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Past Speakers

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson
Director of Culture & Communications, Domain H. W. Harlan

To his role as senior vice president and editor in chief of Robb Report magazine, Brett Anderson applies a broad background in content creation spanning multiple industries and media. His areas of expertise encompass general business journalism, enterprise technologies, personal computing, telecommunications, the Internet, multimedia, consumer electronics, entertainment, and lifestyle. The various media in which he has … Continued

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Betsy Andrews

Betsy Andrews
Columnist, Departures.com

Betsy Andrews is a wine columnist for Departures.com. She is also an editor-at-large for Rodale’s Organic Life magazine and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Arrive, and other publications. She is the former executive editor of Saveur magazine and editor of Saveur DRINK. She has also been a dining critic for … Continued

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Jane Anson

Jane Anson
Author, Inside Bordeaux

Jane Anson has lived in Bordeaux since 2003. She is author of Inside Bordeaux (BB&R Publishing 2020, called a ‘category buster’ by Wine Anorak and ‘the Bordeaux bible’ by Le Figaro), Wine Revolution (Quarto 2017), The Club of Nine (Katz Publishing 2016) Angélus (Editions de la Martiniere, 2016) and Bordeaux Legends, a history of the … Continued

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Jullianne Ballou

Jullianne Ballou
Librarian, UC Davis

Jullianne Ballou is a librarian at UC Davis who is the inaugural Warren Winiarski Fellow. She curates and manages the Wine Writers Collection and develops the food and beverage collections. Previously she stewarded literary collections at the Harry Ransom Center, was an editor of the Oxford American magazine, and copyedited books for The University of … Continued

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Matt Bean

Matt Bean
Editor in Chief, Sunset Magazine

Matt Bean is the Editor in Chief of Sunset Magazine and an entrepreneur advising start-ups and early-stage companies. He is the former editor-in-chief of Men’s Health. Formerly he was senior vice president of editorial innovation at Time Inc., where he led a group charged with extending the company’s award-winning content. Bean came to that role from Entertainment Weekly, where he was editor. … Continued

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Dan Berger

Dan Berger
Distinguished writer, wine columnist and reporter and speaker on wine. WWS Speaker 2007

Dan Berger began writing about wine in 1976 and today his column is syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate to newspapers around the world. He and his wife, Juliann Savage, also publish a weekly wine newsletter, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, available only by subscription. He contributes articles to Gourmet magazine, Wine Press Northwest, Decanter Magazine in … Continued

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Jon Bonné

Jon Bonné
Wine Editor, San Franciso Chronicle

Jon Bonné is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Editor, and author of The New California Wine (Ten Speed Press). He covers wine throughout Northern California and around the world, and is responsible for the paper’s wine and spirits coverage and the annual Top 100 Wines, as well as a regular column in Decanter magazine. Previously Bonné was lifestyle editor … Continued

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Virginie Boone

Virginie Boone
Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews and reports on the wines of Napa and Sonoma for the magazine. Sonoma-based Boone began her writing career in 1997 with Lonely Planet travel guidebooks, contributing to titles on South America, Northern California, France and America’s Deep South. Travel assignments led her … Continued

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Robert S. Boynton

Robert S. Boynton
Director, Literary Reportage Program at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

Robert Boynton is the Director of the Literary Reportage Program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is author of, The Invitation Only Zone, about North Korea’s Japanese abduction project, and The New New Journalism, a survey of contemporary nonfiction. He has written about culture and ideas for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, … Continued

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Kristin Braswell

Kristin Braswell
Writer and Entrepreneur

Kristin Braswell is a writer and entrepreneur committed to changing the world through travel. She has visited over 20 countries and created lasting memories with people and places that inspire her brand CrushGlobal. She has contributed pieces to Vogue, CNTraveler, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Architectural Digest, Essence, CNN, USA Today, and more. She encourages her clients and … Continued

