Wine Enthusiast Magazine and is conceived and executed by a team of experienced editors based in New York, California, Washington, France, England and Italy. While each offers a unique set of expertise, personality and perspective to the Wine Enthusiast team, we’re all united by one mission: to taste, enjoy and communicate our love of the best wines, spirits and food in the world to readers in a fresh and accessible way. Learn more about what makes us tick below, and check back soon for blogs and columns covering everything from the great screwcap debate to why you should drink Chardonnay for breakfast.


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Adam Strum

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Wine Enthusiast Companies

A 38-year veteran of the wine and media businesses, Strum co-founded Wine Enthusiast catalog and magazine. Both have had a major impact on increasing wine consumption and wine culture in America.


Jay Spaleta

Vice President of Publishing, Wine Enthusiast Media

In his role, Jay Spaleta oversees all commercial and creative direction, both in print and online, and is integral in all aspects of evolution for the Wine Enthusiast Magazine brand. Spaleta’s career prior to Wine Enthusiast spanned more than 13 years in senior roles with prestigious publications such as Details and Vanity Fair. Spaleta was previously Associate Publisher for Wine Enthusiast Media.


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Susan Kostrzewa

Executive Editor,

Reviews wines from Greece and Cyprus.

Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006, when she moved from Sonoma, California, to Manhattan. Kostrzewa has written and edited wine, food and travel stories for the past 14 years, and oversees all editorial direction of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and, in addition to the tasting programs. Kostrzewa co-edited the Wine Enthusiast Wine & Food Pairings book and has co-authored numerous books on wine and travel in her career.


Joe Czerwinski

Managing Editor,

Reviews wines from Australia, New Zealand and the Rhône. 

In his role, Czerwinski manages all aspects of digital and print production for Wine Enthusiast Magazine as well as helping drive the creative direction of the dynamic online and print publications. Czerwinski has been a wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade and is a regular wine panelist, speaker and educator for events and organizations worldwide. Czerwinski was previously Senior Editor and Tasting Director for Wine Enthusiast Media.


Lauren Buzzeo

Senior Editor and Tasting Director,

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon.
Reviews beers.

Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator. Thanks to her father, she developed an interest in and love of wine at an early age, and her respect and adoration for all things vinous has remained strong ever since. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and currently reviews the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beers. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Lauren is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).


Marina Vataj

Digital Managing Editor,

Instagram @mvataj

Vataj has written about wine and food, fashion, design, lifestyle and pop culture for various publications for more than ten years, including The New York Post, Life & Style and Cottages & Gardens. At Wine Enthusiast, in addition to overseeing all digital editorial, Vataj is the producer for the Wine Enthusiast TV video program. She is also an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College in New York, where she teaches the journalism course she developed called Modern Media Writing. When she’s not out and about exploring new restaurants and wine lists, she’s planning her next global getaway. She has a Masters of Arts in Non-Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Level 3 Advanced Wine & Spirits Education Trust certification from the International Wine Center.

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Lana Bortolot

Senior Editor,

Instagram: @le_bort

Bortolot has written about community development, historic preservation and arts & culture for the Wall Street Journal and New York Post, on design for Entrepreneur magazine, on food and wine for Saveur and other magazines for the wine and spirits trade. She holds the Level 3 Advanced Wine & Spirits Education Trust certification and is working on the Level 4 Diploma. Having covered most European wine regions and a few in South America, she is always looking for a new wine-stained stamp on her passport.

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Jameson Fink

Senior Digital Editor,

Instagram: @jamesonfink

A two-time SAVEUR Blog Award finalist, Fink launched his wine blog back in 2004. At the same time he began a career in the retail wine business. Fink has been a wine editor at Foodista, Grape Collective, and He has explored his passions beyond wine, writing about coffee for SIP Northwest and cider for Edible Seattle. An experienced traveller, he’s visited vineyards in 11 countries and 5 states. Fink recently relocated from Seattle to New York City, where he continues to sing the praises of enjoying Champagne with popcorn.

Layla Schlack

Layla Schlack

Senior Associate Editor,

Instagram: @laylaschlack

Schlack is a NATJA-award-winning journalist with eight years’ experience writing and editing cooking, dining, spirits, entertaining and travel stories, as well as developing recipes, in various editorial roles at Fine Cooking and Hemispheres. When she’s not editing Wine Enthusiast’s food and entertaining stories, she can usually be found clanging around her Connecticut kitchen, beverage in hand, trying to re-create some tasty meal she’s had over the course of her travels.

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Dylan Garret

Assistant Digital Editor,

Instagram: @dillinisillin

A veteran of New York City’s bar and restaurant scene, Garret has lived, breathed and sweated spirits for more than a decade, working as a bartender and beverage director at establishments ranging from Michelin-starred eateries to local Brooklyn pubs. Joining Wine Enthusiast in 2015, he has very strong opinions on proper cocktail garnish.


