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Wine Enthusiast Adds Two New California Tasters To Expand Coverage - Press Release

Publication Tastes More Wines in California Than Any Other Wine Magazine
by Press Release
March 06, 2014

Now in its 26th year of publishing, it is with great pride that Wine Enthusiast announces the expansion of its editorial team in California, with the addition of two new contributing editors, Matt Kettmann and Jim Gordon, who join veteran contributing editor Virginie Boone.

"Wine Enthusiast now rates more California wines than any other wine magazine in the world, and the addition of such renowned journalists and tasters as Matt and Jim, who will be working alongside our established editor Virginie Boone, is a perfect completion to our editorial commitment in this extremely important market,” says Adam Strum, Editor and Publisher of Wine Enthusiast.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and will review and report 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.

Jim Gordon, a 30-year veteran of the wine industry, will review and report 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.

Matt Kettmann will review and report on wines from the Central and South Coasts of California for the magazine. Santa-Barbara based Kettmann is senior editor of the weekly newspaper The Santa Barbara Independent, for which he has covered local news, lifestyle and beverage beats since 1999, and has also 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 summer, 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.

All contributing editors will be responsible not only for reviewing wines within their regions, but also providing key editorial content, news and trends for both the print magazine and the Wine Enthusiast Web site,

Gordon and Kettmann join Wine Enthusiast's 15-person tasting team, which combined offers more than 100 years of wine journalism and tasting experience, and reviews as many as 20,000 wines per year.

For detailed information on where to send California samples, please review our California AVA Breakdown Sheet. Please also include a completed Wine Submission Formwith any sample shipment.

Wine Enthusiast Global Tasting Panel

Roger Voss: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Portugal
Joe Czerwinski: Rhône Valley, Australia, New Zealand
Lauren Buzzeo: Languedoc-Roussillon, South Africa, Beer
Kerin O'Keefe: Italy
Michael Schachner: Argentina, Chile, Spain
Anne Krebeihl: Austria
Susan Kostrzewa: Greece and Cyprus
Jeff Jenssen: Other Europe
Mike DeSimone: Israel, Other Asia, Other Africa
Virginie Boone, Jim Gordon, Matt Kettmann: California
Paul Gregutt: Oregon, Washington State
Sean Sullivan: Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, Canada
Anna Lee Iijima: Germany, New York, Other Europe
Andrew Hoover: Virginia, Other U.S.
Kara Newman: Spirits

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