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
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.
Jeff Licciardello – Director of Branded Content
Jeff is a Manhattan-based public relations specialist. When he’s not taking photos or color coding his Google Calendar, you can find him on a quest to find the bar with the best happy hour specials and Britney Spears queued on the jukebox.
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.
Sam Oriach – Director Of Marketing
Sam is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and content marketer. When not building newsletters or shooting cocktail recipe videos, he can be found reading Junot Díaz and writing at a café in Bed-Stuy.
Batya Ungar-Sargon – Managing Editor
Batya Ungar-Sargon is an award winning journalist who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Foreign Policy, and other places.
Courtney Schiessl – Tastings Editor
Courtney Schiessl is a Brooklyn-based sommelier, wine writer, and consultant. Her work has been featured in Drink Me Magazine, ABC News, and The Daily Meal, among other publications. Courtney is currently a full-time sommelier at Dirty French and has worked the wine harvests in both Portugal and Bordeaux. All wine, all the time, with a nomadic heart to boot.
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.
Chief Revenue Officer
We’re proud to be backed by a great group of investors including: