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Kate Astle ditched a lucrative corporate business, went fishing for a few years, then settled down in Portland and launched astleink, a small freelance writing and editing endeavor. A bonafide foodie and wine afficianado, she hopes to eventually make her way to Yamhill County, where friends and vineyards await.
Jessica Cortell grew up on the Oregon coast prior to attending Oregon State University where she received a M.S degree in Horticulture and a Ph.D in Food Science and Technology. Currently, she manages her own consulting and vineyard management company Vitis Terra Vineyard Services and teaches at the Chemeketa Northwest Viticulture Center.
Jennifer Cossey discovered her interests in wine while going to school in California and has since worked in a variety of capacities in the industry. Currently, she works as the wine director for Veritable Quandary in Portland. She is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators. In addition to her role as a contributing writer and columnist for Oregon Wine Press, Jennifer also writes for Sommelier Journal, Northwest Palate Magazine, 1859, Wine Press Northwest, OPB and Mix Magazine.
John Darling is an Ashland freelance writer and regular contributor to the Mail Tribune in Medford and the Ashland Daily Tidings, as well as many magazines. He's lived in Oregon 40 years, was a political reporter in the Oregon legislature for UPI, legislative assistant in the Oregon Senate, correspondent for The Oregonian, reporter and news director for KOBI-TV in Medford, teacher of journalism at Southern Oregon University, and writer of many documentaries for Southern Oregon Public Television, including one on Crater Lake for PBS.
Journalist Janet Eastman has traveled the world, most recently for the Los Angeles Times, and has written about everything from cloud forests to training snakes. But her favorite subject is Oregon wine, now and its future. For national magazines and her popular Examiner.com column, she drills hands-in-the-soil decision-makers to deliver insight on their experiments, and she tests the results in a bottle. She lives on vineyard property in Ashland and appreciates that she no longer has to explain what Tempranillo is. Her stories and photographs can be seen at www.janeteastman.com
Mat Elmore is a freelance writer focused on sustainability issues in the Oregon wine industry. Born and raised on the windy plains of Oklahoma, Mat attended Colorado College where he studied philosophy and eventually found a second home in the vineyards of Oregon. Voracious reader and passionate advocate of lawn games like petanque and bocce ball, he lives in Portland's Mississippi neighborhood.
Christine began her formal exploration of cheese in 1998 working the retail counter at the original Central Market in Austin, Texas. From there, she worked for Anco Fine Cheese as a trainer in Texas and with metro Portland-based DPI Northwest doing cheese marketing and education. In 2004, Christine created Cheese Chick LLC, a boutique cheese education and marketing company, through which she works with cheesemakers, retailers and consumers, to promote understanding of one of nature’s most intriguing foods. In 2005, she launched www.cheese-chick.com. The site features educational content, recipes and video, including the Meet Your Maker video segments showcasing Oregon artisans. Christine serves as President of the American Cheese Society, the cheese industry’s premier professional organization. A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Christine now savors cheese and life in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her husband, Matt and sons Aiden and Will. She’s a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., with a degree in English.
Andrea Johnson is a freelance photographer specializing in wine and travel. She has covered many of the world's wine regions, and her photographs are regularly featured in publications such as Wine Spectator, VIA, Sunset, San Francisco Chronicle, and National Geographic Traveler. Her previous books include photography for Rick Steves' Europe through the Back Door, and her commercial clients are many of the most prestigious pinot noir producers worldwide. She is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers and American Society of Media photographers.
Leah Joregensen is a communications expert who has worked in the wine industry for over a decade. She consults for several Northwest wineries and writes about travel, spirituality, wine and gluten-free living. Leah holds a certificate in wine from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, LTD, and has worked in all tiers of the wine industry, including managing wine retail, working for a distributor and working on the supplier end. Leah now consults wine businesses in the northwest with marketing and communication solutions, and is enrolled in the winemaking program at the Northwest Viticulture Center at Chemeketa. For more information, visit www.leahjorgensen.com.
Kerry Newberry chases stories about people through wine, food and farms. She contributes regularly to the Oregon Wine Press. Her work has also appeared in Edible Portland, NW Palate, The Oregonian, Portrait of Portland, Sommelier Journal, Tasting Panel Magazine and Willamette Week. Follow Oregon's food and wine scene with her on Twitter at twitter.com/kerrynewberry.
Douglas Pike is a 16-year member of the National Cartoonists Society. His work has been used by Forbes, CNBC, McGraw-Hill, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, former CNBC senior analyst Ron Insana, The Munder Fund, Dick Davis Digest, GE Private Asset Management, The Wine Advocate, Standard & Poor's and many others. His first book, "Gone With The Wine," published by W.A.G. Publishing, was released in July 2009. Douglas has an MBA from the University of Chicago and obtained his art education at Rutgers University and Arizona State University. He is a 20-year resident of Scottsdale, AZ, where he lives with his wife, son and Dachshund. See more of his work at www.doubtfulaccounts.com.
Mark Stock is a Gonzaga University alum hopelessly in love with the Pacific Northwest. He studied journalism, but like most people, makes a living off doing something completely different. A fan of Portland music, soccer, fly-fishing and percussion, Mark hopes to one day — as cliché would have it — be a published author.
Eric Weisinger is a traveling winemaker and winery consultant. A native of Oregon, Eric currently divides his year between winemaking and consulting in the Marlborough region of New Zealand and the Rogue Valley region of Southern Oregon.