Unwind With Wine™ Club Speakers

  • Eric Asimov

    Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of the New York Times, a position he assumed in June 2004 after having covered wine with the Times' tasting panel and in his “Tastings” column for the Dining section.  Asimov created the “$25 and Under” restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004.  He is a co-author of "The New York Times Guide to Restaurants 2004," the fifth edition of the guide.  He has also reviewed takeout food for the Times in his “To Go” column and has offered commentary on food and wine on WQXR since 1999.  His freelance work previously appeared in Food & Wine, Details and Martha Stewart Living.  His first book, "$25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York," was published annually by HarperCollins from 1995 to 1998.  At the Times, he was editor of the “Living” section from 1991 to 1994 and editor of “Styles of the Times” from 1994 to 1995.

  • Elin McCoy 

    Elin McCoy has chronicled the world of wine for thirty years. She is wine and spirits columnist for Bloomberg Markets, and a long-time contributing editor at Food & Wine. An award-winning journalist, her writings on wine, food, travel, and social issues have appeared in The New York Times, House & Gardens, Parents, Organic Wine, and many other publications. McCoy is the author of THE EMPEROR OF WINE, about Robert M. Parker, Jr and the co-author of Thinking About Wine, a frequent speaker at wine events, and an international wine judge.

  • Ray Isle 

    Ray Isle

    Ray Isle is a senior editor at Food & Wine Magazine, where he edits the magazine’s monthly "Tasting Room" column, as well as wine and food-related feature stories on topics ranging from Sonoma winemakers to sushi. Formerly the managing editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine, his coverage of food, wine and spirits has appeared in a variety of national publications and has been nominated for a James Beard Award. He has also appeared on national television programs including CNBC’s High Net Worth and CNN’s Headline News.

  • Joshua Wesson 

    Wesson Joshua

    Joshua Wesson, chairman and executive wine director of Best Cellars, Inc., has enjoyed a long and successful career in the food and wine industry as a sommelier, consultant, author, and retailer. In 1984 he was named "Best Sommelier in America" by Food & Wines from France. Five years later, he co-authored the now-classic Red Wine with Fish: The New Art of Matching Food with Wine (Simon & Schuster, 1989). In 1996, Joshua founded Best Cellars with Richard Marmet. The next year, Food & Wine magazine named him "Retail Wine Innovator of the Year." In 2003, he and Marmet were named "Wine Ambassadors of the Year" by the European Wine Council. Joshua has shared his expertise in dozens of national publications and on many television shows, from CNN's Headline News to CBS's The Early Show. In addition, he is a featured wine commentator on NPR's The Splendid Table.

  • Michael Green 

    Ray Isle

    Michael Green is the Wine & Spirits Consultant to Gourmet Magazine and has worked in the wine and spirits trade in the capacities of educator, marketer, importer, writer, consultant and retailer for over 20 years. He has been a frequent guest on Food Network’s Emeril Live, Sara’s Secrets and Cooking Live and made numerous appearances on CNN, CBS Marketwatch, Fox News, NPR, Clear Channel radio and the Fine Living Channel; he has also been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times-Picayune, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report and House Beautiful and Elite Traveler and is currently a contributing editor for Trump magazine. Michael is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for the wine and spirits industry and presents at conferences, wine and food festivals, and charity auctions around the world.

  • Joanna Pruess and Bob Lape

    Joanna Pruess: Joanna Pruess is an award-winning author of ten cookbooks and has also written extensively on food for publications like the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Washington Post, Food Arts, Saveur, Food & Wine and the Associated Press syndicate. In addition to Seduced by Bacon, which is in its third printing in less than two months, Joanna wrote the highly regarded new cookbook Fiamma, The Essence of Contemporary Italian Cuisine, with chef Michael White. Pruess’ books newly available in paperback are Soup for Every Body, Tea Cuisine (formerly Eat Tea), and Supermarket Confidential (formerly Supermarket Epicure). Joanna also co-authored the D’Artagnan Glorious Game Cookbook. Look for a new book from her next fall. She has developed recipes for clients including Bella Cucina Artful Food, Bigelow Tea, Stonewall Kitchen and Sarabeth’s Kitchen, among others. Joanna has been the subject of a profile in Bon Appétit and People, as well as other publications. She appeared regularly of WYNY’s “Good Day, New York” and was honored by NYU’s School of Food Service as Woman of the Year in Food Service, Merchandising and Promotion.

