BIO OF A "WINE PROPHET"
Beginning in 2010, I was invited to write about wine for a handful of publications. A couple years later, writing about wine 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 as sought-after grower, or winery owner -- or cut it in sales.
Whatever the route you take, the path to a sustainable career in wine isn't easy. Currently, I'm the Managing Editor at WineAccess.com -- writing, assigning, and editing daily offer emails that promote wines for sale. It's a fast-paced, creative job and I'm surrounded by incredibly smart people. I count myself fortunate to be part such a wine-fuelled platform that aims to be revolutionary and a disruptor of the traditional sales model. Thanks for reading. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. - JC
Bio of a Wine Prophet:
Jonathan Cristaldi (“JC”) is the Managing Editor at WineAccess.com, one of the fastest-growing, direct-to-consumer wine eCommerce companies. Prior to joining WineAccess, JC was the Chief Editor and Content Creator at Napa Valley Wine Academy. He was the mastermind behind the naming and launch of the academy’s "Pouring Points" blog, as well as the lead author of "Mastering Napa Valley," a comprehensive online course about America’s premier wine region — and the first of its kind online. JC has also developed a wine writing program that will debut sometime in 2017.
Before the academy, JC spent three years in Los Angeles working as the Deputy Editor for Tasting Panel Magazine and The SOMM Journal — two of the largest wine and spirits trade publications in the U.S.
JC’s work has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine and LA Mag’s Liquid LA blog, Vivino.com, Liquor.com, First We Feast, Thrillist (National Edition), Tasting Table (National Edition), Time Out LA and most recently Psychology Today.
In 2011, JC’s well-publicized avant-garde approach to wine education led Time Out New York to declare him a “Wine Prophet.” He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Amanda, and daughter Penelope.
Once, he did something extraordinary on a New York City subway car. All aboard the Brooklyn-bound L-Train Culinary Express.
Brazenly follow him @NobleRotNYC.