About Wine & Spirits
Founded in 1982, Wine & Spirits is published seven 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, Argentina, 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.
Italian Wine Editor
Stephanie serves as critic for the wines of Italy, having passed the Tasting Director baton to Sarah Looper in January 2017.
Rachel DelRocco Terrazas
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. She is the critic for Mexican wines.
Sales, Marketing & Finance Team
Having spent nearly a decade in the marketing world, Chloe followed her enthusiasm for wine to work at a wine marketing company, before joining the team at Wine & Spirits. She loves using creative strategy to help brands tell their stories and connect with their audiences. Chloe holds a Level 3 (Advanced) Certification from the WSET, as well as specializations in French and Italian wine.
Raylene spent three years as a street musician in Europe, traveling through six different countries before settling in Paris. Her time in France was an education in a new type of travel—tasting. She returned to the states with a thirst for developing her palate and spent seven years in the restaurant industry both in Chicago and NYC. This winding journey of following her curiosity for taste is what led to her to W&S, where she manages marketing communications and liaises with wineries for events.
Louise comes to W&S from Hudson Wine Brokers in Los Angeles, where she served as Market Development Manager for the West Coast. For seven years, Louise worked with Wine Australia North America, first as the Event Coordinator, later as the Event Manager, bringing her experience with all facets of event production to our projects. She holds a Bachelor of Wine Marketing from the University of Adelaide, as well as an intermediate certificate from the WSET.
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.
As the former creative director of WWD magazine and Adweek magazine in New York Nick has extensive experience in the areas of advertising, marketing and branding.
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.