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Stacy Briscoe

Stacy Briscoe
Senior Editor, Wine Enthusiast

Stacy Briscoe, DipWSET, is the Senior Editor of Wine Enthusiast. Previously, she was the Managing Editor of Wine Industry Network and was the Assistant Editor of Wine Business Monthly prior to that. She’s also written freelance for numerous notable publications including SevenFifty Daily, Sonoma Magazine, SF Chronicle, SommJournal, among many others. Stacy regularly speaks at … Continued

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Corie Brown

Corie Brown
Founder of ZesterDaily.com, a digital magazine with original content on food and wine. WWS Speaker 2011

Corie Brown is the founder of ZesterDaily.com, a digital magazine with original content on food and wine. She is the former Los Angeles Times food section’s wine writer, where she found her stories at the nexus of agriculture, money, consumer interest, evolving culture mores, personality, glamour and hard news. A serious journalist who had been a staff reporter … Continued

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Dominique Browning

Dominique Browning
Magazine/newspaper writer, editor. Author of 4 books under the House & Garden brand. WWS Speaker 2011

Dominique Browning is a writer, editor and consultant in the newspaper and magazine fields. She has worked with and written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, O, the Oprah magazine, Departures, Food &Wine, Travel & Leisure, Body + Soul, Wired and On Topic, among others. She writes a monthly column about environmental issues for … Continued

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Felicity Carter

Felicity Carter
Executive Editor, Pix

Felicity Carter is the Executive Editor at Pix, the wine discovery platform set to launch in Fall 2021. Previously she worked for Meininger Verlag, Europe’s biggest wine and spirits publisher, where she built Meininger’s Wine Business International into the world’s only global wine business magazine, with correspondents from 30 countries and subscribers in 38. Before … Continued

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Alison Clare Steingold

Alison Clare Steingold
Senior Editor, C Magazine

L.A.-based Alison Clare Steingold has written and edited for Santa Monica-based C Magazine since its 2005 launch and was named senior editor in 2010. She first launched a freelance career researching and reporting on restaurants and culinary trends, while her previous years in fine dining led to co-authoring a cookbook with chef Govind Armstrong (Clarkson … Continued

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Billy Collins

Billy Collins
U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003)

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon.  No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary … Continued

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Julia Coney

Julia Coney
Contributing Editor, VinePair

Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas-based wine writer, wine educator, speaker, and consultant. Her wine writing includes stories on wine, winemakers, and the intersection of race, wine, and language. She holds a WSET Level Two Certification in Wine and Spirits and is currently pursuing her Master Level Champagne Certification with the Wine … Continued

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Katherine Cowles

Katherine Cowles
Former publisher / vice president Simon & Schuster. Literary agent CowlesRyan. WWS Speaker 2011

Katherine Cowles has been involved in publishing her entire career. Her industry connections and relationships are wide and deep. For more than a decade she was at the center of New York publishing at Simon and Schuster and Doubleday. Her experience began with contracts and moved through fiction and non-fiction acquisitions, then marketing and advertising … Continued

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Jonathan Cristaldi

Jonathan Cristaldi
Wine Writer

Jonathan Cristaldi is an established wine writer with more than a decade of professional experience. His articles on wine, spirits, and beer appear in both local and national print and digital platforms, including Decanter, Food & Wine, Departures; The SOMM Journal; Tasting Panel Magazine; Liquor.com; Seven Fifty Daily; Los Angeles Magazine; LA Mag’s Liquid LA … Continued

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Joe Czerwinski

Joe Czerwinski
Managing Editor, Wine Enthusiast

Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski coordinates all aspects of digital and print production for Wine Enthusiast magazine as well as helping drive the creative direction of the dynamic online and print publications. Czerwinski has been a wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade and is a regular wine panelist, speaker and educator for events and organizations … Continued

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Anthony Dias Blue

Anthony Dias Blue
Recognized world-wide as a leading food, wine and travel expert. WWS Speaker 2007

Anthony Dias Blue is recognized world-wide as a leading food, wine and travel expert. Mr. Blue is a published author, columnist, TV and radio personality. His award-winning work is circulated to more than 50,000,000 consumers each month. Mr. Blue’s consumer-oriented food and wine critiques, The Lifestyle Minute, are broadcast several times daily on WCBS radio … Continued

