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Kim Badenfort

Kim Badenfort

Kim Badenfort is the editor for the Wine Industry Advisor, and though his entry into the wine industry was incidental, wine country had already inspired him with a deep interest and appreciation for wine as well as the stories and experiences it has to offer. After joining Wine Industry Network in 2012 and managing the editorial program of the Wine Industry Advisor, his passion for wine and the industry has only grown, and he is excited to be in a position to use his background in rhetoric to help tell its stories.

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Barbara Barrielle

Barbara BarrielleA long-time publicist in sports. lifestyle and wine. Barbara began writing about wine, food and travel several years ago and has since been published in Wine Industry Advisor, Hidden Compass. Northwest Travel and Life, Ventura Blvd. Easthampton Star, Oregon WIne press and contribute to a New York Times piece on California. She has written a book on Sonoma County, “99 Things to do in Sonoma County and a children’s book about trave through the eyes of a dog in Los Angeles. She still travels incessantly, sometimes with dogs, and studies wine because that is a never-ending dedication. Find her work and film and documentaries she has produced at www.barbarabarrielleproductions.com. She lives in Healdsburg, has a daughter that travels with her when time allows and grows Zinfandel.

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Dawn Dolan

Dawn DolanOffering a well-rounded view of the wine industry, Dawn Dolan transitioned from doing administration for the University of Michigan, to spending six years as both Marketing and Wholesale Manager for the Wilson Artisan Wineries group, where she learned the ins and outs of the wine industry.  Dolan describes herself as a newbie grape grower who has also been an amateur wine maker for ten years, learning from classes at the Santa Rosa Junior College and the professional winemakers with whom she has worked.  With this multi-faceted experience in the wine world, she brings a consideration of different viewpoints to her work.

Dolan started as senior editor of her high school yearbook. While studying in Provence, France, she fell in love with inexpensive Côtes du Rhone wines.  After teaching for ten years, and earning a Master’s degree, she was back at the marketing end, using her skills to help establish the newly minted National Board of Habitat for Humanity-Costa Rica.

Dolan is now a private marketing consultant for family wineries, and senior consultant for VingDirect.  She has been contributing to Wine Industry Advisor since 2015.

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Carl Giavanti

Carl GiavantiCarl Giavanti, Carl Giavanti Consulting, is a Winery Publicist with a DTC Marketing background. He’s going on his 10th year of winery consulting. Carl has been involved in business marketing and public relations for over 25 years; originally in technology, digital marketing and project management, and now as a winery media relations consultant. Clients are or have been in Napa Valley, Willamette Valley, and the Columbia Gorge.

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Elizabeth Hans McCrone

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Elizabeth has been a contributing writer for the Wine Industry Network’s Supplier Spotlight and Wine Industry Advisor since May, 2011.

She has an extensive background in media and public relations and has worked in radio, television, for print publications and in higher education. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.

In 2009 she began to pursue her life-long passion for wine and earned a Certificate in Wine Studies from Santa Rosa Junior College. She also became employed at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, first as a Tasting Room Associate, then Trade Tour Host and is now a full-time Associate in the company’s Wine Family department.

In addition to full-time work and independent writing, Elizabeth is studying for the Certified Specialist of Wine exam, which she hopes to take in spring, 2015.

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Laura Ness

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is a longtime wine journalist and wine judge who enjoys telling tales of winemakers, winegrowers and wines. Each bottle of wine has a story to tell, and becomes part of the story of those who consume it. For over 20 years, she has written regularly for a variety of industry and consumer publications. Every purse she owns contains a corkscrew.

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Elizabeth “E” Slater, In Short Direct Marketing


A recognized expert in the fields of direct marketing and sales in the wine marketplace. Slater has taught more wineries and winery associations how to create and improve the effectiveness of their direct marketing programs and to make the most of each customer’s potential than anyone in the wine industry today.

Quick-witted and original, Slater is a sought after speaker on winery sales, marketing, customer service, advertising and management topics. Wineries listen because she has the experience and creativity in the wine trenches to support her words.

As the owner of the wine industry-consulting firm, In Short Direct Marketing, Slater has created marketing programs and events for the Russian River Wine Road including Winter Wineland and Wine & Food Affair. Under her direction, Passport to the Dry Creek Valley became one of the most popular, sought after and acclaimed events in the industry.

Follow E on twitter @esavant and facebook.

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Paul Vigna

Paul Vigna

Paul Vigna is a writer and editor in Harrisburg, Pa., who has been covering East Coast wines for 10 years. He was the first winner of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association’s Birchenall Award in February 2018. You can find him at the Wine Classroom at www.pennlive.com and follow him on Twitter @pierrecarafe

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