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Earn $1 a Word at Wine Enthusiast

Wine-Enthusiast-ArticleOver the years, Wine Enthusiast has gained a reputation as a highly respected pub for its reviews and news on what’s hot in the world of wine. Yet despite its name, the mag covers more than just the latest trends in cabernet sauvignon. It also offers readers food- and destination-based features, as well as coverage of beer and spirits because as managing editor Joe Czerwinski says, “very few people are drinking just wine.”

So where’s the best place for a Pinot-loving (or whiskey-loving) freelancers to get their foot in the door? The front-of-book, of course:

“What we’re looking for are pieces that identify trends and cover the ancillary aspects to wine appreciation, like dieting and travel,” says Czerwinski. These trends-driven stories run from 300 to 400 words. A successful pitch, he says, might be something like: “‘Hey, I noticed that there’s a particular wine style that’s popping up on all of the cool restaurant lists now, and it’s something your readers should be aware of.’ Or, ‘City X has a great wine scene your readers might not know about; I’ll tell them the top five or six wine bars they should be visiting.’”

To hear more about this pub, including editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: Wine Enthusiast.

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine Gets Whole New Look

WineEnthusiastLogoHitting newsstands today, the March issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine boasts a “cover-to-cover” revamp. The publication, founded in 1988, comes out 13 times a year and has a per-issue readership of around 800,000.

The magazine has also rebooted its website winemag.com. From today’s announcement:

Wine Enthusiast readers want the best information on beverages available, but are far from the pompous, pontificating elitists once associated with the topic,” says executive editor Susan Kostrzewa. “They, and we, embrace the idea that wine can be fun. Our expert editors, tasters and writers are renowned in their field, but are still people you’d want sidled up next to you at the bar.”

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Cover California Wine Country for Wine Enthusiast

One of the most respected mags in the field, Wine Enthusiast aims “to educate and entertain readers in the most accessible and user-friendly way, as part of an active, upscale and fulfilling lifestyle.” The publication serves as an important source for ratings and reviews of wine and spirits; its tasting panel includes professionals with years of tasting experience located in the major wine producing regions of the world.

The mag is not only freelancer-friendly (50 percent of the print pub and 80 percent of the website are freelancer-written), but its coverage goes far beyond wine. Freelancers are invited to pitch everything from food and travel stories to profiles and statistics.

Read more in How To Pitch: Wine Enthusiast. [subscription required]