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Erica Duecy

Erica Duecy
Chief Content Officer, Pix

Erica Duecy is an award-winning wine writer and editor. Currently, she is chief content officer of the wine-discovery platform Pix and its online magazine The Drop. Erica has run several publications as editor-in-chief, including VinePair and SevenFifty Daily, and has worked as digital editorial director for Architectural Digest and Saveur. Her editorial and video programs … Continued

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Jonathan Elliman

Jonathan Elliman
Founder of Cephrus.com, award-winning design and video production, Napa, CA. WWS Speaker 2010

Jonathan Elliman is the founder of Cephrus.com, which is an award-winning video production and design firm located in Napa, CA. Trained as an architect, Jonathan got addicted to photography early on which led to traveling the far reaches of the globe shooting documentaries for the national networks such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Fine Living … Continued

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Barbara Fairchild

Barbara Fairchild
Tastemaker, television and radio personality, event speaker, and food, wine, authority. WWS Speaker 2009

Barbara Fairchild is a prominent tastemaker and television and radio personality, event speaker, and food, wine, and travel authority, Barbara Fairchild has been editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit since 2000. Her career with the magazine spans 30 years, beginning as an editorial assistant, and working her way up to the top of the masthead. Barbara is the author of … Continued

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Roger Fawcett

Roger Fawcett
Whole Foods Market Wine Buyer

Roger Fawcett, Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Regional Wine Buyer, has over 14 years in the food and wine business. Roger oversees the wine program for 49 stores in Southern California, Arizona, Hawaii and Las Vegas. Roger has traveled internationally visiting vineyards and meeting winemakers whose wines he has introduced to Whole Foods Market. He … Continued

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Janet Fletcher

Janet Fletcher
Author of more than 20 books on food and wine, with three James Beard Awards. WWS Speaker 2012

Janet Fletcher is the author or co-author of more than 20 books on food and wine, including Cheese & Wine; The Cheese Course; and Fresh from the Farmers’ Market (all from Chronicle Books). She writes a weekly cheese column for the San Francisco Chronicle and is a former staff food writer whose journalism earned three James Beard Awards and the … Continued

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Ellen Fort

Ellen Fort
Editor, Eater SF

Ellen has been covering the Bay Area food scene since 2014, breaking news and reporting on the latest trends and restaurants. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone in St. Helena, Ellen is well-versed in the workings of restaurants and kitchens; she also spent several years working and living in Napa Valley, soaking … Continued

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Doug Frost

Doug Frost
Sommelier, Author, Educator

Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine.  He was the second person in history to complete both exams and almost two decades later he is still one … Continued

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Dorothy J. Gaiter

Dorothy J. Gaiter
Senior Editor, Grape Collective

Dorothy J. Gaiter is Senior Editor of Grape Collective, an online magazine for which she and her husband, John Brecher, coauthor a biweekly column. She has been studying and enjoying wine since 1973. After long careers as award-winning hard-news journalists, the couple conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal’s wine column, “Tastings,” from 1998 to … Continued

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Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb
Pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership WWS Speaker 2012

Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, and the author of 12 books. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Raytheon and YPO. He … Continued

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John Gillespie

John Gillespie
Founder, Wine Opinions

One of the most prominent wine marketers in the U.S., John Gillespie’s career spans more than thirty years, and is highlighted by his leadership of Wine Market Council and his direction for more than a decade of the council’s ongoing programs of consumer research, advertising, and public relations. At Wine Colleagues, he directs the Consumer … Continued

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Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi
Writer and broadcaster, and one of North America's most influential wine critics. WWS Speaker 2011

Anthony Gismondi is one of North America’s most influential wine critics. A writer and broadcaster, he is currently in his 14th year at Wine Access, Canada’s national wine magazine and seventh as editor-in-chief. He begins his 23rd year as the weekly wine columnist at the Vancouver Sun where his full-page weekend column is read by some 1,000,000 readers. … Continued

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Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon
Editor, Wines & Vines

JIM GORDON, Editor, Wines & Vines magazine since 2006, is responsible for the editorial content of the monthly trade magazine founded in 1919 and its related digital publications and conferences. He directs the editorial staff and assigns and edits articles on grape growing, wine making and wine marketing. He regularly researches and writes reports on … Continued

