lives in Verona, Italy. She is a journalist and an award-winning author of books about wine, and a few about Sherlock Holmes as well. She has worked in New York, London, Paris, Champagne, Bordeaux and the south of France as fine wine broker and wine buyer, vendangeuse, sommelier and tasting tutor. While in London she studied blind tasting for three years with Master of Wine Maggie McNie and passed the WSET professional exams. She now writes about wine, Italy, culture and books for magazines and websites, and reviews books for Publishers Weekly.