About UsVINES 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 veterans who look for insider tips and expert wine buying advice. We publish seven issues a year, each with a special seasonal focus and a uniquely Canadian viewpoint.
Each issue contains wine reviews written by our team of critics and writers from across the country, and feature articles on food and wine, wine travel, and profiles of noteworthy producers and wine regions. Our success is owed to the talented writers and experts that contribute to the magazine.
Christopher Waters is the editor of VINES and author of a weekly wine column, Waters & Wine, which is syndicated in Sun Media publications across Canada. His wine writing also appears frequently in Kingston Life and Simcoe Life. In addition to wine writing, Christopher is Wine Appreciation Co-ordinator at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University. Read more at watersandwine.com
|Lindsay Groves is a wine educator and sommelier. She completed the Level 4 Diploma through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is currently pursing the Master of Wine qualification. Lindsay was associate wine director for the Salut Wine & Food Festival Series and even started her own consulting business. In 2007, she was awarded Ontario Sommelier of the Year by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation. As a freelance writer, Lindsay has contributed to publications such as Food & Drink, CityBites and Ottawa Life. She recently returned to Canada after working as head sommelier at the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in India. Lindsay enjoys travelling and has been to Western Europe, the Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa and India.|
|Rod Phillips is a wine writer and historian. He is a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and 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 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, most recently, 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 is the honorary president of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and 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 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 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 gives wine reviews on the Vancouver-based Terry David Mulligan''s radio show The Tasting Room. Daenna has hosted the wine stage at Eat! Vancouver for nine years 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|