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Joshua Greene

Joshua Greene
Editor and publisher of Wine & Spirits magazine since 1986. WWS Speaker 2012

Editor and publisher of Wine & Spirits magazine since 1986, Joshua Greene began working in wine shops during college, later spending a summer as wine captain for Wheatleigh, a small inn in Lenox, Massachusetts. After graduating from Princeton University in 1981, Joshua pursued a career in magazines, starting in management of special interest publications. His involvement with Wine … Continued

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Steve Gross

Steve Gross
Vice President, State Relations, Wine Institute

Steve Gross is Vice President, State Relations at Wine Institute, where he has been employed since 1986.  Steve’s duties entail overseeing the activities of Wine Institute’s six State Relations Regional Counsels and Regional Managers as they address state legislation affecting the wine industry, as well as coordinating Wine Institute’s legislative and regulatory activities with staff, … Continued

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Jack Hart

Jack Hart
Author, writing coach and former managing editor at The Oregonian. WWS Speaker 2011

Jack Hart is an author, writing coach and former managing editor at The Oregonian, the Pacific Northwest’s largest daily newspaper. At The Oregonian he also worked as a reporter, arts and leisure editor, Sunday magazine editor, training editor, and editor at large. He has additional reporting experience at two other newspapers, holds a University of Wisconsin doctorate in … Continued

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Mary-Frances Heck

Mary-Frances Heck
Senior Food Editor, Food & Wine

Mary-Frances Heck is the Senior Food Editor of Food & Wine, where she oversees recipes for the magazine and edits stories about food and cooking. She is the author of Sweet Potatoes (Clarkson Potter 2017) and her writing and recipes have appeared in numerous cookbooks, Lucky Peach, Cooking Light, and The Wall St. Journal, among others.

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Eric Hervé

Eric Hervé
Enologist, ETS Laboratories

Eric Hervé received his PhD from the Faculté d’Oenologie of Bordeaux, France, where he completed a research program on the key flavor components of Armagnac and Cognac brandies. Dr. Hervé joined ETS in 1997 to conduct a cork research program. First, Eric developed an automated method to reliably measure trace amounts of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), down … Continued

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Maggie Hoffman

Maggie Hoffman
Senior Editor, Epicurious

Before arriving at Epicurious, Maggie Hoffman was the managing editor of Serious Eats and the founder of that site’s drink section. She’s the author of Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Drinks for Every Occasion and The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit, both published by Ten Speed Press. Her writing has appeared in … Continued

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Martha Holmberg

Martha Holmberg
Food editor, writer, and consultant to self-publishing authors. WWS Speaker 2012

Martha Holmberg is a food editor, writer, and consultant to self-publishing authors. She is also the editorial director of Watershed Communications, a brand strategy firm that works with artisan food and drink companies. She is the former food editor of The Oregonian newspaper, the founder and editor of MIX magazine, and was the editor-in-chief of Fine Cooking magazine for 11 years. … Continued

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Baxter Holmes

Baxter Holmes
Senior Writer, ESPN

Baxter Holmes is a Senior Writer for ESPN who focuses on in-depth projects, features and investigations around the NBA. He’s worked as a reporter for ESPN for six years, the first three of which were spent covering the Los Angeles Lakers, including Kobe Bryant’s final two seasons. Baxter is the only sports media person to … Continued

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Jack Irby

Jack Irby
Co-founder and managing partner of Hang Time Press. WWS Speaker 2012

Jack Irby is the co-founder and managing partner of Hang Time Press, a new-media publishing company. A former technology executive, Jack was the chief technology officer for several Bay Area-based companies including Winebid.com, Colt HR and Benelicious, which received the prestigious “Most Innovative Application” award by Salesforce.com. He is an avid wine and technology enthusiast … Continued

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Dianne Jacob

Dianne Jacob
Writing Coach, Author, Freelance Editor

Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne Jacob became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996. She coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs. Authors she has coached have signed with major publishers including Chronicle Books; Little, Brown; Ten … Continued