    Bob Lape: Bob Lape, Emmy Award-winning member of Who’s Who in America, has had a powerful impact on the way Americans eat at home and away. His many publications, programs and pronouncements span the past 36 years – a time of American cuisine’s quantum leap in sophisticated awareness and recognition. Bob spearheaded the movement in a multi-media approach unparalleled in the nation. As the trail-blazing Eyewitness Gourmet on WABC-TV in New York – the forerunner of Food Television Network – he showcased 1,000 restaurants in prime time, triggering requests for two million recipes. He was the pioneering restaurant reviewer for Crain’s New York Business, a post he occupies 21 years later, and a similar ground-breaker for the New York Law Journal. He has been food critic for the TODAY SHOW, both local and national, and had his own food talk show on WABC. Bob’s “Dining Diary” feature on the CBS Flagship radio station in New York, aired 20 times a week, is in its 21st year.

  • Mark Oldman 

    Mark Oldman

    One of the country’s leading wine educators, Mark Oldman is author of the best-selling OLDMAN’S GUIDE TO OUTSMARTING WINE (Penguin Books), which was called "perfect" by Wine Enthusiast, "winespeak without the geek" by Bon Appètit, and "shortcuts to a connoisseurs confidence" by BusinessWeek. Featured in its own collection on Wine.com, OLDMAN'S GUIDE won the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award and was nominated for “Best Wine Book” at the World Food Media Awards. In 2007, the book is being published in Japan by Sony Publishing and in France by Solar.

    For over fifteen years, Mark has taught his lively Outsmarting Wine™ courses and seminars to thousands of budding wine enthusiasts across the country. Mark also headlines some of the country's largest wine shows, keynoting such events as the Boston Wine Expo, the Washington D.C. International Food & Wine Expo, and the Greater New York Wine & Food Expo. Mark began his wine journey in 1990 when as a student he founded Stanford Wine Circle, a popular university club hosting tastings with California wine legends, earning him the nickname "Bacchus on the Campus" in Wine Spectator magazine.

    Mark’s pro-consumer approach and commitment to education have animated all of his professional endeavors. He is the co-president and director of Vault, Inc. (www.vault.com), the leading media company for career information, which he co-founded in 1996. He is also a licensed attorney and co-author of several books, including the best-selling Best 109 Internships and The Internship Bible, both published by Random House.

    Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A and M.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He currently serves on the boards of Stanford Law School and the Stanford-in-Washington Center and recently completed terms on Stanford’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association.

  • Ed McCarthy 

    Ray Isle

    Ed McCarthy is a wine writer, Certified Wine Educator and wine consultant. He is co-author (with Mary Ewing-Mulligan) of numerous wine books, including Wine For Dummies, one of the largest-selling wine books ever, with over 1,000,000 copies sold. It has been translated into 22 languages and nominated for a James Beard award. He is the author of Champagne For Dummies, and co-author of Italian Wine For Dummies, French Wine for Dummies and Wine Style. Ed is also the wine columnist for Nation’s Restaurant News, www.winereviewonline.com and contributing editor of Beverage Media. He appears frequently on radio and television programs and is also a frequent judge at wine competitions in the U.S. and abroad.

  • W. R. Tish

    W. R. Tish, known to many simply as Tish, has been writing and speaking about wine and food for more than 15 years. He spent much of that time as the editor of Wine Enthusiast, positioning it as a spunkier, funnier alternative to other wine magazines. Since 1998, Tish has written for magazines including In Style, Details, Private Clubs, Better Homes & Gardens, Wines & Vines; and for a smattering of Web sites.

    Through his New York-based firm Wine For All ("Pairing Wine and Fun Since the 20th Century"), Tish has developed and led wine and food events for a variety of Fortune 500 corporations and law firms-not to mention private parties that would make Bacchus envious. He has also led specialized seminars for the wine trade and served as an auctioneer for charity wine auctions.

    Tish's unique and entertaining approach to gastronomy is captured in his motto, "I drink, therefore I am; I eat, therefore I am more."