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Dan Berger

Wine Writer, Vintage Experience, Santa Rosa, CA

Dan Berger began writing about wine in 1976 and has been nationally syndicated since 1979. He and his wife, Juliann Savage, also publish a private weekly wine newsletter, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, available by subscription. He contributes articles to Wines & Vines, Decanter Magazine, the privately published California Grapevine, Wine Press Northwest, trade journals Cheers and Beverage Dynamics, Sommelier Journal, and numerous others. He recently was project editor for the book North American Wine Routes for Reader’s Digest.

Mr. Berger was a reporter for The Associated Press from 1967 to 1976. He joined the San Diego Union in 1978 and wrote three wines columns per week for the newspaper and Copley News Service. He was subsequently Business Editor and wine columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat; was syndicated by The New York Times Syndicate, and later full-time wine columnist and reporter for the Los Angeles Times. In 1996, he began publishing Vintage Experiences, a weekly newsletter on wine and food, which continues to this day. Mr. Berger also has been a restaurant reviewer for two publications as well as a judge at numerous international wine competitions. He also runs the Riverside International Wine Competition and the Long Beach Grand Cru wine competition.

Among his honors are the Wines & Vines Wine Writer of the Year award; the Father Junipero Serra Award of the California Wine Patrons of Los Angeles; the Wine Literary Award, presented by the Wine Appreciation Guild, and was the 2010 Wine Writers Hall of Fame honoree of the Wine Media Guild in New York. Three of his five books have been on wine.

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