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. 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.

  2. Eli Ben Zaken, Domaine du Castel

    Eli Ben Zaken, Domaine du Castel

    Domaine du Castel's Eli Ben Zaken
  3. Uncovering the Natural Beauty of Valpolicella: Maddalena Pasqua di Bisceglie of Musella

    Uncovering the Natural Beauty of Valpolicella: Maddalena Pasqua di Bisceglie of Musella

    Grape Collective talked to Maddalena Pasqua di Bisceglie of Musella in Valpolicella about her natural approach to winemaking including some unusual methods such as placing speakers in the vineyards to play music to the vines and discusses the dragon which lives amongst them in the forest.

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    Why Lyle Railsback left his dream job at Kermit Lynch to become an entrepreneur

    "One time in Collioure, our grower had paid a diver to go bring up sea urchins, and they had a whole box of sea urchins. So he stood there and shucked the sea urchins and drank Collioure Blanc." Lyle Railsback on some of the magical moments working for Kermit Lynch

  5. Sean O'Keefe of Mari Vineyards is showing Michigan's Riesling potential

    Sean O'Keefe of Mari Vineyards is showing Michigan's Riesling potential

    "I once called Sean 'the Michael Moore of Riesling' (Moore lives locally) and declared him a candidate for president of the United States of Riesling because of his commitment to the development of America's Riesling industry." Stuart Pigott on Sean O'Keefe
  6. Cool Climate South Africa: Paul Cluver's Journey From Apples to Pinot Noir

    Cool Climate South Africa: Paul Cluver's Journey From Apples to Pinot Noir

    "The New York Times a couple years back asked with climate change taking place, where would you buy your Burgundies, your Chardonnay Burgundies, if you weren’t able to buy them from Burgundy anymore. And they actually identified Elgin as a potential growing area for that."
  7. Dave Miner's Passion for California Viognier

    Dave Miner's Passion for California Viognier

    "I have always loved Condrieu so it's fun and I've worked with some guys such as Francois Villard and Yves Gangloff and hung out with them a lot and learned a lot from them." Dave Miner
  8. André Morgenthal and how the old vine project is saving South Africa's Heritage Vines

    André Morgenthal and how the old vine project is saving South Africa's Heritage Vines

    "Each vine needs to be considered on its own. So we rather call it sculpting than pruning. Cause it's like an old age home and each person has got a different context and history and requirements." André Morgenthal
  9. Schalk Opperman of Lammershoek on the Power of Old Vine Swartland Chenin Blanc

    Schalk Opperman of Lammershoek on the Power of Old Vine Swartland Chenin Blanc

    "These old vines were able to survive the test of time. And with the roots being so deep in the soil and all the sandy soils, they were able to reach that last bit of reserves of water and maintain themselves where a young vine would have struggled." Schalk Opperman
  10.  Jacques de Klerk of Radford Dale focusing on site-specific wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Jacques de Klerk of Radford Dale focusing on site-specific wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa

    "We've spent the last 20 years really refining the ethos. And that is site-specific, single-terroir, single-vineyard in some cases, wines of character and immerse drinkability." " Jacques de Klerk Radford Dale
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