I've been writing about wine for 15 years now, mainly at Wine & Spirits, where I'm the Executive Editor and the wine critic for wines of Austria, Germany, Hungary, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. I also contribute a regular column on wine and cheese to Culture, The Word on Cheese, and profile chefs such as Lydia Bastianich, David Chang, Rick Bayless, John Besh, Tyler Florence and Jacques Pépin (to name just a few) for Real Food.

In addition to those regular gigs, I've written for everything from Gastronomica to Everyday with Rachel Ray, and penned a couple of books (see below). Where ever you find my writing, you'll see that I have no patience for pretentious prose and can't stand wine snobs. My goal is to make reading about wine as easy and enjoyable as drinking it, regardless how much you know.

Appearances Right now, I'm in Ontario, Canada, tracking the elusive Great Canada Gamay (I've tasted it and it exists), among other cool-climate joys. In March, I'll be heading to Thessaloniki for DETROP, Greece's largest wine trade fair, and will spend some time in nearby Naoussa. Then I'll be sticking close to home to sit on the panel of the Ultimate Wine Challenge, closely followed by Wine & Spirits Top of the List Tasting—an incredible event of great wine and food from some of NY's best new restaurants. I'll let you know when tickets go on sale.

As usual, summer means Hamburg, Germany, for another attempt at mastering the language, the vineyards, the beers and the incredible variety of sausages.

Books Check out my second edition of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine Basics. It's truly not for idiots; I've packed it with enough information that there's something for everyone in it. In this edition, I've completely renovated the food and wine pairing section, making it far more user-friendly; updated the information on Spain, which has exploded with fabulous (and often inexpensive) wines in the past few years; and added a section on organic, biodynamic and sustainably grown wines, which have become an important—and confusing—segment of the market. All the wine recommendations have been updated as well (and the aroma wheel is no longer upside-down!).

Articles From sake to sommelier interviews, Grüner Veltliner to Zinfandel, I write on all sorts of wines and trends. In addition to the Denver Post and Wine & Spirits magazine, my work has appeared in Gastronomica, Clear, Real Food, and Golf Connoisseur, as well as The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Charlotte Observer, and many other newspapers and magazines across the country.

Freelance writing Need a piece on great organically-farmed wines? Or the up-and-coming wines of Greece? Or just a list of ten greats? Contact me at web-reader-mail@TaraQThomas.com and we'll talk.

Consulting With a degree from the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park) and experience in both the front and back of the house coupled with my knowledge of the wine industry today, I'm well prepared to help you shape your wine list into an exciting, profitable one. Send email to web-reader-mail@TaraQThomas.com to contact me.