Meet the Team
Editor & Publisher, Wine Enthusiast Media
In addition to being the President & Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Media, Strum also founded ThirstyNest. Previously, she worked in running communications and new business development for Wine Enthusiast Companies as well as holding public relations and digital media roles for global brands at Hunter Public Relations, Mission Media and UrbanDaddy. Strum completed an Advanced Degree with Distinction with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and graduated from George Washington University.
Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon. Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, previously responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. In 2017, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor of Print, which expanded in late 2019 to manage the editor teams and content of the print publication and website, winemag.com. 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, though she is often seen out and about promoting her tasting regions of South Africa and the South of France. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association). Read more
Turelli 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.
Digital Creative Director
An intrepid traveler, Julia Lea immigrated from Australia in 2004. She joined Wine Enthusiast in 2013, bringing with her years of experience in food, lifestyle and travel art direction. Her clean, streamlined aesthetic is seen across winemag.com templates, features and overall design. She gained the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award with distinction, and continues to unashamedly grow her understanding of wine from her formidable colleagues.
Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Simon joined Wine Enthusiast in 2016 after establishing herself as a go-to branding design professional for the event and hospitality industries. In addition to her fresh and modern design for the magazine, Simon possesses an acute attention to detail and unmistakable originality. She’s also created a wide range of bold illustrations for the website and the magazine and has inspired us to bust out our color pencils with her enviable interpretation of the site’s adult coloring pages.
Reviews wines from Italy and New York. In addition to holding Level 3 Certification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Peartree has worked in many facets of the wine world, including years of winery experience in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, public relations experience and over three years at Wine Enthusiast in the Tasting and Review department. With a clear understanding of the production, import and public relations sectors, Peartree manages the daily operations, communications and content of the Tasting Department, as well as writing articles for the print magazine and website. Read more
Associate Managing Editor, Print
Reviews wines from Alsace. Schlack has written and edited stories about cooking, dining, spirits, entertaining and travel, as well as developed recipes, in various editorial roles at Fine Cooking and Hemispheres. Her writing has won a NATJA award. When she’s not editing Wine Enthusiast’s food, spirits 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. Read more
Associate Managing Editor, Digital
Formerly the editor-in-chief of VinePair, Emily Saladino joined Wine Enthusiast in 2019. She has covered food, beverage, travel and culture for Bloomberg, BBC, Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure and others. A graduate of International Culinary Center, Saladino has worked as a recipe developer, an editor at Google, a bartender and a line cook. Read more
Senior Digital Editor
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 cocktail garnish. Read more
Richard joined the editorial team of Wine Enthusiast in 2017 after relocating to New York from her home state of Massachusetts. Her fascination with beverage history and the science of drinks acts as a guiding force in her work. When she’s not lost down a rabbit hole of esoteric booze knowledge, you can usually find her camping or rocking out to metal bands. Read more
Assistant Digital Editor
Gaither has written for publications like Plate, Grub Street, Eater and VinePair, among others. She is also a research journalist for Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible, has worked as a food and beverage copywriter and authored countless wine label tasting notes. Joining Wine Enthusiast in 2020, Gaither is passionate about Champagne and Burgundy, and drinks copious amounts of both daily. Read more
Topps is an NYC-based writer and editor. With bylines in Plate, Oprah Magazine, Business Insider, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Better Homes & Gardens, her writing covers wine, food, spirits, culture, race, health and the LGBTQ community. When she’s not writing, editing or traveling, you can find her binge-watching Lifetime movies and enjoying a glass or two of Burgundy. Read more
While relatively new to the wine world, Jesse Reiter's knowledge and passion for photography runs deep. He brings over 15 years of experience in visual production and photo department management to the Wine Enthusiast team, which he joined in 2019. A native of New York City, Reiter enjoys trying new cuisines with his family (and then trying to replicate them at home), spending time in nature and rock climbing. He is now experiencing a new found passion for wine and has been working hard on growing his palate.
Associate Photo Producer
Tom Arena works with the Wine Enthusiast art team to create photography and visuals that bring content from the magazine and website to life. If he’s not in the photo studio, Arena can be found arguing with his cat about what to watch on Netflix. He is a New York native and now resides in Rockland County.
Associate Digital Designer
Eric DeFreitas joined Wine Enthusiast in 2019. He previously worked for Honest Creative designing for lifestyle and tourism brands such as The Valley Table and Hudson Valley Tourism. When DeFrietas is not working, you can find him checking out art galleries and enjoying craft beer.
Assistant Tasting Director
Reviews wines from Other U.S. 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. Read more
A native New Yorker, Chamberlain first learned of his love of wine during a trip to the Virginia's Rappahannock Valley with his wife. Coming from an extensive background in the hospitality industry, Chamberlain joined Wine Enthusiast's Tasting & Review department in 2017. When he's not pursuing his sommelier certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers, he enjoys pairing wines with game caught while hunting and fishing.
