Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 25 years. He became editor of Wines & Vines
in 2006. Gordon credits his job as editor of the St. Helena Star
newspaper in Napa Valley in the 1980s with introducing him to the wine business and many of its modern-day pioneers. He was managing editor of Wine Spectator
for 12 years, and editor-in-chief of Appellation/Wine Country Living
magazine for four, during which time he helped create "Wine Country Living TV" for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. Gordon was VP of content for Drinks.com during the dot-com boom. He began his journalism career on the campus newspaper at Denison University in Ohio. After graduation he became a daily newspaper reporter. Gordon has attended the UC Davis Wine Executive Program, participated in numerous extension classes in viticulture and enology through UC Davis, planted a small vineyard of his own, and has made wine since 1989 without bothering to sell any.
Kate Lavin joined Wines & Vines
in 2008 and was named managing editor in 2011. She oversees print and online content for Wines & Vines
, where she guides daily news dispatches and feature-length articles from rough draft through publication. Lavin completed the UC Davis Wine Executive Program and the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood. She has reported on stories from Healdsburg to Hong Kong. Lavin holds a bachelor's degree in print journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has worked in newsrooms from New York City to San Francisco. In autumn 2009, 2010 and 2013 she and the Wines & Vines
staff harvested and crushed their own wine. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Adams has been writing for Wines & Vines since 2011. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism and went on to work as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Oregon and California. In addition to his experience in journalism, Adams worked for several years in the cellar and lab for wineries in Napa Valley.
Practical Winery & Vineyard Editor
For 33 years Don Neel has traveled grapegrowing regions in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe to obtain the best winegrowing information and share it with readers in the industry.
Jane Wittrock Firstenfeld has been part of the Wines & Vines
family since 1972, when her publishing career and wine education began. During that dynamic decade, while the U.S. wine industry began to take shape, she served as circulation manager, proofreader and Buyer's Guide editor. During the 1980s, she was a writer/editor for numerous publications, and produced documentary and promotional videos for the statewide media organization, McCune Audio/Video.
From 1989 through 2001, she lived and worked in La Paz, BCS, Mexico, where she translated news and produced English language supplements for leading newspapers, ran Claro Communications, a bilingual advertising and PR company, and with her late husband, founded The Dock Cafè in the Marina de la Paz. She began contributing freelance articles to Wines & Vines
in 1992, and in 2002 returned to the magazine on a regular basis. Now contributing editor in charge of news and packaging articles, she can be reached at email@example.com
Paul Franson writes about wine and winemaking for both consumers and the wine business. He was formerly editor of a national business magazine, and has written for many publications, including Wine Business Monthly
, Wine Enhusiast
, The San Francisco Chronicle
, Food & Wine
and the Napa Valley Register
, as well as his own newsletter NapaLife. He maintains two websites, napalife.com
. Franson wrote Spinning the Bottle
, a book about wine industry public relations with Harvey Posert, and is working on another wine marketing book.
Cliff Ohmart, Ph.D.
Cliff Ohmart writes the Vineyard View column for Wines & Vines. Since 2009 he has been vice president of professional services for SureHarvest, a company that provides solutions for growers interested in developing sustainable programs. Previously he served as sustainable winegrowing director for the Lodi Winegrape Commission, where he helped develop a nationally recognized sustainable winegrowing program and created the Lodi-Winegrower's Workbook program and the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program, California's first third party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. He has presented more than 300 seminars, conference papers and symposia papers and serves on the boards of Protected Harvest, the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists and the Advisory Board of the Cal Poly Center for Sustainability.
Peter Mitham writes about viticulture and the wine business from Vancouver, British Columbia, where he has lived since 1998. A seasoned business writer, he began writing about the wine industry in earnest following a visit to Napa in November 1997. He has contributed to Wines & Vines
since 2000, and currently keeps an eye on the dynamic Pacific Northwest region. In addition to his work for Wines & Vines
, he is a contributor to Opus Vino
(DK, 2010) and writes regularly on real estate markets in the U.S. and Canada.