Jim credits his job as editor of the St. Helena Star newspaper in Napa Valley in the 1980s with introducing him to the wine industry and many of its modern-day pioneers. He was managing editor of Wine Spectator for 12 years in San Francisco and New York, and editor in chief of Appellation / Wine Country Living magazine in Sonoma, Calif., for four, during which time he was a founder of Wine Country Living TV with NBC station KNTV in San Jose.
Jim was VP of Content for Drinks.com (all too briefly, he says) during the dot-com boom. He currently maintains a website of his own, CaliforniaWinePost.com. Jim began his journalism career on the campus newspaper at Denison University in Ohio. After graduation he became a daily newspaper reporter.