Welcome to Episode 1666 on Italian Wine Podcast, Masterclass US Wine Market With Juliana Colangelo. Today, she will be interviewing Amanda McCrossin and Kristen Reitzell
More about today’s guests
Amanda McCrossin is a certified sommelier, wine personality and TikTok/Instagram/YouTube creator. When she was sommelier and wine director at PRESS restaurant in Napa Valley, Amanda worked on the largest and most comprehensive selection of wines in the world for this area. Under her, this selection has thrived, garnering nominations, accolades and awards from nearly every major food, wine and hospitality publication. She has been featured in Food & Wine Magazine, the Food Network and the San Francisco Chronicle; she has been on the cover of SOMM Journal and most recently she has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, which named her “Sommelier of the Year”. Today Amanda is regarded as a distinguished expert on Napa Valley wine and is regularly invited by media and conference organizers such as the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and Premiere Napa Valley.
Kristen Reitzell is the Senior Vice President of Communications & Digital Marketing at Jackson Family Wines. Kristen manages all aspects of the company’s communications strategy, overseeing corporate and family communications, as well as PR and digital marketing across the company’s global portfolio of wineries in California, Oregon, France, Italy, Australia, Chile, and South Africa.
More about Juliana Colangelo:
Juliana Colangelo is a Vice President at Colangelo & Partners, the leading wine and spirits communications agency in the U.S. Juliana joined Colangelo & Partners in 2013 with previous experience in events, hospitality, and nonprofit development. During her tenure at C&P, Juliana has led the development of the California office, growing the agency’s domestic presence to a dedicated office of 13 people with representation of leading wine companies such as Jackson Family Wines, Far Niente, Charles Krug Winery, Foley Family Wines and more. Juliana has completed her WSET Level 3 and her eMBA in Wine Business with Sonoma State University, allowing her to bring a strategic and sales-oriented approach to communications strategy for the agency. In 2021, Juliana was named one of PR News’ Top Women in PR in the “Rising Stars” category. In 2022 Juliana became a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador.
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