Wine Writer | Wine Critic | Wine Lover | Wine Drinker | Did I Mention Wine? Editor-in-Chief + Instructor at Napa Valley Wine Academy
Hi. I'm Jonathan Cristaldi, the Editor-in-Chief of NapaValleyWineAcademy.com.
The Napa Valley Wine Academy, is situated in downtown Napa, California in a former theater-arts school, and has quickly become the valley's premier wine school. I oversee content for our website and wine blog (called "Pouring Points"), our student portal and am spearheading a new wine writing program for the Academy. I also instruct and work on biz-dev and on occasion like to debate the merits of things like Cabernet Sauvignon vs. the right of Cabernet Sauvignon blends to exist freely in a free-market society. Wine can be highly political. Education is fueled by wine. Writing about wine for a living is worth every bottle.
Prior to joining the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 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. In addition to his work with the academy, and as a Contributing Editor to those print publications, he is a regular contributor to Vivino, Liquor.com, and First We Feast.
Cristaldi’s work has also appeared in 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.
Cristaldi’s history of enthusiastic and sometimes 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 and is working on that WSET Diploma.
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