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New Tasting Director Appointed at Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine Enthusiast magazine has announced the promotion of Alexander Peartree to the role of Tasting Director. Previously the Tasting Manager, Peartree worked closely with former Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo, who was in the role for more than six years. Buzzeo, as Managing Editor, will now be focusing solely on orchestrating print production and creative development of Wine Enthusiast magazine.

“Alex has proven to be a key member of the Tasting and Editorial teams in his years with Wine Enthusiast and we’re excited to see where he’ll take the tasting program next,” says Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa. “He has a keen insight on operations as well as editorial and business strategy, complemented by a clear passion for wine, spirits, beer and cider. “

This past year, Peartree has acquired the tasting beats of his home state of New York, as well as selected regions of Italy, including Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria. By utilizing his hands-on knowledge and understanding of the tasting process, Peartree will be guiding and managing the reviewers of the magazine, assuring that the ratings and reviews provided by each are unbiased, consistent and in accordance with the rigorous standards set forth by Wine Enthusiast. His past experience working in New York wine country as well as with the public relations team at The Winebow Group has added to his knowledge of the industry and will aid him in growing the reach of the magazine.

Peartree will be assisted by Fiona Adams, who has been promoted to Assistant Tasting Director, with day-to-day operations of the department.

For detailed information on where to send wine samples, please review our FAQ Tasting and Review Information Sheet. Please also include a completed Wine Submission Form with any sample shipment. All current tasting and review information can also be found here.

For specific tasting and review inquiries, please contact Tasting Director Alexander Peartree at

About Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Founded in 1988, Wine Enthusiast’s approach to wine and the wine-loving lifestyle is accessible and unpretentious, and enjoyed by novices and experts alike. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s total audience is at nearly four million strong across digital, print and social platforms. With 18 dedicated wine reviewers who offer extensive coverage of all major wine-producing areas, as well as those more up-and-coming, the magazine publishes more than 23,000 wine ratings and reviews each year in its Buying Guide, more than any other U.S.-based wine-reviewing magazine. All wines are reviewed blind to coincide with Wine Enthusiast’s strict tasting protocol, which guarantees an impartial, credible assessment of each wine reviewed. Visit our Ratings page to access our free online database of nearly 250,000 reviews.