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Time Out New York named Cristaldi a
"Wine Prophet" for helping shake
"the stuffy image" of wine culture.

Published Work:

Jonathan Cristaldi is an established wine writer with more than a decade of professional experience.

His articles on wine, spirits, and beer appear in both local and national print and digital platforms, including Food & Wine; Departures; The SOMM Journal; Tasting Panel Magazine;; Seven Fifty Daily; Los Angeles Magazine; LA Mag’s Liquid LA blog; Thrillist (National Edition); Tasting Table (National Edition); Time Out LA; Complex Magazine's First We Feast blog; Wine Access; Vivino; SommSelect; Psychology Today.

Cristaldi's most memorable profiles and interviews include Jonathan Goldsmith (formerly Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World); author Karen MacNeil; vintner and restauranteur Joel Gott; iconic winemakers Merry Edwards, Philippe Melka, Thomas Rivers Brown, Nico Cueva, and Bob Cabral; founder of Grounded Wine Co., Josh Phelps; sommelier and author Rajat Parr; wine country celebrity Jean-Charles Boisset; venerable critic Robert Parker; president of Vintage Wine Estates, Terry Wheatley. And so many outstanding sommeliers, mixologists, winemakers, winery owners, and winegrowers - far too many to list. Cristaldi's passion lies in covering California wine country and the Pacific Northwest wine-producing regions of Washington and Oregon.

"Wine Prophet" For Hire: Speaking, Hosting, Tasting

Cristaldi is a dynamic, knowledgeable, energetic, and enthusiastic host with more than a decade of experience. He is available to host your trade or consumer event or tasting either in-person or virtually. Cristaldi is also available for speaking engagements. Please inquire. 


“Writing, editing, tasting, and peering relentlessly into shimmering ruby red wine is my full-time job.”
- Cristaldi


"Wine Writing Champion of the World"  
- The general consensus

“But wherefore waste I mine unfruitful
words, when naught but blood
will satisfy my woes?” - Shakespeare

"Cristaldi is magical, Cristaldi is charming, Cristaldi is clever, Cristaldi is passionate, Cristaldi is knowledge, Cristaldi is seduction!" - Jean Charles Boisset