DAVID WHITEFOUNDER AND EDITOR
David White is a wine writer in Washington DC. A member of the Society of Wine Educators, David has his Level 3 (Advanced, with Merit) certificate in wine and spirits from the London-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust and has traveled extensively through the vineyards of Northern California, Oregon, Virginia, South Africa, and Argentina. David writes a nationally syndicated wine column that's hosted by Palate Press and his wine writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on a number of TV and radio programs (including Grape Radio) and has been called one of America's 9 most important wine bloggers. He was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Nederburg Rare South African Wine Auction, the New World’s oldest wine auction.
Rebecca, the token Texan Terroirist, fell in love with wine on a cliché semester abroad in Florence. Her first crush was a 1997 Brunello di Montalcino (swoon). While she still holds a special place in her heart for big Italian reds, she now loves almost all fermented grapes. When she’s not studying for the next WSET exam (currently Level 3 certified – Advanced with Merit), she is catching up on corporate finance, accounting, or statistics as a first year student at Columbia Business School. When she graduates, she hopes to do something entrepreneurial that combines her passion for wine with strategy/marketing. If you have ideas — or recs on oenophilic spots in NYC — please contact her!
Like one in every twelve people in Washington DC, Scott is an attorney by day. He and his wife Lily fell in love with each other, and wine, while visiting Sonoma and Napa seven years ago. Since getting married, they’ve traveled to wine country in Chile, South Africa and Italy, and several regions in the United States. A bottle of sparkling wine is always open in their kitchen, but they also enjoy almost every variety of grape from all over the world, with a focus on France and Germany, as well as cooler-climate or classically-styled California wines. When not sipping wine, Scott is watching hockey or playing with his dog, Bruno, who thinks the 100-point scale should be replaced with a system of barks and tail-wags.
Winn Roberton works as a sommelier at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Washington, DC. Winn originally developed an interest in wine while studying at Penn State University, after recognizing that wine also encompasses other things he loves -- foreign languages, geography, food, and travel. Winn developed his craft of service while working for chefs Michael Mina, Tom Colicchio, Mario Batali, and others in Las Vegas . If Winn had to list a few “favorite” wine regions, they would include Italy, the Anderson & Napa Valleys, and anything with Mourvedre on the vine.
Keith resides in Chicago, the city where he was born and raised. But it was while living in New Jersey and studying at Rutgers that he caught the wine bug. Since falling for wine nearly ten years ago, Keith's passion has led him across the United States to taste with fellow wine geeks. And for the past five years, he's worked on the retail side of the wine industry as a wine specialist at Binny's Beverage Depot, where his knowledge has grown enormously. Keith is most excited about the wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Piedmont, Oregon, and the Rhone, but if it's in his glass, he'll drink it. You can follow his notes on CellarTracker.
Salil Benegal developed an interest in wine when travelling in Australia and New Zealand during his undergraduate years. He's also spent time travelling through the vineyards of New York and Northern California, but is particularly passionate about the wines of Germany, Austria, the Loire Valley and the Northern Rhone. He presently resides in Connecticut, where he's researching environmental policy full-time as a doctoral student. You can read more about his academic work here.
ISAAC JAMES BAKER
Isaac James Baker has worked as a freelance writer, editor and newspaper reporter, and he is currently chipping away at a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. Isaac’s poetry, fiction, essays and reporting have appeared in publications around the world. He’s worked the wine bar, the harvest, the crush, and is attempting to make his own chardonnay in Virginia. When he’s not drinking wine or writing, he can be found surfing frigid cold East Coast beach breaks. He blogs about “Reading, Writing & Wine.”
Sarah Trubnick resides in San Francisco where she owns and operates The Barrel Room, a wine bar with a unique selection of small production wines from around the world. Her love of wine, discovered while pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at UCLA, has lead her around the world working harvests and writing about wine throughout Europe, South America, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and of course across the United States. Though much of her time is devoted to running her small business, she tries to make room for travel multiple times a year to wine regions around the world. She holds a WSET Level 3 Advanced certificate as well as a sommelier certification from the Sommelier Society of America.