Christopher BarnesEditor, 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.
Dorothy J. Gaiter & John BrecherSenior Editors
Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal's wine column, "Tastings," from 1998 to 2010. Dorothy and John have been tasting and studying wine since 1973. In 2020, the University of California at Davis added their papers to the Warren Winiarski Wine Writers Collection in its library, which also includes the work of Hugh Johnson...
Michael WoodsmallContributing 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.
- 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. He has visited vineyards and wineries in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Greece. (Also California, Washington, Oregon, New York, and Virginia.) He likes t-shirts and jeans with Grape Collective wine. He has ten years of experience in the... Read More
- 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 creators of the annual "Open That Bottle Night" celebration of wine and friendship. The first bottle they shared was André Cold Duck.
- 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 #AUGUST2014 premiered at Galerie Protégé in New York, New York, and his second short film AUGUST premiered at Galerie Protégé in... Read More
- Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal's wine column, "Tastings," from 1998 to 2010. Dorothy and John have been tasting and studying wine since 1973. In 2020, the University of California at Davis added their papers to the Warren Winiarski Wine Writers Collection in its library, which also includes the work of Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. Dottie has had a distinguished career in journalism as a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at The Miami Herald, The New York Times, and at The Journal. John was Page One Editor of The Journal, City Editor of The Miami... Read More
- Somewhat of a newbie to the world of wine, Rachael Doob is a contributing writer and editor based in New York City. A fan of all grapes, she is currently crushing on Nero d'Avola and Blaufränkisch.
- 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 about wine and food on her blog, The Wine Chef. Follow her instagram, @nycrestaurants to see all of her mouth-watering... Read More
- 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.
- 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 in Mendoza Valley and around Patagonia — and he looks forward to more oeno-ventures in the years and decades to come.
- Marco grew up watching his father make wine and visiting his grandparents’ farms in Sicily and Calabria, which led to his fascination with traditional winemaking. He is now pursuing a career as a professional winemaker. Marco explores his deep love for Southern Italian culture by leading tastings in NYC and NJ, collaborating with Cirò winemakers on microvinification projects in Italy, and making natural homemade wine with his family in NJ. Follow him on his journey: marcuzzovino.com or @marcuzzo_vino
- 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 Biodynamic wine to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide, Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report and he wrote the entries for... Read More
- Valerie Kathawala is an NYC-based student of wine and a wine writer. She is WSET Level 3 and most recently completed Vinitaly's "Native Wine Grapes of Italy" seminar, taught by Ian D'Agata. Her wine journey began 20 years ago, with a shared bottle of Saint-Émilion. It has since taken her - and her husband and three children - to wine growing regions throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Oregon, California and New York. Wines that matter most to her are those made by small-scale producers with a deep understanding of both tradition and potential. You can follow her exploration of wines of place on Instagram... Read More
- 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.
- 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.
- Joyce Lin, born and raised in Taiwan, is a certified sommelier based in New York City. Her passion for wine has led her to pursue her career in the wine business by receiving her certification with the Court of Master Sommelier in 2015. Since then, Joyce has been working as a wine professional, writing about wine, hosting wine tasting events and consulting for food and wine pairing. Naturally, Joyce is also the ultimate gourmet. She enjoys cooking, eating out and traveling. There is nothing better than enjoying a glass of good wine with family and friends, as Joyce would say.
- Edward Marchese is a writer and wine lover based in New York City.
- 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" and "Kitchen Nightmares," both with Gordon Ramsay. In 2000, Fairchild was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who in American Food &... Read More
- Amy Bess Cook has been a working writer for more than 16 years. For half that time, she managed a boutique winery in Sonoma. With a zeal for creative entrepreneurship and a passion for the vine, Amy Bess now works as a writer and brand consultant within the wine industry.
- 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 @emilyintheglass.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jackson is a freelancer: Wine junkie, mixologist, writer, actor, singer, dancer, musician-- to name a few occupations and passions. He yearns to continue exploring how wine affects culture and vice versa. He finds it no coincidence that the Greek god of wine was also a patron god of art and theatre. Jackson’s particular fascination with Old World reds started incongruously in Cincinnati, Ohio where he earned his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. He put himself through college working at Via Vite Contemporary Italian Bistro, learning everything he could about wine; and he never stopped.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 found on Twitter via @the23rdparallel and facebook.com/the23rdparallel.
- Elliott Eglash is a writer and editor currently working on his MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia. His work has appeared in Musée Magazine, The Believer Logger, the Nassau Literary Review, and elsewhere. New to wine writing, he’s been drinking wine since at least age 21. His work can be found at https://elliott-eglash.squarespace.com
- 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.
- 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 continue her YouTube lectures and her historical research. Her academic schedule remains busy with speaking engagements,... Read More
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Spectator Magazine seemed to like the story; they gave the video a cool award. Don’t worry, he still wears blue jeans, listens to... Read More
- Stefanie views wine as the intersection of art and agriculture. Her career in the wine industry feeds the deep curiosity she has about our relationship with the earth and its natural resources, as well as her passion for earnest craftsmanship. Formerly a sommelier at Del Posto in New York, much of her studies have been focused on Italian wine, but she gets enthusiastic about well-made wine from every corner of the world. When she’s not helping people find their new favorite bottle, Stefanie helps run a small, not-for-profit theater company.