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Kaethy Kennedy

Kaethy Kennedy
Video Producer

Kaethy Kennedy comes from the movie marketing industry in Hollywood. For over twenty years, she helped create trailers and TV spots for some of the biggest films on the silver screen, and ran her own successful ad agency. Looking for a change, and wanting to pursue her passion for wine, she enrolled in the 2011 … Continued

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Louise Kiernan

Louise Kiernan
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism

Louise Kiernan, an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, was formerly a writing coach, editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Louse was the lead writer on “Gateway to Gridlock,” a report on the American air-traffic system, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. After joining the Tribune as an intern in … Continued

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Todd Kliman

Todd Kliman
Author and critic

Todd Kliman is a novelist, essayist, critic, and teacher. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Oxford American, The Daily Beast and Lucky Peach. He is the recipient of two James Beard Awards, most recently the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for his autobiography in seven meals, and his stories and essays have been widely … Continued

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Chris Knutsen

Chris Knutsen
Executive Editor, WSJ. Magazine

Chris Knutsen is the Executive Editor of WSJ, where he oversees a range of cultural and lifestyle coverage. Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal, he spent six years at Vogue as features editor. He has also worked at GQ, Radar, Riverhead Books and The New Yorker. Knutsen is the co-editor of two literary anthologies, Brooklyn Was Mine and Committed: Men Tell Stories of Love, … Continued

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Christopher Kostow

Christopher Kostow
Michelin-starred chef at The Restaurant at Meadowood. WWS Speaker 2011

A Michelin-starred chef before the age of 30, Christopher Kostow is the chef at The Restaurant at Meadowood. He takes a thoughtful approach to food, blending contemporary French cuisine with the farm-to-table tradition. The Chicago native earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy before entering the world of fine dining. Since arriving at Meadowood in February 2008, … Continued

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Alan Kropf

Alan Kropf
Publisher and Editor, Mutineer Magazine

Mutineer Magazine publisher and editor Alan Kropf is a leader among young beverage professionals. Before founding Wine Mutineer LLC and Mutineer Magazine in 2008, Kropf contributed wine articles to magazines including Sante, The Tasting Panel, and SommSelections, and he currently contributes beverage content to newspapers and online publications. Kropf has authored over 500 blog articles and is currently nearing completion … Continued

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Jess Lander

Jess Lander
Author, The Essential Napa Valley Cookbook

Jess is a freelance wine, booze, food, and travel writer based in Napa Valley. She’s a regular contributor for Decanter, SevenFiftyDaily, October Magazine, 7×7, Eater SF, Sonoma Magazine, Napa Sonoma Magazine, and the Napa Valley Register. Her work has appeared in many other publications, including VinePair, Wine Enthusiast, AFAR, Lonely Planet, and the SF Chronicle.

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Tony Lawrence

Tony Lawrence
Wine and food pairing specialist, sommelier, educator/lecturer and writer. WWS Speaker 2012

Tony “Winechef” Lawrence is a trusted wine and food pairing specialist. As a talented chef, sommelier, international wine and food judge, educator/lecturer and writer, he designs wine pairing programs for the global wine trade, associations, groups, college culinary/wine programs and wine festivals. His company, A Chef For You, LLC, focuses on wine and food as … Continued

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Ted Loos

Ted Loos
Freelancer on Wine, Art and Design

Ted Loos is a New York–based freelance journalist who is constitutionally incapable of covering just one topic. A former features editor of Wine Spectator, Loos has written about wine extensively for Bon Appetit, Decanter, Town & Country, and Departures, and wrote the Tasting Notes column for Epicurious.com for two years. When he wears his other … Continued

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Will Lyons

Will Lyons
Wine Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Will Lyons writes a weekly wine column for The Wall Street Journal. His humorous, informed, down-to-earth writing has been recognized in both the Glenfiddich and Roederer Wine Writing Awards. He began his career in London, as a wine merchant in St. James’s for Justerini & Brooks where he developed a love for the classic wines of Europe. He has written for a variety of … Continued

