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ABOUT US

The process of choosing wine can be tortuous. The multitude of options can turn a simple decision into rush of anxiety. But it can also be joyful, serendipitous and charged with the thrill of discovering something new and interesting.

I started Grape Collective because it is a site that I, as a wine consumer, wanted to exist. As a casual wine drinker trying to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of wines, I found the sources of information limiting. The traditional wine media did not speak to me; I felt they were in direct dialogue with people with fancy cellars. Beyond that, the experience of reading about and then trying to procure wines became maddeningly frustrating. More often than not, I would seek out the wines I had just read about in a wine column, only to find that they were unavailable.

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How should one go about choosing a wine?  We believe that wine does not lend itself to the absolutes of 100-point grading system. Instead, we’re guided by a more diverse orchestra of voices, those of people who have taken the time to develop their own unique sensibilities and are skilled in communicating their experiences.  Our purpose is to provide a platform for writers and wine industry personalities to share their own journeys of exploration. To tell stories about delicious wines, the people who make them, where they came from and how they may evolve. We are writing for casual wine drinkers, wine novices dissatisfied by traditional media and even wine connoisseurs, seeking a fresh perspective.

Telling the stories behind the bottles is at the core of Grape Collective’s mission, but we also want to bridge the gap between reading about a wine and drinking it. We’re ending the wild goose chases: You can buy the wines we write about right here on our site.

Yes, this will be a for profit undertaking -- mixing journalism with commerce. Writers are given the latitude to write about the wines they enjoy, subject only to the following restriction: the wines covered need to be available for purchase by Grape Collective from a wholesaler.

Our firm belief is that a good wine becomes better the more you know about it. So we will cover as wide a swath as possible, from obscure, eclectic subjects such as Californian Ribolla, to the more tried-and-true offerings, like Brunello. We will offer a platform for emerging talent within the wine world, with innovative tools and experimental approaches to telling their stories.

We look forward to learning and drinking with you.

 Christopher Barnes, Publisher 

P.S. Eric Asimov said it perfectly in his NY Times column: "Good wines have stories to tell, but sadly, they are at a loss for words. As articulate as a fine wine may be, it is left to humans to supply the translation."

 Grape Contributors 

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  • Christopher Barnes

    Christopher Barnes Editor and Publisher

    A frustrated wine drinker who couldn't figure out where to buy all the great wines written about in his favorite wine columns. Prior to Grape Collective Christopher served as President of The New York Observer Media Group where he oversaw the launch of multiple successful print and digital media properties. In addition, he was a co-founder and Publisher of amNewYork newspaper. His start-up experience also includes Boston Metro and co-founding The London Monthly Magazine.

  • Nick Fauchald

    Nick Fauchald Editorial Director

    Nick Fauchald is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and publisher of print and digital products. He's been an editor at Food & Wine, Wine Spectator and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazines. From 2008 to 2011, he was the editor in chief of TastingTable.com.

    In 2012, Nick created All Day Press, a publishing company that bridges traditional and new media by consulting on and creating print and digital products. His clients include the New York Times, Gilt Taste, Tennis Magazine and La... Read More

  • Dorothy J. Gaiter

    Dorothy J. Gaiter Senior Editor

    Dorothy J. Gaiter conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal's wine column, "Tastings," from 1998 to 2010 with her husband, John Brecher. She has been tasting and studying wine since 1973. She has had a distinguished career in journalism as a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at The Miami Herald and The New York Times as well as at The Journal. Dottie and John are well-known from their many television appearances, especially on Martha Stewart's show, and as the... Read More

  • Michael Woodsmall

    Michael Woodsmall Contributing Editor

    Michael Woodsmall is a Tokyo-born, Kansas-raised writer and editor based out of Santa Monica, California. Cutting his teeth through consulting on a number of editorial startups and a handful of apps, he previously served as Managing Editor of The New York Observer and Co-Creator of men's lifestyle site Supercompressor. He is now a Contributing Editor to The Inertia, a digital surf publication. His interest in wine culture found legs with a two week trip to Argentina where he visited bodegas... Read More

  • Barbara Fairchild

    Barbara Fairchild Travel and Restaurant Editor

    With more than three decades at Bon Appetit Magazine—including over ten years as editor-in-chief—Barbara Fairchild is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of food, restaurants, and travel. These days she is enjoying a second career as a freelance writer, editor, public speaker, radio personality, and journalism professor. She has appeared on numerous television programs, including the "Today" show; Food Network's "Iron Chef America;" and "Hell's Kitchen"... Read More

  • Josh Zimmerman

    Josh Zimmerman  

    Classically trained chef-turned-oenophile, Josh is a Wine and Food Writer based in Brooklyn. A sturdy advocate of wine/spirits education, and fed up with the term 'wine snob', he pushes to report in favor of craftsmanship, history and downright substance in craft beverage rather than just their price tag or 'point' accumulation.

