Alan Tardi is an award-winning wine and food writer. He has worked as a chef, restaurateur, sommelier and consultant in some of New York City's finest restaurants, and frequently writes for publications including The New York Times, Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, Decanter and Food Arts. He is the author of Romancing the Vine, a book about life in the Piemonte district of Italy that focuses on the cultivation and harvest of the region's celebrated Barolo wine, which won the James Beard Award for Best Wine and Spirits Book in 2006. He is a wine educator at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. He splits his time between Brooklyn, New York, and Piedmont, Italy.