Roger Voss

European Editor,

Reviews wines from Portugal and All Other France.

Roger Voss is a veteran wine and food author, and a journalist and has been writing about wine and food for the past 25 years. His books include France: A Feast of Food and Wine; The Wines of the Loire; Pocket Guide to the Wines of the Loire, Alsace and the Rhône; and Fortified Wines. He is based in Bordeaux, France, and reviews the wines of Austria, France and Portugal.


Kerin O’Keefe

Italian Editor,

Reviews wines from Italy

Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Prior to her appointment with Wine Enthusiast, O’Keefe, who moved to Italy in 1991, wrote regularly on Italian wine for Decanter, as well as for World of Fine Wine and on She is a former contributing editor for Wine News magazine, and is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (Veronelli Editore, 2005), a recipient of a Gourmand Wine Book Award. Her latest two books are Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy’s Greatest Wines (University of California Press, 2012) and Barolo and Barbaresco: the King and Queen  of Italian Wine (University of California Press, 2014).



Michael Schachner

Spanish and South American Editor,

Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.

Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast, for which he is a contributing editor and a member of the magazine’s tasting panel. In addition, he is a wine consultant and professional speaker. His areas of wine expertise include Spain and South America.


Anne Krebiehl MW

Contributing Editor,

Reviews wines from Austria.

German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl is a freelance wine writer and Master of Wine who has contributed to trade and consumer publications like Harpers Wine & Spirit, The World of Fine Wine, Falstaff Deutschland, Vinum, The Drinks Business, Imbibe, Sommelier India and others. She also lectures on wine, works as a wine consultant for London restaurants and as translator for wine-related texts. Anne is an accredited member of the Circle of Wine Writers and the Association of Wine Educators. She has harvested and helped to make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy. When not writing, studying or traveling, she can be found in the kitchen, the garden or on some vineyard getting her hands dirty.

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Paul Gregutt

Contributing Editor,

Reviews wines from Oregon and Canada. 

Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.


Virginie Boone

Contributing Editor,

Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews and reports on the wines of Napa and Sonoma for the magazine. Sonoma-based Boone began her writing career in 1997 with Lonely Planet travel guidebooks, contributing to titles on South America, Northern California, France and America’s Deep South. Travel assignments led her to California-focused wine coverage, including regular features for the New York Times regional newspaper Santa Rosa Press Democrat, for which Boone has been a contributing wine writer for several years. She is also the author of Napa Valley and Sonoma: Heart of California Wine Country, and a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.

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Jim Gordon

Contributing Editor,

Reviews wines from California.

Jim Gordon, a 30-year veteran of the wine industry, reviews and reports on wines from Mendocino, Lake and Contra Costa Counties, Livermore Valley, Lodi, Central Valley and the Sierra Foothills for Wine Enthusiast. Napa-based Gordon has been the editor for winemaker and grapegrower media company Wines & Vines since 2006, and also directs the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was also editor-in-chief of the James Beard Award finalist book Opus Vino (2010) and of 1000 Great Everyday Wines (2011), for which he covered Mendocino and Lake County wines, among other topics Additionally, Gordon was editor-in-chief of the former wine lifestyle magazine Wine Country Living and managing editor of Wine Spectator.

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Matt Kettmann

Contributing Editor,

Reviews wines from California.

Matt Kettmann reviews and reports on wines from the Central and South Coasts of California for the magazine. Santa-Barbara based Kettmann is senior editor for the weekly newspaper The Santa Barbara Independent, for which he has covered local news, lifestyle and beverage beats since 1999, and has reported on local and general wine topics for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Smithsonian, Sunset and Wine Spectator. In addition to organizing successful regional wine food and drink events in Santa Barbara and moderating at the annual Paso Robles CAB Collective seminar at the California Wine Festival last fall, in 2009, Kettmann cofounded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music conference and festival, and also serves on the board for Notes for Notes, a nonprofit providing free access to musical instruments and recording studios for music-interested youth.


Sean Sullivan

Contributing Editor,

Reviews wines from Washington and Idaho.

In addition to his work at Wine Enthusiast, Sean P. Sullivan is the founder of Washington Wine Report, an on-line publication dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. The site is a four-time finalist for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ from the Wine Blog Awards, winning the honor in 2013 and 2014. Sullivan also writes regularly for Seattle Metropolitan, Vineyard & Winery Management, Washington Tasting Room, and Edible Seattle. He resides in Seattle, Washington.


Anna Lee C. Iijima

Contributing Editor,

Reviews wines from Germany and New York.

Anna Lee C. Iijima joined Wine Enthusiast in 2010 following a career in corporate law. She holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is student in the Masters of Wine Program. She also holds a certification in Viticulture and Vinification from the American Sommelier Association and is a Certified Sake Professional of the Sake Education Council. Her passion for Japanese saké and shochu often rivals her devotion to wine.

