Wine and food writer. Alan has worked as a chef, restaurateur, sommelier and consultant in some of New York City’s finest restaurants, and frequently writes for publications including The New York Times, Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, Decanter and Food Arts. Author of Romancing the Vine– a book about life in the Piemonte district of Italy that focuses on the cultivation and harvest of the region’s celebrated Barolo wine. (James Beard Award for Best Wine and Spirits Book of 2006.) Wine educator at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Alan also managed for many years the Cantina Comunale, a wine tasting room for producers in Castiglione Falletto, Italy and is currently the US Ambassador for the Conzorzio Tutela del Vino, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco-Superiore.