wine, and service plays in everyone's life. Apart from these, in wine classes and tastings, Ratliff champions the beverage as a powerful lens through which to view various subjects. He loves how grapes’ names can tell the story of the world wars, how ripe German grapes can speak to climate change, and how simple questions like ‘what makes red wine red?’ can re-inspire childlike wonder.
Joshua lives in Columbus, Indiana where he shares a love for art and architecture with his wife Brooke Hawkins.