Alessandra Piubello, a journalist, writer, editor and expert wine-taster from Verona, has an innate passion for wine. Born in Italy's Valpolicella wine area, she, from a young age, began helping her father tend his vines and make the family wine. She began wine-tasting at the age of 8! Alessandra is the co-editor of the Veronelli Guida Oro I Vini wine guide - the first woman to hold this role in the guide's thirty years. She collaborates with leading Italian and international wine magazines and is author for L'Espresso's Ristoranti d’Italia guide. She has written several books and judges frequently at international wine competitions. She teaches at Luigi Veronelli Italian Gastonomy High School.