At VinePair, drinking is culture. We’re a group of people obsessed with experiences centered around drinking and connecting them to everything else in their lives from news, to politics, to arts, to sports and culture. We hold a firm belief in the distinct difference between covering drinking in a thought provoking way, and covering drinking in a way that is disrespectful and celebrates overindulgence. Our content fuels the conversations people have over a drink. We’re a passionate and committed team that uses our expertise and unique voice to create lifestyle content that resonates. It is our goal to become one of the world’s leading lifestyle publications and fundamentally influence our generation.
The VinePair Team
Vicki Denig – Content Marketing Manager
When not writing or wine tasting, Vicki can be found running through the park or discovering the world one city at a time. New Yorker by blood, Francophile at heart.
Nickolaus Hines – Staff Writer
Nickolaus Hines is a Manhattan-based journalist. When he’s not writing about drinks, he can be found tasting your next favorite libation and eating ungodly amounts of food.
Mara Kiggins – Digital Designer
Mara is a Brooklyn residing designer with a background specializing in branding & identity design. In her free time she can be found baking apple pies and sipping on Bourbon.
Joshua Malin – President & Co-Founder
Josh loves putting things together — websites, words, legos, and cases of wine. Prior to VinePair, Josh spent a few years helping to build Ez Texting, an NYC startup, into the leading provider of text messaging services to small businesses. Ez Texting was acquired in late 2012, by CallFire, in a transaction facilitated by funding from Morgan Stanley, Investor Growth Capital & Multiplier Capital. In 2008, Josh served as the founding editor of Good Night Mr. Lewis, an award winning nightlife blog, still written today by Steve Lewis for Blackbook Magazine. Josh also co-founded MobileSmarts, one of the earliest (as in monophonic ringtones) and largest distributors of ringtones in North America.
Brooke-Ashley Peterson – Social Media Editor
Ever since she was 14, Brooke has had a passion for social media. After doing some freelance editorial work throughout college and reporting for various publications, she decided to bridge the gap between entertainment and the culture of food/drink. Working for 3 years as an editor, social media manager, and broadcast reporter at AOL helped to prepare her for her position at VinePair, where she hopes to help develop and implement innovative social media marketing strategies.
Michael Portanova – Chief Marketing Officer
Mike is an attorney who passed the bar, got a cush job at a top-tier law firm, and promptly quit to move to Asia and pursue a slightly-less-cush-but-way-more-exciting career in the startup world. Since then, he’s been helping grow early-stage companies, including Greatist and, most recently, as Director of Growth at Atlas Obscura. If he’s being real, he’s a beer (IPA) and bourbon guy, but he thinks wine is hella classy (oh he’s also from California) so he’s into learning more about it. He loves Legos.
Adam Teeter – Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Adam has spent the past 9 years of his life obsessed with wine and trying to remove the elitism often associated with the industry. In 2010, Adam, along with our Chief Wine Geek Keith Beavers, founded Vivo in Vino, a music series that paired cutting-edge bands, such as The Antlers and Freelance Whales, with accessible wine makers, such as Mouton Noir and Brooklyn Oenology, in an intimate setting. Together with Keith, Adam also created and wrote Juiced, a television show about wine and culture that was optioned by Herzog TV. Adam is a winner of the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup American Wine-Tasting Championship. When not obsessing over wine, Adam has also served in a marketing strategy role for startups including Shutterstock, Tablet Magazine, and JDub Records.
Naomi Firestone-Teeter – Editorial Advisor
Naomi has a passion for good wine and great design. Driven by the desire to not be intimidated when ordering wine at a restaurant or buying wine in a store, Naomi founded the Hell’s Kitchen Wine Club in 2007 as a way for her and her friends to educate one another about wine. She served as head of marketing for Vivo in Vino and has developed and implemented digital marketing strategies for the Jewish Book Council.