    Has a soft spot for German beers and especially German Riesling.

  • Lisa Denning

    Lisa Denning  

    Lisa’s love of food and wine has led her on the path to many culinary adventures. Leaving her position in advertising at The New York Times to attend the French Culinary Institute was the first step in this journey. After years in food styling, recipe development, catering and restaurant work, she landed in the world of wine. Studying at the Sommelier Society of America then led her to four years selling wine and spirits at the venerable Sherry-Lehmann. Most recently Lisa started writing... Read More

Contributing writers

  • Alia Akkam

    Alia Akkam  

    Alia Akkam is fascinated by the intersection of food, spirits & wine, travel, design, and culture, all of which she writes about from her home of New York City. She is the editor of Edible Queens magazine, a frequent contributor to Paper and Liquor.com, and has written for outlets from the Paris Review Daily and Departures.com to Organic Spa magazine and in-flight publications.

  • Amanda Barnes

    Amanda Barnes  

    Amanda Barnes is a British wine journalist who has been eating, drinking and rolling her Rs around South America's wine regions for the last five years. With WSET3 under her belt and a diploma on its way, she is a happy hostage in the world of wine writing freelance for wine and travel publications in both hemispheres. Amanda has tried over 500 Malbecs, eaten over 600 Chilean oysters and still has a functioning liver and kidneys (as far as she knows). You can follow her twitter @amanda_tweeter.

  • Katie Kelly Bell

    Katie Kelly Bell  

    Katie has been writing about food, wine and travel for over 10 years. Her experiences have taken her from the vineyards of Argentina to the press houses of Champagne. In between she has co-authored a travel guide to Ireland, The Everything Guide to Ireland (Adams Media), written a city guide for Atlanta (Northstar Media) and worked as a Senior Editor at The Wine Report.

  • Amy Bess Cook

    Amy Bess Cook  

    Amy Bess Cook has long explored themes of home and a sense of place. She has written and edited for the book publishing and luxury travel industries, leaving her mark on everything from travel guides to children’s manuscripts to gardening books. ​Now fully immersed in the wine business, she helps operate Tin Barn Vineyards in Sonoma. Her primary home is a 35-foot trailer overlooking a vineyard​ and small hobbyists' airport. Amy divides her time between California and her native North Carolina.

  • Kristen Bieler

    Kristen Bieler  

    Kristen Bieler has been writing about wine, spirits and food for 15 years. Her work has appeared in a variety of consumer and trade publications. She was the editor of Food & Wine’s annual Wine Guide for seven years. For the past 12 years she has served as senior editor at the Beverage Media Publications, a network of publications for the wine and spirits trade.

  • Joe Campanale

    Joe Campanale  

    Joe Campanale has been on several 30 Under 30 lists including Forbes, Restaurant Hospitality and Zagat, and most recently named as one of the Top Sommeliers of 2013 by Food & Wine. Joe hosts “In the Drink” on Heritage Radio Network, his weekly radio program discussing all things beverage. He grew up in Queens, NY, but now lives in the West Village, and is a marathon runner.

  • Christy Canterbury MW

    Christy Canterbury MW  

    A Master of Wine, journalist, speaker, judge and educator who lives between Manhattan and the vineyards of the world, primarily those of Europe. Follow her at @canterburywine.

  • Elaine Chukan Brown

    Elaine Chukan Brown  

    Blessed with travel, and a wealth of in-depth time with wine producers and food specialists, Elaine Chukan Brown uses WakawakaWineReviews.com to share more of the story. Her writing on wine, food, and travel also appears in Wine and Spirits, World of Fine Wine, Men’s Health, San Francisco Magazine, and Serious Eats. As a featured guest, she has spoken about wine around the country including the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program, the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) Grand... Read More

  • Jim Clarke

    Jim Clarke  

    Jim Clarke is a wine and beer writer and sommelier based in New York City; most recently he was the wine director of Armani Ristorante. He writes for a number of trade and consumer magazines including the World of Fine Wine, Sommelier Journal, and Wine Enthusiast. Jim spends his spare time trying to keep his ’78 Triumph Spitfire on the road.

