Meet Snooth's Brand New Editorial Team!


There are going to be some exciting changes at Snooth in 2016! We have a few new additions to the team who are sure to enrich your wine and food experiences. These three writers come from various wine backgrounds and will offer you a variety of perspectives about our topic du jour. Meet them now:
John Downes, MW
We are pleased to announce that Master of Wine John Downes will join the Snooth team as a Regular Contributor. His monthly ‘Nobull Wine’ column will help educate readers. John’s on a mission; to make wine simple. He is one of only 340 Masters of Wine in the world and is a speaker, television and radio broadcaster, and writer on wine. He is based in Guildford, Surrey; about 25 miles southwest of London. When asked about his favorite wine, John asks in return, “What’s your death-bed wine. Your last glass? Mine’s white Burgundy, a cool glass of Puligny-Montrachet from a top year and top winemaker but that said, I may change to a Chambolle-Musigny at the last minute!  But thinking about it, I can't get the Hill of Grace 2010 I tasted at Henschke’s cellars in the Eden Valley last year out of my mind!"
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Nova McCune Cadamatre
Nova McCune Cadamatre, Winemaker
We are pleased to announce that winemaker and wine writer Nova McCune Cadamatre will join the Snooth team as a Writer-in-Residence. Her monthly column will report on everything that happens before the wine arrives in your glass, from the latest trends in winemaking techniques, to vintage variation and more. Originally from Greer, South Carolina, Nova moved to New York to pursue Horticulture and fell in love with wines and vines. Her career started in Pennsylvania where she gained experience with cool climate varieties and traditional method sparkling wine. After moving to the Finger Lakes region of New York she refined her winemaking skills, both as a Winemaker’s Assistant at the Thirsty Owl Wine Company and as a Viticulture student at Cornell University. After becoming one of the first graduates of Cornell’s Viticulture and Enology program in 2006, she moved to California to assume several winemaking roles, gaining diverse experiences in both table and sparkling wines from all areas of California most recently as the red winemaker for Robert Mondavi Winery in the renowned Napa Valley. She was named to Wine Enthusiast's Top 40 Under 40 list in 2014 and is competing in the Ningxia Winemaker Challenge 2015-2017 in China. She has furthered her knowledge through London’s Wine and Spirit Education Trust with an Advanced Certificate in 2007, the Diploma gained in 2010, and is currently pursuing the Master of Wine Certification. Currently, Cadamatre lives in the Finger Lakes, NY with her family where she works as a winemaker for Constellation Brands and is launching a personal label, Trestle 31, later this year. Her favorite varieties are Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon and considers the 2013 Napa Valley vintage and the 2015 Finger Lakes vintage her two favorite vintages so far.
Gabe Sasso, Wine Writer
We are pleased to announce that wine writer Gabe Sasso will join the Snooth team as a Writer-in-Residence. His monthly column will provide recommendations and insights for the savvy wine consumer. His curiosity about wine stems from, in no small part, his large Italian family. Most of his uncles, his father and his grandfathers were home winemakers. With that and many childhood trips to Italy as his baptism into wine, his interest in wine flourished. His personal tastes run the gamut from obvious things like great Pinot Noir and Brunello to the somewhat obscure such as Charbono and Kerner. Gabe prefers his Petite Sirahs with lots of age on them, and his Sauvignon Blancs to be fermented in Concrete Eggs. If someone presents him a choice between one of his favorite bottles of all time and one he's never tasted, the unknown bottle always wins. He's curious about each and every one of the world's great wine regions but Italy and Chile are the two countries which he spends the most time obsessing over. Gabe is deeply suspicious of anyone who doesn't enjoy good Rosé.

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