Executive Editor / Founder
Primary Coverage Areas: Italy, France, Napa Valley
Joe’s career as a wine writer spans back over a decade, starting with his first wine publication launched in 2004, TheWine-Insider.com. With the success of this publication, Joe found the need to expand in order to a cover a larger audience, this was the beginning of what is now known as the International Wine Report. In 2009, Joe began his new platform designed to meet the demands of an international audience, writing independent reviews and covering wines from all regions around the world, mainly focusing on the wines of Italy, United States, France as well as Germany and South Africa. Joe also continues to travel to Italy, France and California to taste and discover new wines.
Today, Joe leads a team of writers in covering wines from all regions around the world. He continues to pride himself on delivering completely independent coverage, while providing his readership with free access to the entire site. As his audience continues to grow each year, Joe sees an even brighter future for IWR, planning to take advantage of new technologies and continuing to expand the publication.
Senior Editor / Director of Public Relations
Primary Coverage Areas: Sonoma Coast, Loire Valley, Austria
Mike D’Angelo has been writing reviews for the International Wine Report since its inception in 2009. With a professional background in Business Sales and Public Relations, Mike also handles much of the public relations for International Wine Report. In addition to wine, Mike has extensive knowledge in craft beer and spirits. Mike also travles to France to taste and discover new wines.
Dr. Owen Bargreen
Primary Coverage Areas: Washington, Oregon, Sonoma County, Australia, Spain, Portugal
Dr. Owen Bargreen joined the International Wine Report Editorial staff in 2015. Owen is the founder/executive editor of Washington Wine Blog. He is a clinical psychologist and has his private practice in the Seattle area. In December, 2014 Owen achieved his Level 2 Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and currently working to achieve a Level 3 Certification. This means that he has met the Court of Master Sommeliers standards for proficiency in blind tasting, as well as wine knowledge and wine service. Owen has also been writing about wine for more than ten years and travels extensively in Washington, Oregon and California, as well as throughout other wine regions of the world, including the France, Spain, Germany and Italy. He speaks German, Italian and English.
Dr. Jae Hong
Primary Coverage Areas: Languedoc, Paso Robles, Southern Italy, Argentina, Chile
Dr. Jae Hong joined the International Report Editorial staff in 2016. He is a long time resident of the Seattle area, where he grew up in Kenmore and attended the University of Washington for his professional education. He obtained his certification from the Court of Master Sommelier in 2016 and is also currently an executive board member of the Washington Athletic Club’s esteemed wine program. His main area of interest are wines made with Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre from Washington, California and France. Jae is grateful to live in a region where these varietals thrive and some of the most exciting and innovative wines are being produced. He is also an Associate Editor of the Washington Wine Blog, where his goal is to bring education and exposure to the wines of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Jae also maintains a private practice as an oral surgeon, with multiple offices throughout Western Washington.
Primary Coverage Areas: Mendocino County, New Zealand
Jade Helm joined the International Editorial staff in 2016. Jade is the primary author of a The Tasting Pour. Jades primary area of interests are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and she enjoys helping people explore wines whether they are simply tasty and affordable for everyday enjoyment, or worthy of cellaring. For those who want to understand wine in greater depth, Jade offers information about tasting terms, regions, wine making methods etc. Her expertise is evidenced by her certification from the Court of Master Sommelier as well as credentials from the Society of Wine Educators (Certified Specialist in Wine) and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (Diploma in Wine and Spirits).