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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, also known as the World Wine Guys, are wine, spirits, food and travel writers. When not traversing the globe, they divide their time between their homes in NYC and southern Spain. Mike and Jeff are the Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors for Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Their articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and Saveur. They are the proud authors of The Fire Island Cookbook, published by Emily Bestler/Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. It has a fun foreword by Al Roker, and has hit best-selling status in several categories.

Their much-anticipated Wines of the Southern Hemisphere: The Complete Guide (Sterling, Barnes and Noble Publishing) is scheduled for release on October 2, 2012 and has a foreword by international wine consultant Michel Rolland. They are the authors of the Port Wine chapter in Kevin Zraly’s book, The Ultimate Wine Companion: The Complete Guide to Understanding Wine By the World’s Foremost Wine Authorities, and also wrote the South Africa Whiskey chapter in Barrels and Drams. They have hosted many private client wine tastings and dinners, including those at the Spanish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. and have taught at Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Wine Course.

The duo has judged the prestigious wine competition, Concours des Vins in Chablis, France, and cooking competitions at the French Culinary Institute in NYC. Mike and Jeff were inducted into the Confrerie des Piliers Chablisiens in 2010. They are members of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, The Society of Wine Educators and The James Beard Foundation. The duo writes a monthly column for Wine Enthusiast Magazine as well as frequent feature articles. In addition to their monthly print column -- Life Of The Party -- they now host home entertaining videos called A Wine Affair for the magazine’s website. Mike and Jeff were the first guests to pair wine and food on Martha Stewart’s Hallmark Channel Show and were featured guests on Martha Stewart Living Radio. In addition, they have appeared on numerous national and local television programs including CBS News. Clips can be seen on their own website and Wine Enthusiast’s

They have visited most of the world’s wine regions, including Spain’s La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedes, Castilla y Leon, La Mancha, Rueda, Jerez, D.O. Malaga, Toro and Cigales. In France, they have toured Burgundy, Chablis, Provence, Bordeaux, Sud-Ouest, Alsace, Loire Valley and Champagne. Among the regions visited in Italy are Tuscany, Chianti, Sicily and Friuli. Their travels have also brought them to Tokaj and Eger in Hungary, as well as wine-growing areas in Argentina, Chile, Australia, Brazil, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Uruguay, Germany, Turkey, Greece, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand and lesser-known wine regions in South America, Oceania, Africa, North America, Europe and Asia. Closer to home, they have been to Long Island’s North Fork, NY’s Hudson Valley, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Paso Robles and Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. Mike and Jeff have visited many of the rum, whiskey, grappa, tequila, brandy and vodka producing regions of the world. Their hobbies include chasing the harvest wherever grapes are grown and dinners with chefs, family and friends and winemakers. Having visited six continents, their goal is to be the first journalists to board an icebreaking boat as soon as ice wine is produced in Antarctica.

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Traveling With Your Tunes

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 11:30 AM

The best way we have found to avoid soulless airline playlists and irritating (but meant to be soothing) elevator music AND to block out the sounds that push our buttons is to travel with our own tunes and the gear to deliver them. Personal preference dictates whether you are an...

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Little Luxuries on the Trail

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 9:31 PM

After a day of hiking, biking, or kayaking, we will never confuse sleeping in a tent with the plush bed at home, but we can console ourselves by making sure we pack a few little luxuries. Most take up minimal space in a pack or pannier, and knowing we have...

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Adventure Travel Essentials

(3) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Although we are no strangers to luxury travel, we do rough it every now and again, and in our travels we have found a few items to be indispensable. Whether you are camping, kayaking, hiking, or spending a few days on a bicycle, here is some equipment that will make...

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Simplify Travel With the Small Things

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 1:45 PM

When Mother Theresa said, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies," she was certainly not talking about our carry-on bags. That said, between luggage restrictions and limited cabin space, we need to be conscious of the size of each and every item that...

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Travel By Sea: Time to Pack Your Bag

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Travel by boat does not simply take us from point to point -- it transports us back in time. We have traveled from Dubrovnik, Croatia to the nearby city of Split by private vessel over the course of a week. While this distance could be covered in about three hours...

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Little Things That Make Travel Way Easier

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 11:50 AM

We have all heard the phrase, "It's the little things that count." In these days of shrinking airplane seats and limited luggage allowances we truly need to be conscious of the size of everything we carry when traveling. From the dimensions of our bag to all the items we place...