William (Bill) Johnson left the Army with bucolic visions of vineyards and winemaking. After working as a harvest hand and an assistant winemaker in the Northeast, Johnson joined the Wine Enthusiast team in the summer of 2019. In his free time, Johnson enjoys exercising, improving his foreign language skills and home winemaking.
Social Media Manager
Estrella joined Wine Enthusiast in 2016 and manages all aspects of the magazine’s social media program. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Estrella developed a love of wine while living in California and continued to develop her wine knowledge working in wine bars, eventually completing her Level 2 Certification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). She has a background in graphic design, a penchant for quirky coffee shops and never turns down a glass of bubbly.
Social Media Coordinator
Reviews wines from Portugal and 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 France (except those from the Rhône, Languedoc, Alsace and Burgundy) and Portugal. Read more
Reviews wines from Italy. Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. 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 winesearcher.com. 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). Read more
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. Read more
Anna Lee C. Iijima
Reviews wines from Germany, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. 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 a 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 sake and shōchū often rivals her devotion to wine. Read more
Reviews wines from Australia and New Zealand. A native of New York who has spent years living abroad in London and Perth, Australia, Pickard’s work has previously appeared in publications such as Australia’s Gourmet Traveller Wine, James Halliday’s Wine Companion, Scoop Magazine, Decanter and Wine Enthusiast. She was the co-host of the popular podcast, The Crush, as well as a regular presenter on various TV shows. Pickard is excited to share her vast knowledge and great passion for the wines of both Australia and New Zealand. Read more
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. Read more
Reviews wines from California. Having Joined Wine Enthusiast in 2014, Jim Gordon reviews wines from California. Gordon was the editor of Wines & Vines for 12 years and is the former executive director of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books, James Beard Award-finalist Opus Vino, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines. He is the former managing editor of Wine Spectator and former editor in chief of Wine Country Living magazine, for whom he helped create Wine Country Living TV with KNTV in San Francisco. He lives in Napa Valley where he writes, cooks, gardens and is an amateur winemaker. Read more
Reviews wines from California. Matt Kettmann reviews and reports on wines from the Central and South Coasts of California for the magazine. A fifth-generation Californian originally from San Jose, Kettmann is a senior editor for The Santa Barbara Independent, the weekly newspaper/daily website where he started his journalism career in 1999 after graduating from UC-Santa Barbara with an anthropology degree. He's reported on wine and more for for the New York Times, Time Magazine and Wine Spectator, among other publications. He is the author of Vines & Visions: The Winemakers of Santa Barbara County, a 632-page profile of the region, and is currently updating the Southern California chapter for The Oxford Companion to Wine. Kettmann has made small batches of noncommercial wine almost every vintage since 2012, and lives in the Santa Barbara suburbs with his Bordeaux-born wife and their two kids, where they grow one vine of Zinfandel, originally from Santa Cruz Island. Read more
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. Read more
Sean P. Sullivan
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 online publication dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. The site is a four-time finalist and two-time winner for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ from the Wine Blog Awards. Sullivan also writes regularly for Seattle Metropolitan, Washington Tasting Room, Washington State Wine Tour Guide and is a contributor to Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book. Sullivan resides in Seattle, Washington. Read more
Reviews wines from 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). Read more
Reviews wines from 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). Read more
Reviews spirits. An active member of the New York cocktail and mixology scene, Kara Newman is the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. 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. Read more
Reviews beers. John Holl is a journalist covering the beer industry. He is the author of several books including The American Craft Beer Cookbook (Storey Publishing, 2013). He is the host of the Drink Beer, Think Beer podcast and co-host of Steal This Beer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and more. John has lectured on the culture and history of beer and judged beer competitions around the world. Read more
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. Read more
Contributing Editor, Travel
Lauren Mowery is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger who has contributed wine- and spirits-related travel content to publications like Fodors.com, Lonely Planet, Voyeur (Virgin Australia’s inflight publication), Forbes, USA Today, Men’s Journal and Time Out, among others. Pursuing her Master of Wine certification, she has also been a regular wine and spirits writer for Tasting Panel, Somm Journal, Punch and SevenFifty Daily. Mowery is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Fordham Law School, and transitioned from a Manhattan law career to wine via a role with the wine group at Gilt Taste. Today, she spends nearly six months of her year on the road. Read more
Senior Digital Advertising Director
Greg Remillard is responsible for keeping Wine Enthusiast the category leader in digital advertising through the development of innovative online activations, new products and partnerships. Prior to joining WE in 2014, Remillard was the General Manager of Fairchild Fashion Group Internet (Condé Nast).