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Nils Bernstein

Contributing Editor, Food,

Based in New York City, Bernstein is an exhaustive traveler who is constantly in search of new and unsung chefs and restaurants, innovative wine and food pairings, and eating and drinking at the source. Prior to Wine Enthusiast, Bernstein authored culinary content for Bon Appetit, Men’s Journal, New York Times, Hemispheres, and Kinfolk, among others. Bernstein has a personal passion for regional Mexican cuisine and agave spirits as well as old-school Rioja, Sauternes and sour beers.


Alexis Korman

Contributing Editor, Travel,

Korman joined Wine Enthusiast as an editor in 2010 and has been authoring trends-driven travel, wine, cocktail and food content for over a decade, including work for publications like New York Magazine,, The Travel Channel, Premier Traveler, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune and amNY. Based in New Orleans, she has also lived in Canada and Spain, as well as New York City. In addition to her role with Wine Enthusiast, she’s a short fiction writer, co-founder of Big Easy ‘Bucha—an artisanal kombucha beverage company that gives back to food charities in New Orleans—and has an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Korman was previously Contributing Food Editor for Wine Enthusiast.


Mike DeSimone

Lifestyle & Entertaining Editor,

Reviews Israel, other Asia and other Africa. 

DeSimone is a spirits, wine, food and lifestyle writer who has traveled extensively in his journalistic pursuits. Most recently he co-authored the book Wines of the Southern Hemisphere (Sterling Epicure, October 2012).


Jeff Jenssen

Lifestyle & Entertaining Editor,

Reviews other Europe.

Jenssen is a spirits, wine, food and travel writer, and a professional speaker. He is a co-author of several wine, food and beverage books, including The Fire Island Cookbook (Atria/Emily Bestler Books, April 2012).

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Kara Newman 

Spirits Editor,

Reviews spirits.

An active member of the New York cocktail and mixology scene, Kara Newman is the author of Cocktails for a Crowd (Chronicle Books, 2013) and has written about wine, spirits, and cocktails nationally for the last several years. Her articles have appeared in Wine Enthusiast, The New York Times, Imbibe, The San Francisco Chronicle, Gourmet, and Saveur, among others. Television and radio credits include ABC’s View From the Bay, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food on Sirius Radio, Heritage Radio Network, and The Splendid Table. She is also a cocktail consultant, national speaker and cocktail recipe developer.


Fiona Adams

Tasting Coordinator,

Native Brooklynite Fiona Adams’ excitement for wine was sparked at a young age by her father. Working in a handful of New York City wine shops, she developed her wine knowledge, eventually earning her Level 2 WSET certification. With a deepening passion for wine, Fiona explored other roles in the industry with a stint in Long Island wine country at a winery’s tasting room before joining Wine Enthusiast in 2014. In her role, Fiona hopes to share her passion for natural, organic and biodynamic wines.

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Carrie Dykes

Tasting Coordinator,

Joining Wine Enthusiast in 2015, Carrie has great passion and interest in the wine and beverage industry, as well as publishing, with years of experience in various wine-industry jobs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. She has been behind the bar and served as a sommelier at restaurants, hit the pavement as a sales rep, wrote freelance for various event and industry gigs, and kept an importer organized as an operations manager. Her beaming smile and upbeat personality make her instantly approachable, her love of wine and thirst for knowledge is immediately recognizable, and her superior organizational skills keeps our in-house tastings organized and efficient.


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Marco Turelli

Creative Director,

Marco joined the Wine Enthusiast team in 2006. He came from a colorful background of niche and entertainment magazines, and has been essential in successfully launching multiple titles as well as revitalizing creative for flagship magazines during his twenty years in publishing. While Marco was always destined for a career in the visual arts, he discovered a personal passion for wine, food and cooking in his early twenties and has been expanding his palate with reckless abandon ever since.

 Julia Lea

Julia Lea

Senior Art Director,

An intrepid solo traveler, Julia moved to the U.S. in 2005. She joined Wine Enthusiast in 2013, bringing with her years of niche food, lifestyle and travel art-direction experience. Her visual tenacity has streamlined the magazine’s front-of-book and lifestyle features into a feast of rich photography and graphic story telling. An accomplished artist and passionate foodie, Julia unashamedly uses every opportunity to grow her understanding of wine from her formidable colleagues at Wine Enthusiast.

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Megan Baggott

Photo Director,

Springing from a ceaseless spigot of energy, Meg brings unique perspectives in her contemporary style of imagery. Coming from a national publication, a global hospitality corporation and wine retail, Meg’s extensive experience with food, beverage and travel—in both pictures and in life—drew her to Wine Enthusiast. Since 2013, progressing the magazine’s visual storytelling of the wine-loving lifestyle, you can find Meg shooting, directing, producing, styling, rigging, lugging, dashing, or eating carrots at the craft services table.

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