Writer | Editor | Publisher
Praised by Vinography's Alder Yarrow as the "go to person on organic and Biodynamic wines," Pam Strayer is a recognized expert on organic and Biodynamic wines in the U.S. and has moderated or spoken at consumer and industry events and classes at Healdsburg SHED, community groups in Sonoma and Napa, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute, Bay Grape, the International Biodynamic Wine Conference and Women of the Vine & Spirits.
Pam earned a certificate in wine studies at U.C. Berkeley and has studied wine at U.C. Davis and the North American Sommeliers Association.
In 2018, Pam was the Conference Program Director for Demeter USA's first International Biodynamic Wine Conference in San Francisco, working with Demeter USA President Elizabeth Candelario. The conference featured 27 panels and keynotes on a wide variety of topics with 67 speakers, including renowned international participants. The event was the largest gathering of Biodynamic wine professionals in the world.
Seeing the energy that the conference generated, Pam realized that both the organic and Biodynamic wine sectors needed better ways to communicate with each other and the industry, and decided to launch the next wave of Wine Country Geographic publications - newsletters (Organic Wine Insider and Biodynamic Wine Insider) and directories.
• Monty Waldin
Born in the U.K., Monty Waldin is a specialist freelance author and broadcaster on organic and Biodynamic wine. He writes the entries on organics, Biodynamics and sustainability for Jancis Robinson MW's Oxford Companion to Wine.
He has worked in conventional, natural, organic and Biodynamic vineyards and wineries in both hemispheres and made his own wines in both France and England.
He is the head judge for Tuscany (where he lives) for Decanter's World Wine Awards and hosts the popular Italian Wine Podcast.
"It’s well past time organic wine growers and wineries have a regular publication that addresses their industry and its issues. Kudos to Pam Strayer for creating this much needed information resource."
-Amigo Bob Cantisano| CCOF Founder and Organic Vineyard Consultant
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