Jonathan Cristaldi

Cristaldi is the Northern California editor-at-large for The SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel magazines. He is a regular contributor to Food & Wine magazine and acting editor and contributor for Napa Valley Wine Academy’s “Pouring Points” blog. He is also the founder and content director for Cristaldi & Co, a creative-content agency servicing the beverage industry and cannabis community. His work has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine and LA Mag’s Liquid LA blog,,, First We Feast, Thrillist (National Edition), Tasting Table (National Edition), Time Out LA and Psychology Today. Cristaldi was named a “Wine Prophet” by Time Out New York for his avant-garde approach to wine education and events a decade ago as the host and co-founder of The Noble Rot. Follow him on Instagram @jcristaldi

Willamette Valley Oregon

Oregon Winemaker Eats Dirt

Okay, I’m guilty: that was a sensationalist headline. And it’s only half true. But it starts like this: I received an invite to a dinner called “Eat Dirt” from winemaker Nicholas Keeler, Authentique Wines, based in the Eola-Amity AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Because I had never been to Oregon wine country (guilty as charged!) …

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Wine Education: When To Get Certified

Vector image credit: If you’re thinking about getting into the wine industry, a fundamental first step is to get educated about wine, because the path to your ideal job in the industry may not reveal itself until you’ve realized the level of knowledge required. Today’s industry is highly competitive. A basic understanding of wine …

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7 Outstanding Pinot Noirs

What we can say, decisively, about pinot noir is that it is capable of producing some of the finest wines in the world. Think of profound Burgundian pinots, and New World expressions from Martinborough or the ones from California and Oregon–wines that are utterly captivating, thoroughly perplexing, and supremely contemplative–not unlike Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series …

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100 Points

Why The 100-Point System of Rating Wine is Irrelevant [via FirstWeFeast]

This article originally appeared on Back in September of 2013, I penned an opinion article for First We Feast, on the 100-point system of rating wine, and concluded that the future of wine ratings and recommendations will rely largely on friend recommendations and approval. Nearly two years since this article was published, that prediction …

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Under the Microscope: Biodynamic Winemaking

San Luis Obispo wine country, or “SLO wine country” as it is locally referred to, is situated California’s Central Coast about 30 minutes south of Paso Robles and west of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range in an area impacted by extreme coastal influences. Most vineyards are planted an average of just five miles from the …

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