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NYWS Founder W. R. Tish—known to many simply as Tish, and @tishwine on Twitter—has been writing and speaking about wine and food for more than 20 years. He spent much of that time as the editor of Wine Enthusiast. More recently he was the founding editor of And via his wine-event firm Wine For All, what most people call eating and drinking, he gets to call research and development.

For the past 15 years, Sasha Smith has spent the vast majority of her free time studying, tasting, drinking, selling and writing about wine. She holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) diploma and currently writes about wine on her blog, You can also find her on Twitter at @spinthebottleny.

Richard Vayda, Director of Wine and Beverage Studies at the Institute of Culinary Education, has a broad background in food and wine, serving as a chef/owner of restaurants and a catering company, consultant to various operations, and educator at area colleges. His love affair with wine and food began in his Italian and Russian family, where he started to make homemade wine as a teenager.

Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng is the founder of cyn-et-vin champagne consultancy and Ms. Bond’s Breakfast Club as well as wine editor of Cravings, covering off-the-beaten-track wine and design discoveries. Her articles have appeared in Town & Country Weddings, Page Six Magazine and other outlets. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine, and a member of the Wine Media Guild, the Shanghai Wine Society and Les Dames d'Escoffier New York. Follow Cyn on Twitter at @cynetvin or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Alice Feiring has been published in multiple glossies as well as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, winning a James Beard award in 2002 for her Times piece on the many ways wine can be manipulated. She is the author of The Battle for Love and Wine (Harcourt, 2008) and the forthcoming Naked Wine (Perseus Books, 2011) on one of her favorite topics: natural wines. Alice blogs at The Feiring Line.

As Brand Strategist of NYWS, Melissa Sutherland Amado’s experience in wine spans seven years of working with established professionals, merchants and entrepreneurs. Recent wine affiliations include the innovative retail wine shop/wine bar ViNOViNO and Italian Wine Merchants. She holds various certificates in wine, enjoys all well-crafted beverages and offers more musings @melissa_ful on Twitter.


Facebook Coordinator Constance Chamberlain first fell in love with wine in the Greek isles while studying there in college. Not long after, she dove headfirst into the wine business and has held positions on both the importer and marketing sides of the biz. She holds various certificates from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and is currently working toward her Diploma. She is also a blogger in her own right as the sole author of and has contributed to well-known wine sites such as and Cork’ You can find her day-to-day wine ramblings on Twitter as @VinoCC.


NYWS PR/Marketing Director Joe Janish has been a wine marketing professional for 15 years, promoting industry icons as well as putting "boutique" producers on the map. He launched one of the first wine importer websites in the mid-1990s as well as one of the first wine blogs (though no one called them "blogs" back then). Joe learned about wine from MWs, world-class winemakers, and through visiting wine regions throughout the world. When he's not writing here you can read his wine notes at or follow him on twitter @joejanish.

After critiquing wines and restaurants for a major Midwestern newspaper, Creative Director Paul Paauwe felt a different approach was needed, so while living abroad, he took part in la vendange in Champagne. His passion for the marriage of food and wine continues today, supported by teaching at Parsons the New School for Design, another passion.

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