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As a food, wine and travel journalist I think I have the best job on earth because I get to dig deeper into my passions. I review wines in each issue of Cabin Life, and for the weekly “Wine Notes” column on Milwaukee Magazine’s web site. For Wine Enthusiast, American Way (American Airlines’ inflight) and Fodors.com I regularly cover wine, cocktail and culinary-travel trends. Before getting into wine I co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee & Tea (Alpha Books, 2006), what I like to call the ultimate guide to brewing the best cup of coffee possible. If there is a mixologist, chef or winemaker doing something cutting-edge, chances are I am on the story, and it’s rare for me 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; a temascal in Mexico; learning to surf from the pros in Orange County, California; visiting Taos Pueblo with a Grammy Award winning musician; 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 and spent equally cold wintery days ice fishing to capture a slice of life in my home state of Wisconsin. Closer to home I’ve profiled interesting personalities, from a bicyclist-friendly lawyer to the state’s youngest, brightest organic farmers, and one of my favorite assignments to date was this fun guide to local food products, from milk to caramels.
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 boyfriend and Golden Retriever (the best office assistant I’ve ever had).