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Jordan Mackay

Jordan Mackay
Author / Journalist

Jordan Mackay is a James-Beard-award-winning writer on wine, spirits and food. His work has appeared in Food & Wine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Art of Eating, Wine and Spirits, and many others. His first book, Passion for Pinot, was published in 2009, and his second, Secrets of the … Continued

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Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean
Named the World's Best Drink Writer at the World Food Media Awards. WWS Speaker 2011

Natalie MacLean, named the World’s Best Drink Writer at the World Food Media Awards, publishes a free newsletter that reaches more than 123,000 wine lovers at www.nataliemaclean.com. She has won both the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation and the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing from Les Dames d’Escoffier … Continued

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Avis Mandel

Avis Mandel
Experienced professional life-style, advertising and corporate photographer. WWS Speaker 2010

An experienced professional life-style, advertising and corporate photographer, Avis Mandel enjoyed a successful career in Minneapolis and Chicago prior to the family’s move to Napa Valley. The transition has elevated her artistic style from “corporate” Midwest to the romantic, vibrant life expression that permeates wine artwork. She includes large and small wineries around the world … Continued

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Wanda Mann

Wanda Mann
East Coast Editor, The SOMM Journal

Native New Yorker Wanda Mann began writing about wine in 2008. She is the founder of the website Wine With Wanda and has worked as a freelancer for various publications. She regularly hosts informative, and often humorous, Instagram Live interviews with winemakers and other industry professionals. The daughter of a professional chef, Wanda has always … Continued

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Meridith May

Meridith May
Owner, The SOMM Journal; Co-founder, The Tasting Panel and The Clever Root

Meridith May is the owner of The SOMM Journal and the co-founder of THE TASTING PANEL Magazine and The CLEVER ROOT magazines. She is responsible for the publications’ branding and content.  She has successfully increased each national magazine’s circulation and readership to reach over 65,000 bi-monthly for SOMM Journal and over 90,000 hospitality industry professionals … Continued

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Tilar J. Mazzeo

Tilar J. Mazzeo
Author, Educator

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the New York Times bestselling author of books that include The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It, The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate Story of the World’s Most Famous Perfume, and The Hotel On The Place Vendôme: Life, Death, And Betrayal … Continued

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Dave McIntyre

Dave McIntyre
Wine Columnist, The Washington Post

Dave McIntyre has written the weekly wine column for The Washington Post’s James Beard Award-winning Food section since October 2008. His column is widely syndicated and often appears in newspapers across the country. His writings have also appeared in Wine Enthusiast, the San Francisco Chronicle, Washingtonian and other publications. He created his blog, Dave McIntyre’s … Continued

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Christian Miller

Christian Miller
Wine consultant, negoçiant, and marketing expert. WWS Speaker 2010

Christian Miller has worked in the wine industry since 1983, primarily in marketing. His industry experience includes restaurant and retail wine sales, work as a consultant and negoçiant, marketing management and market research. He is currently proprietor of Full Glass Research and a founder of WineOpinions.com, where he is responsible for research design and development. … Continued

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Jen Murphy

Jen Murphy
Deputy Editor, Afar Magazine

Jen Murphy is the deputy editor of Afar magazine, a three-year-old travel magazine based in San Francisco. As deputy editor, Jen assigns and edits feature stories, essays, columns, and also produces special sections and packages. She is a recent California transplant and loves being able to live the lifestyle she once wrote about during her eights years … Continued

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Cyril Penn

Cyril Penn
Editor, Wine Business Monthly

Cyril Penn is editor in chief of Wine Business Monthly and winebusiness.com, part of Wine Communications Group, the leading supplier of information to the wine industry.  Penn has been with WBM since 2000. His work on the wine business has appeared in a number of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, where he contributed the … Continued

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Madeline Puckette

Madeline Puckette
Creator, Wine Folly

Madeline Puckette is the creator of Wine Folly. Wine Folly is an award-winning brand dedicated to wine education for all. Puckette’s work with Wine Folly includes two books, a New York Times bestseller and a James Beard Award winner, as well as a portfolio of online courses, maps, prints, and wine education tools. She was awarded … Continued