  • Katherine Cole

    Katherine Cole  

    Katherine Cole is the author of the innovative new wine guide, Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time. Her first book, Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winemakers, was a Louis Roederer Award finalist. Katherine has been wine columnist at The Oregonian newspaper since 2002 and is author of Oregon Wine, the App for iPhone, iPad and Android. In addition, Katherine writes for national and international publications such as Wine Spectator and The World of... Read More

  • Richard Duval

    Richard Duval  

    Photographer, writer, musician, Richard Duval travels the Northwest capturing its unique blend of wine, scenic and landscape images. His photographs can be found on note cards, galleries, and bookstores as well as in various art fairs and shows, and several stock sites. He lives near Mill Creek, WA, with Leslee, who creates and produces the personal note card lines, and Brunello, the wine dog

  • Peter Feld

    Peter Feld  

    Peter Feld is a writer with Grape Collective and an editorial strategy consultant. He was editor in chief of Scooter, the New York Observer's parenting magazine, and his writing on everything from dining to politics has appeared in publications such as Gawker, Radar, Conde Nast Portfolio, Ad Age and Gourmet Live. Earlier he was a political pollster, a market research executive at Conde Nast, web editor of their parenting magazine Cookie. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley... Read More

  • Jameson Fink

    Jameson Fink  

    Jameson Fink has been working in the wine industry and blogging about wine since 2004. Saveur Magazine nominated his site, jamesonfink.com, for a 2013 Best Food Blog Award in the Wine/Beer Category. He is a tireless advocate for year-round rosé consumption and enjoys a glass of Champagne alongside a bowl of popcorn.

  • Anthony Giglio

    Anthony Giglio  

    Anthony Giglio is a writer, educator and raconteur who motivates countless wine drinkers to trust their own tastes and relax the rules. Giglio has written ten books, including three editions Food & Wine’s annual Wine Guide review of 1,000-plus wines. Giglio is currently a wine reporter for CBS News Radio, as well as the wine columnist for La Cucina Italiana. He has written for numerous publications, including Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, New York, Esquire, Details, The New York... Read More

  • Alan Goldfarb

    Alan Goldfarb  

    Alan Goldfarb has been a wine journalist for more than 25 years. He was the wine editor at the St. Helena Star where covering wine in Napa Valley was akin to covering Catholicism at the Vatican. He was the senior editor of AppellationAmerica.com; and his work has appeared in the Wine Enthusiast, Decanter and the San Jose Mercury News. He also has a winery media relations consultancy.

  • Kristine Hansen

    Kristine Hansen  

    Kristine Hansen reviews wines for the weekly “Wine Notes” column on Milwaukee Magazine’s web site. For Wine Enthusiast, American Way (American Airlines’ inflight) and Fodors.com she regularly cover wine, cocktail and culinary-travel trends.

  • Nickolaus Hines

    Nickolaus Hines New York

    Nickolaus Hines is from Lompoc, Calif. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., in 2015, and moved to New York shortly after to chase a writing career. Follow him on Twitter @nickolaushines, where he tweets about wine, food and culture.

  • John Hopkins

    John Hopkins  

    From 1993 to 2010, Hopkins was The London Times’s golf correspondent writing for the newspaper and, latterly, for its internet version where his on line writing resulted in his being named “Sports Internet Reporter 2008” by the Sports Journalists’ Association. He is also the recipient of the 2013 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism.
    Hopkins has covered nearly 140 major championships, 18 Ryder Cups, 12 Walker Cups, and 10 Solheim and Curtis Cup competitions. Since his retirement... Read More

  • Yossie Horwitz

    Yossie Horwitz  

    Yossie Horwitz has been tasting, drinking and learning about wine for over 20 years and has been writing a weekly newsletter – Yossie’s Wine Recommendations – on kosher wines, wineries and other wine-related topics for nearly seven years. You can follow Yossie on Twitter @yossieuncorked for daily wine recommendations and tips as well as other oenophilic tidbits.