- 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 Bottle” appears starting Spring 2014. Mary also writes for Napa Sonoma Magazine Palate Press, and Berkeleyside Nosh. Mary... Read More
- 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 and is author of Greenwich Village: A Modern Tribute.
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- 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.
- 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 Observer, Robb Report, Worth, Every Day with Rachael Ray and Parade.
- 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 Fine Wine.
- 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 Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Denver, as well as a tiny fishing village in the rural west of Ireland. They currently... Read More
- 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.
- After spending almost ten years in the California wine industry, Jonathan G Bomberg (they/them) moved to New York City to study philosophy focusing on aesthetics and sexuality. They remain passionate about wine and continue to advocate for the interesting projects coming out of California.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- R.H. Drexel is the pen name for a wine business insider who has worked in nearly every sector of the wine industry for the last 30 years. In 2012, Drexel published the first issue of Loam Baby, her wine culture zine, which garnered favorable reviews from Los Angeles Times, Punch Magazine, Imbibe, Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, among others, for its irreverent cartoons, in-depth articles, and anachronistic approach to wine journalism. Drexel continues to publish Loam Baby, and is also freelance writer.
- Eric Petrucci has enjoyed writing about wine for about six years. He first discovered his passion for drinking the stuff while living in Bologna, Italy during college. He has learned different aspects of the industry, including retail, buying, and sales repping. When not moonlighting at Grape Collective, he is a church music director for a Catholic parish in South Queens.
- Piers Parlett is a photographer, videographer, designer and journalist. His work has appeared in many magazines including London Monthly, London Magazine, amNewYork and many others. He has a great passion for wines of Le Marche.
- Ashwin owns and manages a DC-based wine education business, Personal Sommelier DC, where he leads tastings for both private and corporate clients. He has lived in Georgia (the country) and Italy studying wine as well as the U.K. studying whisky. Ashwin enjoys the path-less-trodden when it comes to wine and spends time exploring the wine culture in Croatia, Georgia, Slovenia, Greece, in addition to the big names like Italy, Spain, and France.
- Andrew Chalk writes about wine, spirits, beer, food, restaurants, wineries and destinations all over the world. His articles have appeared in Wine Business, Wines & Vines, Go-Wine, The Daily Meal, John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet, Somm Journal, Wine-Searcher.com. He recently started his own blog, TheChalkReport. He is the author of the book Top Texas Wineries. He holds the WSET Level 3 certification in wines and spirits, the Certified Specialist of Wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators and the Italian Wine Professional certification. He was a 2016 recipient of an Open Fellowship to the Symposium... Read More
- 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 from The Times in 2010, Hopkins has written for Global Golf Post.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Seminar, and University of Pinot. Her wine-related art pieces hang in the wine room of Villandry in London, as well as private... Read More
- 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.
- 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 in the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon. Follow her on twitter @AlexKuderski
- Sam Radford is an artist, freelance writer and Certified Specialist of Wine. He resides in Cleveland Ohio writing for various global publications and unsuccessfully growing grape vines in his spare time.
- A dyed-in-the-finest-super-wool man about town, Stephen Taylor is a venture capitalist, oeno-entreprenuer and cult writer in British underground wine and food media. A “real” British working-class hero if you will.
- Judy Berman is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Baffler and Pitchfork.
- Rachel Seville Tashjian is a writer living in Soho. Balthazar is her second favorite restaurant in New York.
- Quinlan currently works in the cellar at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. He will be departing for New Zealand in March to work harvest at Saint Clair in Marlborough. He was the 2017 Shaulis Scholar, working at Cornell's Agricultural Experiment Station with renowned plant pathologist Marc Fuchs, studying Grapevine Redblotch Virus, about which he is co-authoring an upcoming paper. Quinlan's poetry has been published in Yale's graduate journal, Palimpsest, as well as Quiddity Journal and The Human Touch.
- Barbara Vyden is a writer based in New York City.
- Joon Park is from South Korea. He is a wine youtuber(J's Wine Story) and currently works in Grape Collective, NYC. He is relatively new to the wine industry with a background in organizational psychology. While he studied and worked in the Netherlands, he found the hidden but glaring passion in wine, and started to study deep in wine since 2018, attaining WSET lv. 3, French Wine Scholar, and various workshops and certificates.
- Based in Brooklyn, Rachael is a writer, editor, and photographer with over a decade of experience in print and digital media. She is currently a book editor for Fodor’s Travel and a content marketer for Dashlane. She’s written for publications such as Martha Stewart, Modern Farmer, Ladygunn, and more. She has toured wineries in France and the Republic of Georgia, and is eager to learn more about wine from her colleagues at Grape Collective.
- Tom Acitelli is co-deputy editor @commobserver; author of PILSNER, Audacity of Hops, American Wine, and Whiskey Business.