Senior Director of Operations & Events
Jen Cortellini's expertise, connections and broad vision lead her team to produce events and manage partnerships that are memorable and exceed expectations. She maintains a big-picture philosophy with a focus on client goals and a critical eye on the details. Her ability to handle a variety of assignments simultaneously makes her an agile part of the team. She came to WE after many years in the financial world to follow her passion for wine.
West Coast Account Manager
Karen Hackett lives in Southern Oregon and manages accounts in the Pacific Northwest and parts of California. She is a California Wine Appellation Specialist and attended the San Francisco wine school for three years.
Central Coast Account Manager
Prior to Wine Enthusiast, Laurie Robertson was in advertising sales at iconic publications such as USA TODAY, Taste of Home, and Sunset. Her enthusiasm for the wine industry and media experience provides a valuable combination for her clients. Robertson is a California native, who is passionate about wine, food, and travel.
Florida & Buying Guide Manager
Denise Valenza oversees the sales and marketing for our Wine, Spirits and Beer Buying Guides. Since joining Wine Enthusiast in 1996, she has been responsible for identifying & developing creative sales opportunities and growing partnerships. She resides in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and three daughters.
East Coast Account Manager
After years of experience in the production, planning, buying, research and development of marketing campaigns, Kalaher took a role at a start-up called Real Simple and joined the world of publishing. There, she realized her passion for the sales role and loved working on the front line hoping to help clients by providing custom solutions. Although she is new to the wine world, Kalaher loves the challenge of this evolving category and meeting people from all over the world.
Senior Account Manager
As an East Coast Account Manager for WE, Sherrill Flaum develops relationships while building successful marketing plans to fit the goals of her clients. Previously, she was director, network development at TV Guide, where she created cross-platform initiatives for entertainment clients and was able to meet her TV idol, Mariska Hargitay. She is a proud, hardworking mommy.
Digital Advertising Producer
Keri D’Onofrio manages and produces digital programs for advertising partners. She spent years partnering with brands to develop custom products for a variety of audiences. D'Onofrio has over 10 years of media experience with a background in content development, strategy, marketing and business development. She has fond memories of making wine with her Italian grandfather and is fascinated by all facets of the wine industry.
Digital Advertising Coordinator
Caitlin Micek is responsible for digital advertising production, social media management and working with digital advertisers to ensure their campaigns are executed successfully. She studied communications and business at American University in Washington, D.C.
Manager of Events & Production
Jennifer Sullivan joined Wine Enthusiast in 2015, bringing prior experience working in the events space as well as her extreme attention to detail. She is responsible for helping all Wine Enthusiast events come to life. In her free time, Sullivan, aka Sulls, enjoys binging on the Food Network, penne alla vodka pizza and copious amounts of candy.
Events & Production Assistant
Abigail Turrisi joined Wine Enthusiast in 2020. Prior to working at WE, she interned at the Philadelphia Inquirer, CNBC, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Turrisi graduated from Temple University with a BA in Media Studies and Production. She enjoys traveling and eating pasta and is eager to learn more about the world of wine.
Buying Guide Advertising Coordinator
Freas joined Wine Enthusiast in 2021. She collaborates with spirit and beer clients, helping them advertise their products that were tasted and reviewed for our buying guide. Outside of work, Freas enjoys all things food and drink. She is eager to learn more about the wine, spirits and beer world.
Senior Web Developer
Originally from Georgia, one of the oldest wine regions in the world, Irakli Khakhviashvili joined Wine Enthusiast in 2017. His lead role is essential in managing, updating and maintaining the company's online presence. When Irakli is not immersed in his code, he likes spending time with his daughter, hanging out with friends, going out hiking, running and exploring new places.
A veteran of the web, Chris helps brings Wine Enthusiast to life online. Just as enthusiastic about drinking a New World Pinot Noir as a he is a Pilsner, Chris joined Wine Enthusiast in the fall of 2019. When not working on the site, Chris gravitates toward other projects at the intersection of his hobbies and technology.
Suzanne Normoyle is the controller at Wine Enthusiast Companies, where she oversees the publishing business. Normoyle previously worked at Micro Warehouse, first as an accounting clerk and eventually becoming the manager of financial controls. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound, and lives in Westchester, New York with her husband and son.
Director Print Production
Barbara Gianisis maximizes circulation and distribution strategies for Wine Enthusiast's Media and Catalog departments. With a background in database marking and prior experience working with Micro Warehouse, Best Buy and Tabcom, she can keep production costs in check while maintaining the beauty of our printed products.
Wine Enthusiast Companies
Adam M. Strum
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer/Editor & Publisher Emeritus
Chief Brand Officer
President, Wine Enthusiast Commerce
President & Publisher, Wine Enthusiast Media
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Vice President Of Sales
Vice President Of Technology