  • Courtney Humiston

    Courtney Humiston  

    Courtney Humiston is a professional writer who moved from New York City to Napa Valley in 2010 to nurture a burgeoning passion for wine. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and a Certified Sommelier, she has spent time in vineyards and wineries and cellars around the world. She contributes regularly for Decanter.com and her work has appeared in The World of Fine Wine, The San Francisco Chronicle and La Cucina Italiana among others.

  • Lucia Albino Gilbert John C. (Jack) Gilbert

    Lucia Albino Gilbert John C. (Jack) Gilbert  

    Lucia Albino Gilbert, PhD, and John C. (Jack) Gilbert, PhD, both professors, have had long and distinguished careers at The University of Texas at Austin and Santa Clara University and are widely published in their fields. Their research on facilitating women’s career success in male-dominated scientific fields such as winemaking combines Lucia’s academic field of Psychology and John’s academic field of Organic Chemistry.

  • Emily Kate

    Emily Kate  

    Emily Kate is Intermediate and Advanced Level Certified with Honors from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, International Wine Center in New York City. She gained experience as a harvest intern and cellarhand in wineries in the United States and Australia. She is currently exploring the retail side of the industry in New York City at Gotham Wines. She also studied History at Columbia University and graduated in the Summer of 2014, completing her degree in only three years. She plans to... Read More

  • Fredric Koeppel

    Fredric Koeppel  

    Fredric Koeppel was born, of course, and went to school in several places, as most people do, and after teaching English in various universities and colleges for 17 years became a journalist and wrote a weekly national print column about wine for 20 years before leaping onto the Internet. KoeppelonWine was launched in December 2004 (and has since been dismantled, so don’t go there) and the blog BiggerThanYourHead two years later and still going strong.

  • Alexandra Kuderski

    Alexandra Kuderski Lyon

    Alexandra Kuderski has been fascinated with wine, ever since a fossilized mesosaur unexpectedly emerged from the glass of her favorite beverage. This incident has led her to work in a wine shop in Paris, harvest grapes in Beaujolais, serve wine in fancy restaurants and judge fermented grape juice at competitions. Alexandra is also a freelance journalist, photographer and translator. Her work on wine, spirits and food has appeared in Munchies VICE, VinePair and Wine Folly. She currently lives... Read More

  • Edward Lewine

    Edward Lewine  

    Edward Lewine is a journalist, book author and wine importer in Brooklyn, NY. For more than 15 years he has contributed to The New York Times, where he currently has a column, Workspace, in the Sunday Business section. Lewine has written two nonfiction books and his writing has appeared everywhere from Details to Fast Company. For the past two years he has been importing wine, olive oil and cheese from Spain.

  • Ethan Millspaugh

    Ethan Millspaugh  

    Ethan Millspaugh is a writer, filmmaker, and artist from Dallas, Texas. In 2012, his art book #UNTITLED2012 was published by MoMA artist Edgar Endress and the Provisions Library in Washington, D.C., and - in 2013 - his first short film NOVEMBER premiered at The Johns Hopkins Film Festival in Baltimore, Maryland and online at NoBudge.com and appeared at film festivals across North America. He has written articles for NoBudge Films, BlindSpecs, and MoniTourism. His most recent artwork... Read More

  • Tim Moriarty

    Tim Moriarty  

    Timothy Moriarty is a freelance writer, specializing in wine, spirits and chocolate. He is the former managing editor of Wine Enthusiast and features editor of Chocolatier and Pastry Art & Design magazines. He is the co-author of the Wine Enthusiast Wine and Food Pairings Cookbook, Chocolate Passion and the Grand Finales series of pastry books. His most recent novel is The Geezer Elite.

  • Mary Orlin

    Mary Orlin  

    Mary Orlin is the WineFashionista, writing about wine, food and perfume. She is the James Beard Award and Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer of Orlin Media, where she is a multimedia wine TV and video producer and writer, telling stories behind the label. Mary is currently a producer on the new CBS TV Show Kristy Downing Rocks Local Food. She is a featured wine and perfume blogger on The Huffington Post and contributes to Edible Silicon Valley, where her regular column “Behind the... Read More

  • Stuart Pigott

    Stuart Pigott  

    Stuart Pigott is a British wine journalist living in Berlin. He has published a number of other wine books, including Touring in Wine Country, the Wine Atlas of Germany, Planet Wine, and Life Beyond Liebfraumilch.

