About Wine & Spirits
Founded in 1982, Wine & Spirits is published eight times a year and read by over 200,000 members of America’s wine community. Consumers and wine professionals read the magazine for information on established and up-and-coming regions and producers, the art and science of viticulture, industry happenings and food and wine pairing. Wine & Spirits, the only wine publication to win the James Beard award five times for excellence in wine writing, evaluates more than 15,000 bottlings every year.
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Publisher & Editor
Editor and Publisher of Wine & Spirits since 1986, Joshua Greene began drinking wine with meals during a summer in Galicia, Spain, at the age of 13. In later years, he worked in wine shops in western Massachusetts and served as wine captain at Wheatleigh, a small inn in Lenox. After graduating from Princeton University in 1981, Greene pursued a career in magazines, focusing on the management of special-interest publications. His work with Wine & Spirits began on a consulting basis, eventually leading to his purchase of the magazine in 1989.
Greene has traveled extensively in the wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and all the major wine regions of the United States. In addition to his duties as editor and publisher, Greene serves as the critic for Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Portugal, Rioja, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He also writes feature stories and commentary for each issue of the magazine.
Tara Q. Thomas
Since Tara Q. Thomas joined Wine & Spirits in 1997, she’s traveled the wine world from Argentina to Australia. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, with more than 20 years of experience in the food and wine world, Tara puts her culinary knowledge to use as W&S’s resident food, and is the critic for the wines of Austria, Germany, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. She’s particularly enthusiastic about the wines of Greece, where she once lived and cooked. Outside of W&S, Tara has authored two books, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine Basics and The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wine; contributed to the Oxford Companion to Cheese as well as Oxford’s forthcoming volume on spirits; and writes a wine column for Culture: The Word on Cheese.
Patrick J. Comiskey
A former sommelier, Patrick J. Comiskey serves as the W&S critic for all domestic wines outside of California—including New York, Oregon and Washington—and contributes articles on the wines and viticulture of these areas. His wine travels include regular visits to US wine regions, as well as trips to France, Italy, Germany and Australia. Comiskey’s writing credentials include contributions to the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine section, the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appétit and the Robb Report, and also teaches classes and moderates panels on viticulture, wine tasting and various wine regions. His recent book, American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink (UC Press 2017), was shortlisted for the 2016 André Simon Food & Drink Book Award and 2017 Louis Roederer Domaine Faiveley Wine Book of the Year.
After graduating with a degree in journalism from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Patricio Tapia attended Bordeaux University in France, where he studied for a diploma in wine tasting and winemaking. Since then, he has visited wine regions around the world and authored several books, including his annual Descorchados, a Chilean wine guide; The Wines of Colchagua Valley; TodoVino and Wines for Great Occasions. Tapia is also the South American correspondent for The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine and Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Book. For the past three years, he’s been a host on the El Gourmet channel in South America. At Wine & Spirits, Tapia is the critic for the wines of Argentina, Chile and Spain, and regularly contributes articles on these regions.
Italian Wine Editor
Stephanie serves as critic for the wines of Italy, having passed the Tasting Director baton to Sarah Looper in January 2017.
Editorial & Tasting Team
Well known in the NYC wine world for her energy and infectious sense of humor, Sarah Sutel Looper moved from frequent tasting panel member to W&S tasting director. A graduate of UC Boulder and the CIA, where she studied baking and pastry, Sarah’s wine career has included stints at Blue Ribbon, the Metropolitan Opera House and Mas (farmhouse), and as a data specialist at SevenFifty.
Deanna kicked off her wine career as a sommelier at The Mandarin Oriental New York and Betony. After stints at Food & Wine Magazine and Vintry Fine Wines, she joined the W&S team in January 2017. A graduate of Penn State University and the International Culinary Center’s Classic Culinary Arts and Intensive Sommelier programs, Deanna moonlights as a private chef in her home state of New Jersey.
A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Alliso did a harvest at Soter Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and worked at Frankly Wines in NYC before joining the editorial team at W&S. Having spent six months in Melbourne in 2013, she’s long had a deep interest in Australian wines.
Rachel spent 15 years working in restaurants, making a name for herself as a star bartender in NYC, Houston and Austin, where her work at Qui earned her an Eater Young Gun award in 2015. She’s now a tasting coordinator for W&S, as well as the resident drink-mixer.
Sales, Marketing & Finance Team
Samantha Johnson (Groseth)
Before joining Wine & Spirits, Samantha spent her days in Boston where she moved from a strategic planning role at The Boston Globe for their Design New England and Fashion Boston magazines to managing a popular restaurant. While planning a move to New York City, she realized her passion and drive for the publishing world didn’t fulfill her need for a high-energy atmosphere as the restaurant business did. Then she stumbled upon what would be the perfect mix: a role within the publishing world that kept her close to the restaurant industry—at Wine & Spirits magazine. Within three years she’s gone from Sales Associate to Associate Publisher.
Roy Schneider Jr.
Director of Finance
Roy joined Wine & Spirits in 2003 to oversee the daily and long-term finances of the magazine. He handles cash flow works alongside the publisher to develop and fine tune strategic plans; Roy also manages basic business operations of the company—from IT to human resources. If there’s a problem, he’ll solve it.
Having begun his career on Wall Street, Roy holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and has worked for a number of corporate and boutique firms from New York to Japan. While he clearly enjoys wines—having, over the years, sampled many thousands—he remains true to his Caribbean roots and maintains a primary love for rum.
An acclaimed creative director with 20+ years of experience guiding the vision of top brands, magazines, artists, and properties, Mike is skilled in conceptualizing high-impact campaigns and developing brand identities. He was apart of Black Enterprise before joining Wine & Spirits.
Production Director/Web Designer
After graduating from CUNY Baruch College with a BA in Graphic Communications, Vivian earned her certification in Web Development with Open Standards at her alma mater in 2012. Vivian’s design adventures started at Marvel Entertainment as an intern, then as a junior designer. Now with 10 years of print and digital design experience, she manages print production for Wine & Spirits and just completed a redesign of the company’s website using Expression Engine.