Steve Kirwan
Executive Editor
Steve Kirwan is a seasoned whiskey influencer with over 25 years of experience reviewing and writing about whiskey, wine, and related topics. He’s the founder and editor of multiple whiskey websites, including Single Malt USA and Whiskey Trends, and once sold his website to the Wall Street Journal!!! He is currently writing the definitive book on American Single Malt Whiskeys. Follow on LinkedIn and FaceBook.

Brianne Cohen
Freelance Writer
Brianne Cohen, MBA, is a Los Angeles-based certified sommelier, wine educator, and freelance writer. Brianne offers winetasting experiences (in-person and virtual) for corporate clients, highlighting diverse-owned wineries. Brianne judges at wine competitions and holds the WSET Diploma. She writes for outlets such as Decanter, Monarch Wine, and SommTV. Follow along on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Gillian G Gaar
Freelance Writer
Gillian G. Gaar is the author of several books (check them out here) and has written for numerous publications worldwide. She loves learning about new cocktails (especially tropical ones) but still appreciates the classics (gin & tonic, margarita, Moet et Chandon). Her favorite place to sip a mai tai is Halekulani’s House Without a Key. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Seattle.

Mike GerrardMIke Gerrard
Freelance Writer
Mike Gerrard is an award-winning travel and drinks writer who has worked for National Geographic, The Times, BBC Travel, American Express, AAA, Waitrose Drinks, and many more. He publishes the Travel Distilled website and is the author of Cask Strength, which tells the story of the barrel, Islay Distilled, and Cognac Distilled. He and his wife also   publish the Arizona Travel Guide.

Amy “Whiskey” Lynch
Freelance Writer
Amy Lynch is an Indianapolis-based freelance writer specializing in Midwestern food and travel. She enjoys road trips, Kentucky bourbon, books, live music, and breakfast all day. She’s written for the Indianapolis Star and the Chicago Tribune/Chicagoland Publishing, and spent two years in Los Angeles pursuing a screenwriting career. Read more at her website,

Fran Endicott Miller
Freelance Writer
Fran Endicott Miller is a San Francisco/Bay Area-based freelance travel and wine writer and senior contributor to a number of luxury lifestyle publications. Her stories take full advantage of her proximity to Napa Valley. Her ideal assignment is a river cruise through one of Europe’s revered wine regions. She serves as editor-at-large for, senior writer for Napa Valley Life Magazine, and California editor for luxury travel club Essentialist. View her work at her website,

Carolyn Sellar
Freelance Writer
Carolyn Sellar is a renaissance woman in the whisky & spirits world. She owns Adventures in Whisky, and is a certified educator, whisky & spirits writer, event producer, branding consultant. In addition, she’s a regional & national whisky, spirits, and cocktail competition judge including the San Francisco Whiskies of the World competition and Sip Magazine, and she’s the Head Judge for Seattle World Whisky Day awards competition.

Kristen Schott
Freelance Writer
Kristen Schott is Philadelphia magazine’s deputy editor of lifestyle and weddings, covering travel, fashion, interior design, and more. She also co-edits the annual Best of Philly feature. Her work appears in Condé Nast Traveler, Bethesda magazine, Northern Virginia magazine, and others. A Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley wine aficionado, sipping an afternoon pinot noir is among her favorite pastimes. When she’s not writing or sipping wine, she’s training for her next long-distance run. Follow on Instagram and Facebook.

Renee Wilmeth
Freelance Writer
Renee Wilmeth is a publishing professional with extensive experience as a non-fiction writer, book doctor and development editor. Her specialties include business, leadership, nutrition, health, food, wine, and spirits.  She’s involved with a variety of local, regional and national non-profits as a board member and volunteer. Connector. Creator. You can follow her wine travels (and other adventures) on Instagram and her website here.

zimmPeter Zimmermann
Freelance Writer
Peter Zimmermann is a senior wine and beverage industry professional. Featured writer for Wine and Whiskey Globe. He’s a former Master of Whisky for Diageo’s portfolio of brands, including Bulleit Bourbon and Rye, George Dickel Tennessee whiskies, The Classic Malts of Scotland, Crown Royal, Bushmills, Buchanan’s and Johnnie Walker. He recently completed his Advanced Wine Analysis Degree at UC Davis. He lives in Northern California. Peter on LinkedIn

David Zivan
Editor-in-Chief, Freelance Writer
David Zivan is the former Editor of Wine and Whiskey Globe and is the current Senior Editor of the Chicago Lyric Opera. He is currently studying for his WSET Level 2 Award in wine and is the former Wine and Spirits editor for Modern Luxury magazines. *** EDITOR’S NOTE: I want to give a special thanks to David for his unwavering support and for recommending my appointment as the new Executive Editor- Steve!


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