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Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl
Food Writer, Eater, Cook

Ruth Reichl is the author of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, a cookbook published in September 2015.  She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009. Before that she was the restaurant critic of both The New York Times (1993-1999) and the Los Angeles Times (1984-1993), where she was also named food editor. As co-owner of The … Continued

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Charles Reidelbach

Charles Reidelbach
Intellectual property expert in the wine, food and culinary arts industry. WWS Speaker 2007

Charles Reidelback Jr., a partner and chair of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack’s Intellectual Property Group, represents clients in the wine, food and culinary arts industry having a wide spectrum of intellectual property-related legal needs, involving trademarks, trade dress, unfair competiting, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, electronic commerce, rights of publicity and entertainment law. An avid cook … Continued

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Pavia Rosati

Pavia Rosati
Founder and CEO, Fathom

Pavia Rosati is the founder and CEO of Fathom, the award-winning travel website that guides passionate travelers to the places they’ll be dreaming about long after they’ve come home. Fathom mixes curated guides and personal stories with the best resources and products, and plans custom trips for readers. Companies like Vox Media, American Express, Qantas Airlines, … Continued

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David Rosengarten

David Rosengarten
Wine Editor, Saveur Magazine

Journalist, television personality, and cookbook author, David Rosengarten has covered great food products, restaurants, wines, gastronomic travel destinations, and related subjects for over 25 years. Currently the wine editor of Saveur magazine, he has written hundreds of articles and contributed hundreds of original recipes to other publications such as Gourmet (where he was restaurant critic from 1996 to 2000), The … Continued

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Steven Rothfeld

Steven Rothfeld
Photographer, Author

Steven Rothfeld earned degrees in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and Photography from Art Center College of Design before beginning his adventures as a travel photographer with an emphasis on the culinary world. He has traveled to over 40 countries and has photographed books by Michael Chiarello, Frances + Edward Mayes, Marcel Marceau, Wolfgang Puck, … Continued

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Tracey Ryder

Tracey Ryder
Co-Founder, Edible Communities, Inc.

Tracey Ryder co-founded Edible Communities, Inc., the nation’s largest publishing company dedicated to the local foods movement, in 2002, with her partner, Carole Topalian. The company currently publishes 95 titles across North America. Ms. Ryder has worked as a journalist, marketer and graphic designer for the culinary, tourism and agriculture industries for nearly 30 years. … Continued

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Stephen Satterfield

Stephen Satterfield
Co-Founder, Whetstone Media

Stephen Satterfield is a publisher, public speaker, writer, event and multimedia producer. He is the founder of Whetstone, a groundbreaking magazine and media company dedicated to the story of food.  Since 2007, he has spent his career using food and wine as means of organizing, activating and eduating. Before his career in media, Satterfield was … Continued

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Sara Schneider

Sara Schneider
Wine Editor, Sunset magazine

Sara Schneider is Sunset magazine’s first wine editor, responsible for tasting panels, food-and-wine pairing, wine-related food and travel coverage, Sunset’s International Wine Competition, and the magazine’s wine club. With a B.A. and an M.A. in English, Sara taught high-school English for 10 years before a love of cooking drew her to San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, where her wine … Continued

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Bruce Schoenfeld

Bruce Schoenfeld
Wine and spirits editor of Travel & Leisure. WWS Speaker 2011

Bruce Schoenfeld is the wine and spirits editor of Travel & Leisure and writes frequently for the magazine on wine and other topics. He’s a former contributing editor for Wine Spectator, and his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Gourmet, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and many other national and international publications. His books include The Last Serious Thing: … Continued

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Alexandra Schrecengost

Alexandra Schrecengost
Founder, Virtual With Us

2021 Wine Enthusiast 40 under 40 Tastemaker, Alexandra Schrecengost founded Virtual With Us in 2020 following Culture With Us in 2021 – and serves as the CEO. The organizations & missions are to support global corporations with distributed workforces through cultural programming, D & I initiatives and food and beverage entertainment to better improve human … Continued

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James Sligh

James Sligh
Sommelier and Wine Educator

James Sligh is a sommelier and educator in Brooklyn. With Jirka Jireh, he helped create Industry Sessions, a natural wine study for BIPOC beverage professionals. His personal project, the Children’s Atlas of Wine, maps underrated regions, overlooked grape varieties, and the people who grow them.

