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. Eduardo Torres Acosta on Making Volcanic Wines in the Canary Islands and Mount Etna

    Eduardo Torres Acosta on Making Volcanic Wines in the Canary Islands and Mount Etna

    Grape Collective talks to Eduardo about this unique wine journey and the magic of making wine on Etna. 

  2. Bruna Flaibani on Biodynamics and why Friuli is Kissed by Luck

    Bruna Flaibani on Biodynamics and why Friuli is Kissed by Luck

    The Flaibani estate is located in Cividale del Friuli in the Colli Orientali del Friuli area very close to the Slovenian border. The Flaibanis have three hectares of planted vineyards, all terraced and with steep slopes, that resemble a garden surrounded by six hectares of woods. They are working with vines over 100 years old with their youngest vines over 20 years. They produce less than 10,000 bottles of six different types of wine from Schioppettino, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Friulano, and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. Their wines have a vibrancy, energy and quality that validate all the passion and hard work behind them.

  3. Gualtiero Crea of Les Granges on the Purity of the Alpine Wines of the Valle d'Aosta

    Gualtiero Crea of Les Granges on the Purity of the Alpine Wines of the Valle d'Aosta

    Grape Collective talks to Gualtiero Crea of Les Granges in the village of Nus near the town of Aosta, about how the wines of Valle d'Aosta are unique and the region's alpine landscape, climate, and culture. 

  4. Pierre and Antonin Making Natural Wine in the Languedoc

    Pierre and Antonin Making Natural Wine in the Languedoc

    Pierre Caizergues started making wines in Montreal d’Aude west of Carcassonne in southwestern France in 2015. He was joined by his friend, winemaker Antonin Bonnet, full time in 2020. The two friends specialize in low intervention wines (low or no added sulfites), with varietals like Carignan, and some resistant varietals such as Cabernet Cortis and Souvignier Gris. They also separately make a Mourvèdre in the village of Saint Jean de Fos in the Larzac region of France. Larzac is a bit further east in the Hérault region while all the other wines they make are made in Aude near the estate in Montreal d’Aude / Hameau de Stricou.

     

  5. Roberto Di Meo of Di Meo Winery on the Historical Wines of Campania, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

    Roberto Di Meo of Di Meo Winery on the Historical Wines of Campania, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

    Campania offers some of Italy's great sensory experiences from the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, the ruins of Pompeii, to the food and energy of Naples. It also is home to four of Italy's great wine grapes Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo. 

    The Di Meo winery, located in the province of Avellino, is one of the most celebrated Campania estates focusing squarely on native varietals. In the early '80s, three siblings Erminia, Generoso and Roberto Di Meo acquired the historical estate from their parents, which includes 25 hectares and an 18th century farmhouse that was once a hunting lodge of the Caracciolo Prince....

  6. Dan Morgan Lee of Morgan Winery  on why Pinot Noir Excels in the Santa Lucia Highlands

    Dan Morgan Lee of Morgan Winery on why Pinot Noir Excels in the Santa Lucia Highlands

    The Morgan family have played an important part in the development of the Santa Lucia Highlands and their winery has been recognized for the quality from the begining with their very first Monterey Chardonnay earning a Gold Medal at the LA County Fair and a Platinum Medal from Wine & Spirits Magazine. Since then, they have won many awards including the prestigious “Winery of the Year” honors from Wine & Spirits in 1996 and from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. 

  7. Mario Andrion of Castello di Verduno Championing Piedmont’s Pelaverga Grape

    Mario Andrion of Castello di Verduno Championing Piedmont’s Pelaverga Grape

    Grape Collective talks with winemaker Mario Andrion about the estate and the unique terroir of Verduno.

  8. Ciro Biondi: Celebrating Etna's Unique Terroir

    Ciro Biondi: Celebrating Etna's Unique Terroir

    Grape Collective talks with Ciro about the unique volcanic terroir and indigenous grapes of Etna and what the future may hold for the region.

  9. Giusi Murabito on Etna's Agricultural Diversity

    Giusi Murabito on Etna's Agricultural Diversity

    In 2016 Guisi Murabito founded Walking Eolie & Sicily, which enables people from around the world to experience the culture of the region through guided walking tours focusing on food and wine. It is in this way she is able to share with others the "peaceful environment, divine light, immense soul, [and] authentic smells and tastes" she so loves about her homeland. 

  10. Mario Paoluzi of I Custodi: Rediscovering Mount Etna's Traditions

    Mario Paoluzi of I Custodi: Rediscovering Mount Etna's Traditions

    Mario Paoluzi is the owner of I Custodi, an artisanal winery located on the northern slope of Mt. Etna in Sicily. I Custodi refers to themselves as the "keepers" or the "guardians" of Mt. Etna's vineyards. Their mission is to preserve the land and traditions of the region as well as to respect the people.

    Paoluzi teamed up with well-known and highly regarded oenologist Salvo Foti to produce wines from Etna's indigenous grapes using traditional methods dating back centuries. The winery is part of a very important association of Sicilian growers and producers called "I Vigneri," which dates back 500 years but has more recently been revived by Foti as a way to pass on the skills and techniques of grape growing and winemaking from older generations. As a result, previously abandoned vineyards have been revived and there has been a renewed interest in the wines of Etna. 


    Christopher Barnes: Mario, tell us a little bit about how you got into the wine business.

    Mario Paoluzi: It was 2007. I was already here in Sicily, in Catania since 2001, since I moved here from Rome for a family business reason. And I had the chance to meet with Salvo Foti, who was following at the time a project called Il Cantante that...

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