As a food, wine and travel journalist I feel honored to dig deeper into my passions. For Travel + Leisure, Shermans Travel and Conde Nast Traveler's websites--plus Rhapsody Magazine, for United Airlines' first-class passengers; and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons--I cover wine, food and travel trends. As wine editor for FSR Magazine I'm tasked with tracking wine and sommelier trends, and reporting back to readers who are restaurateurs. Before getting into wine I co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee & Tea (Alpha Books, 2006). If there is a mixologist, chef or winemaker doing something cutting-edge, chances are I am on the story, and it’s rare to not be dreaming about my next trip. What I like best is an opportunity to immerse myself in a community, whether it’s lunch with Mennonites in Belize or hanging out with winemakers in Bordeaux. I’ve even braved a harsh winter dog-sledding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula while on assignment for Midwest Living. Quirky stories thrill me, too: for TIME Magazine I shed light on the pop-up hotel trend and hotels that loan out pets to guests. Closer to home I’ve profiled interesting personalities, from a bicyclist-friendly lawyer to the state’s youngest, brightest organic farmers for Milwaukee Magazine.
When not in my office I enjoy writing my novel-in-progress (set in Napa Valley), supporting the local-foods movement, practicing Iyengar yoga, and spending time with my husband and Golden Retriever (the best office assistant I’ve ever had).