PALATEXPOSURE

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Hello! I'm Ilona

CWAS: CA Wine Appellation Specialist~Wine~Spirits~Travel Writer~Photojournalist~Educator~Judge

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Who is PalateXposure?

Ilona (2)

Ilona Thompson is a serial entrepreneur with several successful business ventures under her belt. Awestruck by the beauty of California wine countries, she moved to San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her passion for food and wine. She splits her time between visiting wine regions worldwide, attending a diverse variety of tastings and taking professional educational courses. She studied at the Culinary Institute of America, (CIA) and holds a California Wine Appellation Specialist certification, (CWAS).

 

As a journalist, Ilona covers numerous high profile wine and food events, such as Auction Napa Valley, Aspen Food and Wine Classic, Cayman Cookout, Nantucket Wine Festival, Naples Winter Wine Festival, New York City Food & Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, and lots more. She has interviewed numerous elusive, fascinating, highly notable chefs, vintners, winemakers and wine personalities. She is Editor-in-Chief for PalateXposure and has contributed to Broadside News, Chic Metropolitan, DrinkMe Magazine, Glass of Bubbly, Preiser Key to Napa Valley and Snooth. She also writes about artisanal spirits and luxury tourism.

ABOVE ALL ELSE, I AM...

A passionate wine & spirits writer. I have written for numerous wine and spirits publications.

I SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON...

Social media! I have accumulated tens of thousands of dedicated wine connoisseurs on Twitter.

YOU'LL ALWAYS SEE ME...

Snapping away hundreds of photos. Don't forget to check out my new site, palatexposure.photography.

WINE REVIEWS

 

PalateXposure #Wine provides detailed reviews on some of the most sought-after wines available.

Want to get in touch with me? Click here to ask a question, submit a request for a review, or anything else!

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

 

PalateXposure #Wine offers a behind-the-scenes look into some of the highest-end restaurants in the country.

Don’t forget to visit my main site, palatexposure.com! You’ll find stories on the world’s most exclusive wine events, interviews with some of the most talented winemakers and chefs, opinion pieces, and more!

SPIRITS REVIEWS

 

PalateXposure #Wine will update you on the best drinks in the whisky, gin, rum, vodka (and much more) world.

Make sure to visit my new site, palatexposure.photography. Here, you can find gorgeous collections of wine photography, all of which are free to use under the Creative Commons license.

HOTEL REVIEWS

 

PalateXposure #Wine will give you a tour of the country’s finest places to stay.

Never miss the latest posts on all three of my sites by following me on Twitter! Over 15,000 people already have!

BAR REVIEWS

 

PalateXposure #Wine give unprecedented access to the country’s best bars.

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