The Wine Traveler
The goal of The Wine Traveler is to provide a convenient single-source of information and advice about travel in the major wine regions of the world written by people who live or travel extensively there and have insider knowledge of the best wineries to visit, lodging, dining and things to see and do during your stay.
Rather than provide an overload of information, our editors select the facilities and sights that they feel are the best values and provide them in an easy-to-use format: the region, how to get there, when to visit, the towns, the wines, the wineries, places to dine, places to stay, and special things to see and do. You won’t find information on every winery, hotel, and restaurant in the area, but rather the ones our resident experts say are the best or best value – ones that they would recommend to friends who are coming to visit, including their choice of the best of the best. You’ll find phone and fax numbers, and web and e-mail addresses for the establishments listed to make it easy for you to get more information or book reservations.
Our Editors and Writers
David Gideon – Editor
From 1975 to 2002, David Gideon was the president of CPS Communications, which published tourist guides for seven Caribbean destinations and a leading business-to-business publication and directory in the healthcare field. During this period, he served as both editor-in-chief and publisher of all the company’s magazine titles. Today, he spends three to four months per year in the wine country of California, France, Italy, and Spain.
Beverly Gideon – Photojournalist
Beverly Gideon was vice president of CPS Communications where she was the publisher of a comprehensive directory of marketing personnel in the healthcare industry and was responsible for shooting photography for the company’s Caribbean tourist guides and promotional materials produced for resorts and businesses there. Her photographs have appeared in numerous magazines. Today she spends three to four months per year shooting photography in the wine country of California, France, Italy, and Spain.
Kitty and Fred Mann – Contributing Editors
Fred and Kitty Mann live in the heart of the wine country, where they are a part of the wine community. Prior to moving to California, Fred was co-founder and creative director, and Kitty an executive for Cline, Davis, Mann, a leading healthcare advertising agency. They have recently built a second home in Bay of Islands, New Zealand, where they are becoming familiar with the wines of the region and neighboring Australia. They contribute to The Wine Traveler with information on the wine regions of California, New Zealand, and Australia.
Marc Refabert – Contributing Editor
Marc Refabert lives in Tours, France and also has a home in Port d’Alon near Bandol on the
Mediterranean coast. He is the founder of www.fromages.com, which sells top-end French cheeses
to individuals and restaurants worldwide. He has an exceptional knowledge of French wines and
fine dining establishments. He contributes to The Wine Traveler with information on the Loire and Bandol.
Philippe Theme – Contributing Editor
Philippe Theme is part of the management team at Riboto de Taven, in Les Baux-de-Provence (www.riboto-de-taven.fr). He has an exceptional knowledge of wines of the region, as well as its history. He contributes to The Wine Traveler with information on wines and vineyards in the region. As it would be a conflict of interest, he does not provide information or evaluations for hotels and restaurants in the area, but does provide information on things to see and do in the region.