Conceived by authors Linda Kissam and Tom Plant to celebrate the luscious foods and premium wines of the beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Region located in Southern California. It is a […]
Linda Kissam is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California and is Vice President of IFWTWA. She writes for over seven publications and is featured monthly on a radio show. Her articles and radio interviews reach thousands of readers/listeners.
Linda specializes in easy, breezy destination stories focusing on what makes each destination special through it culinary and wine, beer and spirits scene and the soft adventures that surround those pursuits. She loves sharing her favorite things about the places she visits.
Her time spent as a publicist for a well-known wine region taught her it's the story behind the product and the experience of the place that makes the trip memorable. Her readers prefer the short getaway (2-5 days)nationally, the long stay abroad, and have the money to make their travel plans a reality.
She never knows if a story will end up being based on finding the perfect latte, ordering Pommes Frites with Parsley Butter in a small French bistro, checking her email in a small cafe in Sicily, or attending a wine seminar aboard a cruise ship. She mentors three Wine Review Councils, reviewing domestic and global wines.
She never travels without a notebook, camera and a great pair of Brighton flats. She has an addiction to personable people, interesting wines, gourmet coffee, fabulous chocolate and spicy foods. Anyone who knows her will tell you that she loves traveling anywhere, by any means, and is somewhat obsessive about local jewelry and a good taco.
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