Alan Tardi first got interested in wine while working as a cook, chef and restaurateur in New York City. As a freelance journalist, he has written numerous articles for publications including The New York Times, The Wine Spectator, Decanter, Sommelier Journal and Wine & Spirits Magazine. In 2003, Alan moved to the village of Castiglione Falletto in the heart of the Barolo region in Piedmont, Italy, where he spent years working in the surrounding vineyards and wineries through all phases of the production process. In 2009, he began frequenting the Conegliano Valdobbiadene region. After getting to know many winemakers, as well as principals of the governing Consortium,
Alan was named the first-ever US Ambassador of Conegliano Valdobbiadene in 2015. His book, "Romancing the Vine: Life, Love and Transformation in the Vineyards of Barolo” (St Martins Press, 2006) won a James Beard Award for Best Wine and Spirits Book of 2006. A new book—“Champagne, Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink” (PublicAffairs Books)—was published in May 2016.