Stephanie joined Wine & Spirits Magazine as Tasting Director in 2013 and became Italian Wine Editor in 2016. She spends a significant amount of time each year visiting Italy’s wine regions, tasting with producers and researching articles about their practices. Stephanie holds the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits and has worked in the wine retail and restaurant sectors, including five years as Wine Director at City Winery in NYC’s SoHo district. She previously worked in textbook publishing as an editor and marketing manager in Minneapolis, Chicago, Austin and Tokyo.
What sommeliers want now: Wine & Spirits Magazine and Top Sommeliers on Italian wine trends in the US
What do current wine industry leaders look for in Italian wine as they expand their wine lists? Josh Greene, Publisher of Wine & Spirits Magazine, and Stephanie Johnson, the publication’s Italian Editor, will discuss this and more with three of the most respected sommeliers in the US today. The session will cover a range of topics, including the categories that sell without any effort on the part of sommeliers; the categories that fascinate them but don’t ever sell; the categories for which they have successfully found wine-list presentation, pairings, or other tools to interest diners in trying something new. The session will also include a simulation one of the Wine & Spirits tasting panels, giving audience members valuable insights into how a leading publication talks about the wines they taste and score.