Christopher Barnes

Christopher Barnes

Christopher Barnes

Editor, 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.

  1. Giuseppe Vaira of G.D. Vajra: championing an organic spirit in Barolo

    Giuseppe Vaira of G.D. Vajra: championing an organic spirit in Barolo

    “At the heart of the G.D. Vajra Winery, occupying some of the highest land in Barolo, is an unquenchable, countercultural movement.”

    Joe Campanale ...

  2. Alberto Graci: Champion of Mount Etna Wine Traditions

    Alberto Graci: Champion of Mount Etna Wine Traditions

    Alberto Graci grew up experiencing winemaking through his grandfather who had made wine from family vineyards in central Sicily.  He was working as an investment banker in Milan when the death of his grandfather brought him back to Sicily and to wine.

  3. Nicolas Ottin of Ottin Elio on the Beauty and Uniqueness of Italy's High Altitude Valle d'Aosta Vineyards

    Nicolas Ottin of Ottin Elio on the Beauty and Uniqueness of Italy's High Altitude Valle d'Aosta Vineyards

    Ottin Elio, based in Aosta, is a small family winery and farm that works organically mostly focused around native varietals. In addition to wine they also farm apples and breed cattle. Grape Collective talks to Nicolas Ottin about the family farm and the evolution of the Valle d'Aosta.

  4. Bruce Schneider's Ukrainian Wine Odyssey

    Bruce Schneider's Ukrainian Wine Odyssey

    From owning a vineyard in Long Island to being one of the pioneers in the keg wine movement, Bruce Schneider may have one of the wine industry's most peripatetic careers. It should then be less of a surprise that a business trip to Germany in 2019...

  5. Celebrating Georgian Wine: Ruso Chochishvili of Kapistoni Winery

    Celebrating Georgian Wine: Ruso Chochishvili of Kapistoni Winery

    Kapistoni Winery is a family-owned, traditional wines business located in a certified Eco-Zone in the Saguramo village of the Mtskheta region in Georgia. They work with indigenous grapes such as Chinebuli, Shavkapito, Tavkveri, Saperavi and Rkatsitelli in traditional Qvevri Georgian method, using ancient, unique, indigenous grapes selected and harvested from the best varieties in ecologically cultivated vineyards from the regions of Kartli and Kakheti.

  6. Fratelli Ponte's Massimo Ponte on the Beauty of Barbera

    Fratelli Ponte's Massimo Ponte on the Beauty of Barbera

    Fratelli Ponte started when Carlo Ponte built a small wine cellar after World War II to make wine from his Barbera vines at Bricco Ronchesio in the San Damiano d’Asti area of Piedmont. Today his three grandsons Massimo, Ivan and Renato run the family business. Grape Collective talks with Massimo Ponte about what it means to make an authentic wine representative of the region.

  7. Marco Nicolosi of Barone di Villagrande: An Etna Bianco Pioneer

    Marco Nicolosi of Barone di Villagrande: An Etna Bianco Pioneer

    Grape Collective talks with Marco Nicolosi of Barone di Villagrande about the family's unique place in the evolution of the Etna wine region and the particular suitability of the terroir to producing elegant expressions of Etna Bianco.

  8. Daniele Delaini of Villa Calicantus on Going Natural in Bardolino

    Daniele Delaini of Villa Calicantus on Going Natural in Bardolino

    Daniele Delaini of Villa Calicantus discusses his natural wine evolution in Bardolino, Italy.

  9. Made By Women In Bardolino: Interview With Claudia Benazzoli

    Made By Women In Bardolino: Interview With Claudia Benazzoli

    The Benazzoli Winery in the Bardolino DOC is run by two sisters Claudia and Giulia the fourth generation of family winemakers.

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