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VINES is a national consumer magazine aimed at Canadians who buy, drink, and enjoy wine and food on a regular basis. Our readers range from enthusiastic beginners who want to learn about the world of wine and the styles of wine that they enjoy and experienced wine lovers who look for insider tips and expert wine buying advice. We publish five issues a year, each with a seasonal focus and a uniquely Canadian viewpoint. Issues contain wine reviews written by our team of experts and feature articles on food and wine, travel, and profiles of noteworthy wine producers and regions. Our ongoing success is owed to the talented writers and artists that contribute to the magazine.

Christopher Water

Christopher Waters is the editor of VINES and author of the weekly wine column, Waters & Wine, which is syndicated in Postmedia Network publications across Canada and online via the Canoe network. In addition to wine writing, Christopher is a WSET-certified instructor and Wine Appreciation Co-ordinator at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University where he teaches about the history of the Ontario wine, classic wine styles and regions. Read more




Rod Phillips Rod Phillips is a wine writer and historian. He is a contributor to a range of publications including The World of Fine Wine and the lifestyle magazine, NUVO. As an author, Rod has published A Short History of Wine and has written several editions of The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO. In 2000, he was named Wine Person of the Year by the National Capital Sommelier Guild and in 2007, the Ontario Wine Awards titled him Wine Journalist of the Year. He received the 2012 Achievement Award from Drinks Ontario, the professional association of wine importers in Ontario. Rod frequently judges Canadian and European wine competitions and has been a consultant on restaurant wine lists in Ottawa and Montreal. A professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, he teaches courses in the history of Europe and the history of food and drink. Twitter @rodphillipswine  
Jancis Robinson Jancis Robinson is a world-renowned wine critic and writer. As a judge, she attends wine events all over the globe. Jancis is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours. She writes daily for her website JancisRobinson.com, weekly for The Financial Times and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated globally. Jancis was made Officier de l''Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French Minister of Agriculture. She resides in the United Kingdom with her husband Nick Lander and their three children. Jancis loves wine because of its diversity, yet prefers balance and subtlety to sheer mass. Twitter @JancisRobinson 
Kelly Schweitzer Kelly Schweitzer is the editorial assistant at VINES, having begun as an intern during her final year as a journalism student at Humber College. She contributes to both the magazine''s print and online platforms, generating content for each issue, writing reviews for the Wine of the Week blog and overseeing the biweekly e-newsletter. At Humber, she assumed several positions within the college''s various publications, including managing editor of the weekly newspaper, Humber Et Cetera, and reporter for TheDailyPlanet.com. Prior to that, Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and was copy editor of Step Up Magazine, a lifestyle publication that catered to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. and surrounding area. Twitter @got_my_sharpie 
Daenna Van Mulligen Daenna Van Mulligen is a wine writer and sommelier. A go-to person for online wine knowledge, she writes for her two websites WineDiva.ca and Wine-Scores.ca. Daenna has a tongue-in-cheek approach to wine and doesn''t like to call herself a wine critic. She writes for BC Liquor Stores'' Taste Magazine, Flavours Magazine and Nuvo. Daenna has hosted the wine stage at Eat! Vancouver for more than a decade and is a regular panellist at Cornucopia, an annual food and wine event held in Whistler, B.C. She has judged wines at the InterVin International Wine Awards, VinItaly and The Okanagan Wine Festival among others. Twitter @TheWineDiva