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Travel Essentials for the Stylish Man

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 9:59 AM

As people who travel at least 20 weeks per year, we spend a lot of time on airplanes. Elite flyer status allows us to board early, get situated, and observe our fellow man, either in all his glory or lack thereof. While minimal legroom and shared armrests hardly make you...

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Mother's Day Gifts for the Mom Who Travels

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:04 PM

Mother's Day is on the way, and it's a great time to think about the perfect gift for the mother in your life who spends part of her time away from home. Whether she is headed out of town on business trips, a vacation or retreat, or helping to corral...

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This Valentine's Day, Give a Little Love to the Chef in Your Life

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:15 PM

There's more to give on Valentine's Day than flowers and chocolate, especially if the love of your life loves to cook. A gift that speaks to your partner's passion in the kitchen shows you care, it will last a lot longer than a foil-wrapped heart filled with edible delights, and...

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Holiday Cookbooks for Giving and Getting

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 9:55 AM

Cookbooks are a wonderful source of inspiration, especially those with beautiful photography and the occasional step-by-step illustration for tricky techniques. A well-worn cookbook is like a cherished friend, one we turn to again and again for comfort and encouragement. The stories surrounding the dishes are often as enticing as the...

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Books for Wine and Spirits Lovers: A Holiday Gift Guide

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Possibly the most difficult thing about finding the perfect gift for the wine or spirits lover on your list is that you can never be quite sure that you are buying the perfect bottle. Even if you nail the brand spot on, there's always the chance that you will get...

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Telluride, Colorado and Dunton Hot Springs: High Altitudes and Haute Cuisine

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 11:25 AM

We hate to admit this, but neither of us had ever been to Colorado...until last week. We just never thought of it as a destination for fine food, wine, and hotel experiences and let's just say, man, were we wrong. We had such a great time in Telluride and the...

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Auction Napa Valley 2014 Raises $18.4 Million for Charity

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:43 PM

In one of the most anticipated wine country events of the year, Auction Napa Valley 2014 raised $18.4 million for non-profit charities that provide community health and children's education to the valley's residents. Held Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th, (with opening and closing events bracketing the auction on...

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Coastal Tuscany's "Hidden" Treasure: Exploring Morellino di Scansano

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 4:16 PM

While international tourists routinely bypass the beautiful coastal region known as the Maremma on the way to central Tuscany, in-the-know Romans and international jetsetters alike flock to its beaches and hilltop towns every summer to enjoy just-caught seafood, locally raised pork, beef, and lamb, and an abundance of garden-fresh vegetables...

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Gilding the Golden Mile: Ribera del Duero, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Known worldwide for luscious barrel-aged Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero is shifting its focus to architecture in addition to winemaking, ushering in a new era of tourism in the venerable wine region. In the last several years, buildings have begun to replace bottles as the icons of Ribera, especially in the...

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Holiday and Hostess Cookbooks and Wine Books

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Wherever you are spending the holidays this year, it is always a nice touch to walk through the door with a gift for your host. In most families or groups of friends, the person who opens his or her doors and heart is usually the one with the best entertaining...

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Bubbles and Bikes: Prosecco Goes to the Superbike Races

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:37 PM

What do Superbike races and DOC Prosecco have in common? More than you'd think -- they're both very European, and specifically very Italian -- with European born drivers and sponsors like Alfa Romeo, Ducati, Pirelli, and Prosecco. DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) Prosecco has always played a part in celebrating...

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Inspired by Istria: Visiting Croatian Wine Country

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 6:56 PM

After a few glasses of his delicious aged Malvasia Istriana, (known locally as Malvazija Istarska) winemaker Ivica Matosevic told us, "My grandfather lived in Austria, my father was born in Italy, I was raised in Yugoslavia, and my daughter was born in Croatia, yet nobody ever moved." Matosevic, one of...

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Too Hot to Cook: Summer Cookbooks for Beating the Heat

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 5:45 PM

When late summer rolls around, it seems like a major chore to put on long pants and socks -- forget about turning on the oven or leaving a cast iron pot simmering away on the stove all day. During July's heat wave, even the simple act of grilling became unpleasant....

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What's New in Burgundy?

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 2:28 PM

Burgundy is the oldest continuously producing wine region in the world, but time is not standing still in its historic vineyards and chateaus. We have been visiting Burgundy for fifteen years, and although wine has been made here since the first century AD and tradition reigns strong, there is always...

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