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Scott W. Clemens has spent more than 35 years writing about wine, food and travel, with more than 500 articles to his credit, and more than 13,000 published wine reviews. He has judged numerous national and international wine and spirits competitions, has been a newspaper wine columnist, an editor of several food, wine and spirits magazines, and was the Editor/Publisher of EPICUREAN magazine. His travels have taken him to 29 countries and all but four states. He writes non-fiction under the byline Scott W. Clemens, and fiction under the moniker of S.W. Clemens (click here for his Author’s Page).

Susanna Gaertner

Susanna Gaertner

As a free-lance writer, Susanna has written about everything from medicine to massage, from art to wine travel for magazines as diverse as Smithsonian, New York Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, New Woman (Australia), the Sydney Morning Herald, Art & Auction, the Express Times, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

As the Santa Cruz Food Examiner for examiner.com, Susanna covers the culinary scene in and around SC and shares tips, recipes, anecdotes.

As a wine travel writer for Epicurean Traveler, she has written about venues in Germany, Switzerland, Australia, and Chile. Susanna would like to extend special thanks to her mentors, the teaching staff of the wine program at the CIA in St. Helena.



home_1Lucy Gordan, Epicurean-Traveler.com’s European Bureau Chief, is an award-winning travel writer and cultural journalist living in Rome. She is currently Culture Editor of Inside the Vatican, and a regular contributor to German Life, KMT: a modern journal of ancient Egypt, and La Madia, an Italian eno-gastromonic and travel monthly. She can be reached at lucyrastelli@gmail.com. Her website is www.lucygordan.com.



Patricia Guy

Patricia Guy, journalist and award-winning author, writes about wine, Italy and culture for magazines and websites around the world. She is also the author of books about wine, including Wine with Asian FoodWines of Italy and Bacchus at Baker Street.

She has picked grapes in Bordeaux and Champagne; has been a sommelier, an event organizer and wine tasting tutor in New York. She studied wine tasting for three years in London, where she worked as a fine wine broker and earned the WSET Certificate and Diploma. She now lives happily in Verona, Italy. She is a member of Le Donne del Vino, a professional association of women who work in the Italian wine trade. She is also very proud to say that she is an Adventuress of Sherlock Holmes and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. For more about Patricia, wine and life in Italy, visit her website: www.patriciaguy.com


Cathy Hedge_small(Catherine Hedge is an editor, free-lance writer, novelist, and writing teacher). She writes, “I am an avid traveler, wine enthusiast, and explorer of beauty. I often dream about opening a new door, like Dorothy in Oz. When I do so in real life, what I see is infinitely beautiful. When I explore, record, and share a visitor’s first impressions of new destinations, ​​I hope a reader might smell, taste, and see the rich banquet life sets before us… and then partake gleefully.”




Tom HylandTom Hyland is a freelance writer, educator and photographer, currently residing in Chicago. He has been writing about the world’s great wines for more than fifteen years and has traveled to several countries to visit wine regions and talk with the producers. He has contributed to such publications as DecanterThe World of Fine Wine, and Sommelier Journal among others. He is currently writing two books, one about Champagne and other other on the wines and foods of Piemonte. He can be reached at thomas2022@comcast.net.



Bill Marsano - photo by Maury Englander

Until early 2009 the long-time Wine and Spirits Editor of United Airlines’ Hemispheres, Bill Marsano has won a James Beard medal and a handful of other awards for his writing on wine, spirits and travel in Hemispheres, Condé Nast Traveler and “a host,” as they say, other titles. He is that rarest and proudest of birds, the New Yorker native-born, but he travels to Italy whenever he can get away with it and is plotting to when he can’t. He is then accompanied by his Feathercraft folding kayak, which he launches with abandon on the likes of Venice’s Grand Canal, Cognac’s Charente, Tuscany’s Arno and the Ligurian Sea off the Cinque Terre. A colleague has (too) generously called him “one of the wine scene’s most insightful observers” but he himself admits only to being “a crank with some bizarre opinions and a weakness for word-play” (e.g., “Men seldom makes passes at girls without glassware.”)

Bill’s blog can be found at: PouredWithPleasure.Com. Contact: billmarsano@rcn.com



Lisa Richardson loves food, wine, travel and sharing the written word. Retired from forty years in the nursing profession, she resides in Southern California with husband and sometimes photographer Jim, near beloved children & grandchildren, always planning the next adventure.  She also writes as Nonnaswanderings.





Jan RossJan Ross is a full time travel writer who has been traveling the world since she was a kid as her dad was a Marine Corps officer. She introduced her photographer husband of over 30 years to travel and, since 2009, they have been traveling the world and writing and photographing it. One of their favorite things to do when traveling is to savor the local foodie offerings and they have been known to plan their next meal while consuming the present one! They write and photograph for a variety of venues, both print and online, and have over 200 articles in print.



Roy_StevensonRoy Stevenson is a professional freelance travel writer and photographer based in Seattle, Washington. With more than 800 articles published in 180 regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, in-flights and online travel magazines, Roy is one of the most prolific travel writers in the U.S.A. www.roy-stevenson.com