Retired Wine Writer Steve Heimoff

Retired wine writer Steve Heimoff wrote for Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. However, the direction of his blog and his writing changed as he grew.

Listen to our conversation and hear the story of a writer who married his two loves into an amazing career.

Discovering Wine

Our story begins in New York City where Steve was born. He moved to California in the late 1970s to attend graduate school.

Steve finished school with an MA in Educational Technology. Meanwhile his love of wine was about to begin. In particular a lifelong education that would define his career.

In short, it all started with a trip to the grocery store. At the time Steve believed that all wine tasted the same. However his sister changed his mind with one statement.

“There is a difference between which bottle you choose,” she said. After that day Steve never chose a bottle of wine without looking at it.


Becoming a Writer

After four years directing a Career Planning and Placement Center at a Bay Area college, he switched direction. Steve decided to combine his two loves β€” wine and writing β€” into one career. In this case it was wine writing.

Book Signing in the Sun

Wine personality

Steve was successful and became one of the nation’s pre-eminent wine writers/critics/personalities. He is the author of A Wine Journey along the Russian River and New Classic Winemakers of California: Conversations with Steve Heimoff 

Sandy Days

Steve retired in 2016 and now lives contentedly with his little dog, Gus, in the lively city of Oakland. His hobbies include weightlifting, improv and writing his political blog,

About the Storyteller

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Seth Singleton believes in a common thread that connects us all.

In the end, everyone has a story to tell.  

He is the author of This is a Language of Fists.

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