Jim Hammond’s first glass of wine, a burgundy that serendipitously paired particularly well with his Steak Diane, in Hong Kong in 1964 launched a life-long quest for more ideal food/wine pairings. Along the way he found the joy of discovery—and sharing those discoveries with friends—made the quest even more special. Jim includes wine and wine lore in his novels as well as his wine writing.
"There is the beginning of a renaissance of wine making in the southwest, and no one else seems to be representing it properly," says Jim. "What does that mean? It's writing about the history and romance of these wines, including the challenges facing those with enough passion to carve out a niche in the wine market without the panache of west coast wineries. My job is to write—and talk—about it in detail, while providing wine consumers with new markets and wines to try. Life doesn't get any better than that!"