  • David Rogers

    David Rogers  

    David is a British expatriate in Hong Kong. Educated as an engineer but ending up in the financial industry, his 20-year love affair with wine led him to travel the WSET road and, having spotted a lack of quality, impartial and commercial-free wine writing in his chaotic city, started his own blog, The 23rd Parallel, at the end of 2015. A lover of all things vinous from New Zealand (which helps seeing as he’s married to a Wellingtonian), as well as good Pinot Noir and Riesling, he can also be... Read More

  • Marco Salerno

    Marco Salerno Grape Collective

    Marco grew up watching his father make wine and visiting his grandfather’s farm in Sicily. He has taken Jason Wilson’s course “The Geography of Wine” at Drexel University and is currently a Master of Public Health candidate at Columbia University. Before joining the Grape Collective, he worked at a community-based organization called CATA in New Jersey.

  • Emily Spillmann

    Emily Spillmann  

    Born and raised in Kentucky bourbon country, Emily Spillmann moved to France for love of a different barrel-aged drink (and a man with an alluring accent). She studied literature and French in college, and in 2013 she earned a master’s degree in international wine commerce. Emily specializes in anti-marketing and exports in Burgundy and her preferred form of expression remains the written word. Follow her on Twitter <a... Read More

  • Megan J. Stocker Headley

    Megan J. Stocker Headley  

    Megan Stocker Headley ate and drank her way through the food and wine worlds of New York, San Francisco, and Florence, Italy before being lured by the slower-paced charms of Charlottesville, Virginia, where she worked as an accidental restaurateur (twice), the food and wine editor for an alternative weekly, a local editor for Zagat, and an easy target for bees during harvest. Now she's back in Brooklyn, but this time with her insatiable daughter pulling up a chair too.

  • Marc Supsic

    Marc Supsic  

    Marc Supsic used to play guitar in a heavy metal band and drink cheap beer. But after his first sip of wine, he began to exhibit strange, adventurous behaviors, like wanting to try Foie Gras and visit the vineyards of Europe. He blacked out for about ten years, and when he came to, he had a wine Diploma from the WSET and was lost in Southwestern France drinking something called, “Cot.”

    Wine has a way of changing your life like that. In fact, he made a video about it here. Wine... Read More

  • Zachary Sussman

    Zachary Sussman  

    Zachary Sussman is a Brooklyn-based wine writer and consultant. He is the New York City wine columnist for PUNCH, and his writing appears in The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Wine & Spirits, Bon Appétit, and Wine-Searcher.com, among many other publications. While not typing or sipping, he works in the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he received his MFA.

  • Monty Waldin

    Monty Waldin  

    Monty Waldin was the first wine writer to specialize in green issues. He is the author of multiple books, including The Organic Wine Guide (Thorsons, 1999); Biodynamic Wines (Mitchell Beazley, 2004); Wines of South America (Mitchell Beazley, 2003), winner of America’s prestigious James Beard Book Award; Discovering Wine Country: Bordeaux (2005) and Discovering Wine Country: Tuscany (2006), both Mitchell Beazley; and Château Monty (Portico, 2008). Monty has contributed on topics of organic and... Read More

  • Christopher Watkins

    Christopher Watkins  

    Christopher Watkins has been writing professionally for over two decades. He is a recognized veteran blogging and social media voice courtesy of his award-winning work in the wine industry, a published author of poetry with a debut volume released and additional poems appearing in multiple literary journals, and a Gold Record recipient for his lyrics and music. His writing has afforded him and his wife (a visual artist) the opportunity to travel widely, and they have lived and worked in San... Read More

  • David White

    David White  

    David White is the founder and editor of Terroirist. The author of a nationally syndicated wine column that's hosted by Grape Collective, 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. He has his advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and has been called one of America's nine most important wine bloggers. Follow him on Twitter @terroiristblog.

  • Amy Zavatto

    Amy Zavatto  

    Amy Zavatto writes about wine, spirits, and food for Imbibe, Details, Foxnews.com and many others. Her work has also appeared in More, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart Weddings. She is Deputy Editor for both Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn, and the author of several books. She lives, eats, and drinks in New York City and hasn’t met a Minervois she didn’t like.

  • Peter Zusman

    Peter Zusman  

    Peter "Blue" Zusman is an artist and wine & spirits enthusiast living in Manhattan's Lower East Side. He places equal importance to both a finely-aged single malt, as well as a medium bodied, earthy red. Examples of his artwork can be seen on Instagram/@pzblue.

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