Editorial Team


Editor-in-Cheif / Executive Editor
Base Location: New York Area / NJ

Primary Coverage Areas:
Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Tuscany, Rhône 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 to a larger platform to accommodate for the fast growing audience, and this was the beginning of what is now known as the International Wine Report.  In 2009, Joe launched this new platform designed to meet the demands of an international audience, continuing to write independent, in-dpeth reviews, covering wines from a wide range of regions around the world. Currently, Joe primarily focuses on covering wines from major regions in France, Italy and California, and continues to travel to these areas annually to meet with winemakers, taste and discover new wines.

Joe also heads a talented team of writers, and oversees the coverage of wines from around the world. He continues to pride himself on offering his readership free access to thousands of in-depth wine reviews and tasting notes. As his audience continues to grow each year, Joe sees an even brighter future for IWR, as he plans to expand the editorial team and incorporate new technologies to further grow the publication. 




Senior Editor / Director of Public Relations
Base Location: New York Area / PA

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 and was a key component in the start of the pubication. With a professional background in Business Sales and Public Relations, Mike also handles much of the public relations for International Wine Report, frequently attending industry events and traveling to various regions as the ambassador for International Wine Report. In addition to wine, Mike also has extensive knowledge in craft beer and spirits.




Senior Editor
Base Locaton: Seattle, WA

Primary Coverage Areas:
Washington, Oregon, 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.




Contributing Editor
Base Location: San Fransicso, CA

Primary Coverage Areas: 

Julie Albin joined the International Wine Report Team in 2019. She is a veteran of the wine and spirits industries with several areas of focus. In addition to serving as a Certified WSET Educator, she has also sat as a panelist, judge, event director, and product designer for wine and spirits projects. The former Editor-in-Chief of Drink Me Magazine, her works have also been published in Decanter Magazine, The Drinks Business, THE PRESS (San Francisco Chronicle), Liquor.com, OZY, Whisky Advocate, and more. Julie also holds the WSET Diploma and is currently a candidate for the Master of Wine title.




Contributing Editor
Base Location: Oregon

Primary Coverage Areas:
Mendocino County, New Zealand

Jade Helm joined the International Editorial team 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 WSET Wine and Spirits Education Trust (Diploma in Wine and Spirits). 




Contributing Editor
Base Location: Italy

Primary Coverage Areas:

Raffaele Vecchione joined our team in May, 2019. Raffaele was born in Naples, Italy and currently resides in Arezzo, Italy. He is also the Founder and Editor of WinesCritic.com. Raffaele also has experience as a winemaker, producing wines made from Sangiovese and Fiano in Tuscany and in Campania. After working in the in cellar, mainly in Tuscany and in Puglia, but also in Chile, Raffaele joined the team at JamesSuckling.com as an assistant editor and tasting coordinator, where he gained experience traveling around the world and tasting thousand wines. He speaks multiple languages including Italian, Spanish and English.


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