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We believe we have assembled a veritable all-star team of respected wine journalists. Our crew is not only experienced in the wines of the world, but insightful, entertaining and funny, too!

It is our goal to deliver the very finest in wine evaluation, information and education. We hope you will visit often (though our publication schedule is weekly, we will offer a daily wine pick) and take advantage of the expertise of our great team. You can send questions or comments to any of our columnists at the email addresses appearing in the bios below.

It is our hope that you will embrace Wine Review Online and make it your No. 1 resource for credible information and recommendations on wine.

OUR COLUMNISTS

Michael Apstein, M.D., is a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, a wine educator for more than 20 years, a freelance contributor to many national magazines, James Beard Award winner for wine writing, former wine columnist for the Boston Globe, and a judge for numerous national and international wine competitions.  Contact: Michael.Apstein1@gmail.com

Wayne Belding is the author of "Diving Into Wine" and many articles on all aspects of wine.  In 1990, he became the 13th American to pass the demanding Master Sommelier examination. He has been active in teaching and examining at all levels of the Master Sommelier program.  Wayne has taught wine appreciation classes for over 25 years.   He is a frequent judge at national and international wine competitions, as well as a featured speaker at food and wine festivals.

Gerald D. Boyd has been writing about wine and spirits since 1968. He is the former Editor of The Wine Spectator and was a staff wine writer for The San Francisco Chronicle. Gerald currently is a regular contributor to Decanter, The Wine News, Quarterly Review of Wines and Winestate of Australia, as well as the trade magazines Vineyard & Winery Management and Hotel Food & Beverage Executive. Gerald also is an adjunct wine instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Jim Clarke is a freelance writer and former sommelier with a long list of publications in World of Fine Wine, The Wine Spectator, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Beverage Media, Star Chefs, and Forbes.com. Jim studied wine with the American Sommelier Association and worked as sommelier and wine director in New York for several years, initially at Megu, a high-end Japanese restaurant, and then at Armani Ristorante. In September 2013 he left the restaurant industry to join Wines of South Africa, where he now works as Marketing Manager.

Rich Cook has been writing about wine since 2008 at www.winewiseweb.com. He currently serves as the Director of the San Diego County Fair Wine Competitions and is the Director of  Robert Whitley's Challenge Wine Competitions. He is a panelist with the California Grapevine and has been the Chief Judge at the Monterey International Wine Competition since 2011. Contact: winewiseguy@me.com

Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, is co-author of Wine for Dummies and six other books, president of International Wine Center, executive director of U.S. programs for the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust, president of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America) and wine columnist for The New York Daily News and the trade magazines Nation's Restaurant News and Beverage Dynamics.

Michael Franz is editor and managing partner of Wine Review Online, editor of Sommelier magazine, a freelance contributor to several international wine magazines, instructor for Capital Wine School, and consultant for 13 restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area with combined annual sales of $11 million. He wrote as wine columnist for The Washington Post for 11 years before leaving to edit WRO, has served as Chief Judge for four different wine competitions, and has conducted more than 1,400 site visits and tastings at wineries around the world. Contact: michael@franzwine.com

Paul Lukacs is author of several books including Inventing Wine and The Great Wines of America. Paul's first book, American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine, won the three major wine Book of the Year awards in 2001 -- the James Beard Foundation, Champagne Veuve Clicquot, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals

.Ed McCarthy is author of Champagne for Dummies and co-author of Wine For Dummies, White Wine For Dummies, Red Wine For Dummies, Wine Buying Companion For Dummies, French Wine For Dummies, and Italian Wine For Dummies, as well as regular contributor to QRW magazine, and columnist for Nation's Restaurant News and Beverage Media. He and Mary Ewing-Mulligan co-authored WINE STYLE, published in October 2005.

Linda Murphy is the co-author of American Wine with Jancis Robinson. She lives in Sonoma County and is the West Coast correspondent for Decanter magazine and U.S. correspondent for JancisRobinson.com. She also contributes to Food & Wine magazine, Epicurious.com and the San Francisco Chronicle, where she was the wine editor from 2003 to 2006 and won two James Beard Awards for best food/wine section. Before joining the Chronicle, Linda was Managing Editor of WineToday.com, the New York Times' wine web site. In a previous career, she was a sportswriter at the San Diego Union newspaper, but gave up that beer-and-a-shot world for fine wine. Contact: Linda@LindaMurphyWine.com.

Rebecca Murphy was the first female wine steward in Texas, and went on to found and produce The Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, now the TexSom International Wine Awards. She has judged many national and international wine competitions. As a writer, she has contributed a weekly feature to The Dallas Morning News for many years, and has written for Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines in addition to furnishing entries for The Oxford Companion to Wine and the sixth edition of The World Atlas of Wine. Contact: murphymarton@att.net

Sandra Taylor is an expert on sustainability in the food and beverage business.  She holds a Wine MBA from the Ecole de Management de Bordeaux--Kedge Business School, along with a B.A. in French and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.  Among her most recent accomplishments is publication in 2017 of, The Business of Sustainable Wine:  How to Build Brand Equity in a 21st Century Wine Industry.

Marguerite Thomas  is an award winning photojournalist who was for many years travel editor at The Wine News until the magazine's recent sad demise. She is the author of a cookbook and of two books about wines in the Eastern United States, and is a frequent contributor to national wine magazines. She judges for a variety of wine competitions, including Critics Challenge. Contact: mthomaswine@gmail.com.

Robert Whitley is publisher and managing partner of Wine Review Online, author of "Wine Talk," a column syndicated nationally by the Creators Syndicate, a monthly contributor to the Reuters "Vine Talk" column, and director of the following international wine competitions: Critics Challenge, Sommelier Challenge, Winemaker Challenge and San Diego Challenge.
Contact: whitleyonwine@yahoo.com, http://twitter.com/wineguru



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