BIO OF A "WINE PROPHET"
I began writing professionally about wine in 2010, on a freelance basis for several publications. A couple years later, wine writing became my full-time job.
I count myself lucky to work in the wine industry as a storyteller. The alternative is to make a hefty sum of money and buy your way in. Or to work from the bottom up. Start out in a cellar and climb to the summit as winemaker, or sought-after grower, or winery owner, or cut it in sales.
The path to a healthy career in wine is not easy, no matter the route you take. Currently, I'm working at WineAccess writing and editing daily offer letters and assigning stories. It's a fast-paced, creative gig and one that involves selling wine, which is new for me. I'm having a blast.
Prior to joining WineAccess, Cristaldi was the Editor-in-Chief at Napa Valley Wine Academy. He oversaw content for the academy's website and wine blog (called "Pouring Points," a name he hatched up during an epic whiteboard session), and authored "Mastering Napa Valley" an extensive online course in all things Napa. He also spearheading a new wine writing program that will debut in 2017.
Before that, Cristaldi was the Deputy Editor of two of the largest wine and spirits trade publications in the U.S.: Tasting Panel Magazine, The SOMM Journal and recently a farm-to-table magazine called The Clever Root.
Cristaldi’s work has appeared in Vivino.com, Liquor.com, First We Feast, Los Angeles Magazine, Liquid LA, Thrillist (National Edition), Tasting Table (National Edition), Time Out LA and most recently Psychology Today. He is the co-founder of The Noble Rot and founder of Winetology.com and the NobleRotTalks.com podcast.
Some time ago, Cristaldi’s enthusiastic and avant-garde approach to wine education events earned him the title of “Wine Prophet” by Time Out New York. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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