essica Yadegaran is a Bay Area wine writer, educator and judge who believes wine is the true marriage of art, science and spirit. Her work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines around the country for the past 10 years.
Jessica never frolicked through vineyards as a child; her wine life didn’t start with frequent family jaunts to the south of France. Rather, her late grandfather, a famous rabbi, made wine a half century ago in Iran, and it is Jessica’s belief that she inherited his love of the grape.
But she really discovered wine – fell head over heels for it – during the early part of her writing career, while working at a small newspaper on the Central Coast of California. The appellations, wines and winemakers of Edna Valley, Paso Robles, and Santa Ynez became quick friends in a quiet hamlet not exactly brimming with young professionals.
These days, whether interviewing a legendary winemaker, investigating must-have Napa Cabernet Sauvignon under $50 (they DO exist!) or leading a Comfort Food and Wine pairing class (pizza and Lambrusco, anyone?), it is Jessica’s mission to make wine accessible — to uncover its sensual and intellectual pleasures — for all. Her passion for and approach to wine is holistic: “Wine is about food,” she says. “It is about friends and love and connection.”
Currently, in addition to covering wine for the Bay Area News Group East Bay, Jessica contributes to Vinography.com and is available to lead and coordinate private or corporate wine events in your home, office, winery or restaurant. She is a professional member of Women for WineSense and a graduate of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Napa Valley.