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Food & Wine Writers

Rachelle Santucci
Rachelle’s love for all things delectable comes from growing up with an Italian family where food and wine are the centerpiece of any get-together. She went on to study journalism and French at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. During her time in school, she began catering events at the many wineries along the Central Coast. Now living in the Bay Area, and working at Bijou Restaurant & Bar where she continues her appreciation for the finer things in life.

John Michael “The Winey Brit”

A long time veteran of the restaurant industry, left the kitchen after taking the wine section of the curriculum at the Culinary Institute of America in NY, to move to the front of the house. His resume contains everything from Dishwasher to Sous Chef and from Food Runner to Food and Beverage Director. Going from London to North Carolina to New York to Virginia and finally settling in Napa/Sonoma. John’s current position of Bar Manager for the Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant allows him the opportunity to taste countless great wines from around the North Bay and around the world and pair them with cheeses and a menu which match the wines in value and scope.

Hans Peter Meyer

A writer, hard core father, photographer, dancer, and someone who appreciates and loves to share the fine and beautiful things in life. He is currently working on a number of projects related to sustainability, fine food and travel and more. Hans comes to us from British Columbia, Canada. Visit his siteonline

Valerie Brockbank
A freelance writer/photographer/ journalist; Valerie has enjoyed an eclectic education and career background that allowed her the opportunity to explore many interests in depth. Her expertise in wine and food has led to a rewarding writing career as a columnist and blogger. Several of her recipes have been featured on PBS Seattle and her wine columns have found fans from around the world. Visit her blog: the wine dog review

Eddie Lakin
Chef Eddie Lakin comes to us with an extensive culinary background, having worked in both Spain and Italy. Eddie has also worked at the four star “Tru” in Chicago, and with chefs such as David Bouley, and Nobu Matsuhita. Eddie will offer his insights on a wide range of cooking and culinary topics. Visit his blog:Cooking and Eating in Chicago

Jaime Patricio Meléndez
James, also known as “the wine guy”, is a wine expert with years of experience in wine copy writing, wine blogging, and wine direction for the foodservice industry.His concise and descriptive tasting notes are sprinkled throughout our wine sections, we are very pleased to have him on board as a regular contributor. His postings and reviews will have the initialsJMfor OTV. Visit his blog:James the Wine Guy

Laura Sabo
Laura covers the Portland Oregon foodscene for OTV. She is also the editor/publisher of her own blog; The Kitchen Thymes, a culinary blog devoted to anything and everything related to food, cooking, entertaining and the culinary arts. Laura has won numerous cooking contests and her recipes have been published in national magazines. Originally a native of Michigan, Laura lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son. Visit Laura at:The Kitchen Thymes

Jennifer Anne Shorr
Founder and Publisher of Off the Vine Magazine, Jennifer has worked as a professional chef, wine buyer and restaurant manager; as an owner, she has worked with legendary restaurateur and consultant George Lang in opening “La Tache” - the first freestanding wine bar in Los Angeles. Jennifer also opened a branch of the fondly remembered “Faire la Cuisine” Restaurant and gourmet emporium in 1981. Her passion, taste, experience, and broad range of culinary knowledge, drives this magazine and its “insiders” viewpoint.