The relationships between a wine publicist and media people are very interesting. I dare say that for the last 19 years of being a wine industry publicist, my relationships with wine writers, including the additions of wine bloggers, have been 99 percent charming, endearing, and positive… with lots to write home about. I have great respect for those who have opened their minds and hearts to the projects I’ve been working on.

Evan Goldstein MS recently said to me, “Jo, you end up on the most interesting projects.”

How right he is, and the success of those projects doubles right back to the wine writers and editors who also embrace the unusual and eclectic. My perfect examples today of “I wouldn’t have had this much success if it wasn’t for (fill in the) ____________,” are Jay and Nancy Walman of Punch In International Syndicate of New York, NY.

Their credentials are impeccable, the scope of their outreach is far and wide, and they’re always open to the new and creative. For years and years… I’ve enjoyed working with Jay and Nancy Walman. At first, it was just Jay that I was working with; then, Nancy joined Jay, and they became the dynamic duo that I know them as today.

Their wine media efforts…

  • The Walman Report, Culinary Gourmet features travel, restaurants, entertainment, and wine, Punch In International® News Syndicate
  • they have a blog:
  • They are heard on WQXR, The Radio Station of the NY Times
  • They have been also been heard on WNCN and WEVD radio
    • Written in Fodor’s and Mobil Guide Books, and printed in Chocolatier, Troika, Trump World and Metropolitan Millionaire magazines and newspapers and throughout the world, including NY’s Leading Neighborhood Newspapers “Our Town” and “The Spirit” the NY Post, Women’s Wear Daily and the NY Times, via the Punch In International Network.
    • J. Walman’s Restaurant Report, Wine On Line International®.

Nancy Walman responded to my questions; these are her answers.

[Q]  Many wine writers also have a day job. If wine isn’t your job, what is and for whom?

[Wine’s her day job…]

[Q]  When did you start writing about wine?

[A]  When we first started dating . . . a few years back 🙂

[Q]  What prompted you to start writing about wine?

[A]  Our genuine love of wine and our study and exploration.

[Q]  What aspect(s) of wine do you most enjoy covering?

[A]  Pairing with food and/or observing the development and aging over the years.

[Q]  How has your job changed since you’ve started?

[A]  More varieties and global aspect, shifting from Europe to New World. Also (unfortunately) a standardized criteria for tasting, removing some of the unique national terroir expectations, resulting in a general sameness.

[Q]  What’s the most memorable wine you’ve ever tasted?

[A]  1964 Richbourge and a 1955 Chateau Haute Brion. Also some great California Cabernets over 30 years old.

[Q]  What’s your favorite variety?

[A]  Cabernet Sauvignon (red); Riesling (white)

[Q]  Do you believe that there are better quality, lower priced wines today, than in past vintages?

[A]  Yes.

[Q]  What’s your favorite innovation in the wine industry over the past few years?

[A]  Organic wines.

[Q]  What’s your favorite food and wine pairing?

[A]  Chocolate desserts or seafood with reds, nuts and games meats with whites.

[Q]  What are your interests outside of the wine business?

[A]  Travel, theater, music.

[Q]  Who inspires you (wine business or outside of it, doesn’t matter)?

[A]  Life.

[Q]  For what would you like to be remembered?

[A]  Integrity.