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Jacy Topps

Jacy Topps
Print Assistant Editor, Wine Enthusiast

Jacy Topps is the print assistant editor at Wine Enthusiast. Prior to joining the team, Jacy was a freelance journalist for nearly a decade, covering wine, food, travel, health, race, and equality. You can find her byline in major publications including Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Slate, Vice, and Cosmopolitan. Jacy is passionate about wine sustainability, storytelling, … Continued

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Mike Veseth

Mike Veseth
Editor, The Wine Economist

Mike Veseth is professor emeritus of  International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He is an authority on globalization and the global wine market. Mike was named Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of … Continued

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Sue Veseth

Sue Veseth
Contributing Editor, The Wine Economist

Sue Veseth, contributing editor of The Wine Economist (wineeconomist.com), has more than 35 years of corporate communications experience. She has expertise in communications strategy development and implementation, writing, copy editing, media relations, and project management. She regularly won industry awards for both customer and employee publications and communications projects. Since retiring from the corporate world, … Continued

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Stephen Wallis

Stephen Wallis
Deputy Editor of Departures, the lifestyle magazine published by American Express. WWS Speaker 2010

Stephen Wallis is the deputy Editor of Departures, the lifestyle magazine published by American Express. In addition to overseeing most of the cultural content in Departures, he edits and writes stories on travel, food, wine, and luxury goods. Prior to joining the magazine in 2005, he worked for nearly a decade as an editor at art publications, … Continued

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Aaron Wehner

Aaron Wehner
Publisher of Ten Speed Press, a California-based imprint of Crown/Random House. WWS Speaker 2012

Aaron Wehner is vice president and publisher of Ten Speed Press, a Berkeley, California-based imprint of Crown/Random House. During his 15-year tenure at Ten Speed, Aaron has worked with most of the house’s top authors, including Grant Achatz, Mollie Katzen, David Lebovitz, Peter Reinhart, Heidi Swanson, Rajat Parr, and Charlie Trotter. His acquisitions range across … Continued

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David White

David White
Founder, Terroirist.com

David White, a wine writer in Washington D.C., is the founder and editor of Terroirist.com. The author of a nationally syndicated wine column that’s hosted by Palate Press, David’s wine writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. … Continued

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Amy Wislocki

Amy Wislocki
Magazine Editor, Decanter

Amy Wislocki joined Decanter in October 2000 as magazine editor, aged 28, and has spent the past two decades happily immersed in the world of wine and wine magazine publishing. Her remit also includes commissioning and writing copy for Decanter’s online channels, Decanter.com and Decanter Premium (paywall site), as part of a team of regional … Continued

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Molly Wizenberg

Molly Wizenberg
Writes the monthly column "Cooking Life" in Bon Appetit, magazine. WWS Speaker 2010

Molly Wizenberg writes the monthly column “Cooking Life” in Bon Appetit, magazine, and her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller. She is the voice behind Orangette (www.orangette.net), named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her work has also been published in Town and Country and on NPR.org, … Continued

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Guy Woodward

Guy Woodward
Editor of London-based Decanter magazine. WWS Speaker 2012

Guy Woodward is the editor of London-based Decanter magazine, where he has worked for nine years. He joined the magazine from a journalistic background, notably in business-to-business journalism, and also as a sub-editor on national newspapers. During his time at Decanter, the magazine has expanded to encompass overseas editions, education and the world’s biggest global wine competition, … Continued

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Alder Yarrow

Alder Yarrow
Publisher Vinography.com, Author

San Francisco Magazine has called Alder Yarrow “The Wine World’s Brightest Cyberstar” and he is widely accepted as a pioneer of wine blogging. He has been publishing Vinography.com daily since 2004 and was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2013. In addition to writing for outlets as diverse as the World of Fine Wine and Fine Cooking Magazine, he is … Continued

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