BA with honors, State University of New York, College at New Paltz.
Senior Producer/Writer, Learning Resources Center, CIA. Sommelier and Maître d'Hôtel, Depuy Canal House, High Falls, NY; 1820 House, Stone Ridge, NY. Wine and Food Consultant, Roger Smith Hotel, NYC; Free State Brewery, Lawrence, KS; PepsiCo; Frito-Lay; Guiness International; American Specialty & Craft Beer Co.; Foodcom, Inc.; International Olive Oil Council. Editor and Project Director, Olive Oil: A Guide for Culinary Professionals. Wine Columnist: Salon.com. Wine Columnist and Contributing Editor, The Valley Table. Contributing Writer, Wine & Spirits; Wine from Spain News: International Cookbook Revue; The National Culinary Review. Wine and Food Critic, The Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY. Food and Culture Writer, Up River/Down River magazine. Art and Media Critic, The Woodstock Times, Woodstock, NY. Executive Director, Ulster County Council for the Arts; One-Artist Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Retrospective Exhibition: Miami Center for Contemporary Art, Miami; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; San Francisco Art Institute. Faculty, Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY; State University of New York at New Paltz; Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ.
Wine & Spirits magazine Best Books of 2010 for Exploring Wine, 2010. James Beard Foundation Award, Beverage Book of the Year for WineWise, 2009. Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year (WineWise), 2009. Distinguished Service Award from the Italian Trade Commission for Commitment and Contributions to Italian Wine, 2009. Educator of the Year, European Wine Council, 2007. Winner of the Versailles Book Prize for Best American Wine Book and Golden Circle Award, Best Global Wine Book, 1999 for A Sense of Place, prizes awarded in Paris, France.
Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Complete Guide to Wines of the World (published by Wiley, and nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Wine & Spirits Book, 1997; second edition published in Autumn, 2001; completely revised third edition published 2010). This book is used as a wine text in dozens of academic and professional wine courses in the U.S. and abroad, including the CIA, UC Davis, UNLV, and the Sommelier Society of America. WineWise, a consumer-focused wine book (Wiley, 2008). Italian Cooking at Home (Wiley, 2011). A Sense of Place: An Intimate Portrait of the Niebaum-Coppola Winery and the Napa Valley
Society of Wine Educators. Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Artists Public Service.