First Name


Last Name




Main Contact Name

John Compisi


My Website


John Compisi has had a passion for writing about wine and food for over a decade. He, and wife Linda (photographer partner), lived in Northern California for over 20 years and recently resettled into Reno, Nevada. They have lived in 10 different states in the U.S. and have traveled extensively in Mexico, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. As a freelance writer, John focuses on wine, food, lifestyle and travel, generally, on California wine country but occasionally venturing to other wonderful American and European wine regions. Particular passions are the wines of France and Italy where they have traveled extensively.
His knowledge of wine and food have resulted in John becoming Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) certified and a judge for several prestigious wine competitions to include The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Sierra Foothills Wine Competition and the El Dorado Open Wine Competition. Additionally, he has been a judge or jury member for the French American Business Awards (focused on the wine and food categories) which is conducted under the auspices of the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco Chapter, The Taste Awards, often referred to as the Oscars of Food, Fashion and Lifestyle Media” Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, in Online and Streaming Video, on Radio and in Podcasts, and Photography.
Most recently, John and Linda cofounded the High Sierra Wine Society based in Reno, Nevada. The Wine Society hosts tastings of wines from the great wine regions around the world to educate and elevate the palates of its members during their bi-monthly gatherings. The Society has nearly 70 paid members and has conducted 10 events in the past 19 months. The programs engage local wine distributors, wine shop operators and the best winemakers they have met and befriended from the U.S. and Europe. .
John has been published in five different anthologies edited and released by the Bay Area Travel Writers and the Redwood Writers Branch of the California’s Writers Club. Aside from occasional print outlets, John’s writing is found on their website: which they launched in 2019. They have nearly 2,000 subscribers (growing organically) and have had over 280,000 visits in about 4 years. Perhaps more importantly, they have over 32,000 social media followers among Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and X (twitter). Finally, John is a regular contributor to



State / Province



United States

Primary focus of my work


Specific Focus

Culture, Destinations

How My Work Is Published

Books – as Author, Blog(s) – my own posts, Blog(s) – guest posts, Broadcast – radio/podcast, Writer – Freelance on assignment, Writer – Digital media (website), Website(s) – my own

Other Associations

Judge – The Taste Awards, Judge for various wine competitions, Jury and Advisory Board SF French-American COC, Credentialed Member – Bay Area Travel Writers, Member Redwood Writers Branch of the California Writers Club, Member High Sierra Writers club

Member Type

Regular Membership