About

Vinous

Vinous is our vision of a modern-day wine media platform that places consumers inside the conversation and encourages them to form their own opinions. Vinous brings together professional reviews, the stories behind the wines and the perspectives of our readers in over 55 countries using multimedia and leading edge technology. We visit hundreds of wineries each year, allowing us to offer unparalleled, first-hand insight into the world of wine.

Since launching in May 2013, Vinous has become one of the fastest growing wine content websites in the world. Regular features include comprehensive reviews of new releases from the world's major wine regions, vertical tastings and retrospectives, in-depth videos shot on location, Vinous Favorites - our top picks under $25, Cellar Favorites - which features older wines, and Vinous Table, where we profile our top eating and drinking destinations.

In November 2014, Vinous announced its acquisition of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Please also see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Team

Antonio Galloni – Founder 

Antonio Galloni’s career as one of the most trusted and respected wine critics in the world spans nearly a decade. In 2004, while a graduate student at MIT, Antonio founded Piedmont Report, the first in-depth, English language journal solely focused on Italian wine. Antonio's success led him to Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate where he became the lead critic and covered the wines of California, Italy, Burgundy and Champagne. At TWA Antonio spearheaded the production of video content, developed numerous public events and seminars such as his highly anticipated “La Festa del Barolo,” and ran numerous charitable events. Vinous is the continuation of a vision for a contemporary wine media platform first conceived by Antonio with Piedmont Report in 2004.

For Antonio's full bio and a high resolution picture, click here.

Regions covered: Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Italy, Champagne, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Mountains and Burgundy


Stephen D. Tanzer, Editor in Chief

Stephen was editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly International Wine Cellar, an independent journal read by wine professionals and other wine lovers in all 50 states and 34 countries, and the first American wine periodical to be translated into French and Japanese.

Tanzer is the author of The WineAccess Buyer's Guide (Sterling Publishing), a concise yet comprehensive guide to the best bottles and producers from virtually every important wine region of the world. Tanzer has also served as Senior Editor and wine columnist for Food & Wine magazine and wrote Food & Wine's Official Wine Guide in 1998 and 1999. Previously, he was the wine columnist for Forbes FYI.

Tanzer samples well over 10,000 wines annually, spending several months each year tasting and discussing wines with their makers, both in the U.S. and abroad. 

Regions covered: Burgundy, Chablis, Washington, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand, Port, Tokaj and Napa Valley

Joshua Raynolds, Editor

Josh’s interest in wine was kindled in the early 1980s while he was at Boston University, pursuing an English degree that he received in 1985. The crash of 1987 put a merciful end to a short-lived stint in the financial world and he decided to make the plunge into the wine trade, beginning in retail in Washington, D.C. and spending the better part of 1989 and 1990 visiting and working in vineyards and cellars in France and Germany. In 1993 he moved to New York to work for a national importer, traveling across the country to represent the portfolio until 2005, when Steve Tanzer asked him to join the International Wine Cellar. Over the last decade Josh has been a regular participant, speaker and judge at wine conferences around the country and contributed articles to Wine & Spirits magazine when there’s time to break away from attending to visiting the wine regions that he covers and trying to keep up with his tasting schedule. He lives on New York’s Long Island with his wife, Merrie Louise and their two daughters.

Regions covered: Spain, Rhône, Languedoc, Roussillon, Provence, Oregon, Australia, Paso Robles, Santa Lucia Highlands and Chile

 

Ian D’Agata, Editor

Ian has been writing and lecturing about food and wine for more than 25 years. He is currently the Scientific Advisor of Vinitaly International and the Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International Academy.

An award winning-wine writer, D’Agata has been named Italy’s “best wine journalist” and he contributes regularly to various wine and lifestyle magazines such as Britain’s Decanter and China’s Wine Press and TasteSpirit. He has written Harper Collins/Ecco’s The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy and his critically acclaimed Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press) is viewed as the definitive text to Italy’s native grapes and wines. He also wrote ten editions of the D’Agata & Comparini Guide to Italy’s Best Wines, for which he won the 2009 International Association of Culinary Professionals Gourmand Award for wine guides.

Ian lectures on Italian food and wine cultural history in the Food Sciences Master’s program at NYU. A trained medical doctor, he is a frequent speaker in Italy and around the world not just on the subject of native grapes and wine, but specifically on health and wine.

Regions Covered: Central and Southern Italy, Alsace, Canada

Joel B. Payne, Editor

Joel, an expatriate American who has lived along the Rhine since 1983, is a regular contributor to Germany's leading wine magazines, Falstaff and Vinum. After leaving San Francisco, he spent several years in Paris, doing a total of seven harvests in Côte-Rôtie and Chambolle-Musigny, before heading further East. In English, he writes for Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Sommelier in India and Wine Press in China; he is also a founding member of the Grand Jury Européen. The latest edition of his German Wine Guide, which has appeared annually for the past 22 years, was launched on the 6th of November in Mainz. Payne, who has covered Germany and Austria for Steve Tanzer in the International Wine Cellar since the 2004 vintage, now also handles the Loire. At another level, he served as president of the international circle of wine writers, FIJEV, from 2007 to 2010.

Regions covered: Germany, Austria, Loire

Marzia Brumat Galloni – Founder

Marzia's interest in wine started at an early age. Born and raised in Friuli to one of Italy’s top winemaking families, Marzia was introduced to farming and viticulture as a child. After a brief stint in the technology sector, the allure of wine and the family business proved too hard to resist and Marzia joined her uncle's winery in the early 1990s where she worked for ten years and developed a deep knowledge of the wine industry. Marzia has worked alongside Antonio since the creation of Piedmont Report in 2004 and through the years he spent at The Wine Advocate. In 2013, Marzia founded Vinous with Antonio and our core team. Today, Marzia is responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day operations.  

 

James Forsyth - Co-Founder

James’ interest in wine began at a very young age through no choice of his own: Bordeaux and Tuscany were regular family vacation destinations. However, it was James’ choice to join his high school’s Oenology Club (yes, you read that correctly), where he began formally learning about wine. Combining his passions for wine and entrepreneurship, James collaborates on all aspects of Vinous from technology to strategic initiatives to events. His prior experience includes investment banking and consulting with a focus on technology and product development. James has a BA from Oxford University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.