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Linda Kissam

About Linda Kissam

Linda Kissam is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based in the winters out of Southern California condo and on a Grand Banks boat in the summers in Seattle, WA. She is the current president of The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. She specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. As she sips with the winemaker, dines with the chef, or shops with the gift concierge, she dishes out insights on the fabulous, the famous and the unforgettable. Whether riding the rails in Europe, cruising the San Juan or Gulf Islands, cruising on the Douro River, or being pampered at luxurious spas and resort, she is investigating the local buzz to provide her readers with tips on what to buy and what to try.

Linda loves finding and sharing what makes each place she visits so special. Her time spent as a publicist for a well-known wine region taught her it’s the story behind the product and the experience of the place that makes the trip memorable. She never knows if "the story" will end up being based on finding the perfect latté, ordering Pommes Frites with Parsley Butter in a small French bistro, searching for an Internet café in Sicily, or attending a wine seminar aboard a cruise ship. She never travels without a notebook, camera and a great pair of Brighton flats. She has an addiction to personable people, interesting wines, gourmet coffee, fabulous chocolate and spicy foods. Anyone who knows her will tell you that she loves traveling anywhere, by any means, and is somewhat obsessive about jewelry and a good taco.

Linda is now on the road sipping wine, dipping into eternity pools, piloting narrow boats in England, and concentrating on finding the best experiences for her readers. Using fractured French, Spanglish and a good sense of humor she is on the hunt for the perfect cruise, the best winery, the unbelievable purse, the sexiest pair of shoes, a beautiful bangle or two and the best travel experiences possible – be it local in So-Cal, Washington state or thousands of miles away in any direction. Some people find it a crazy lifestyle; she likes to think of it as amazing opportunities.

Articles by Linda Kissam

Meet the Twins

I like the fact I get to meet a lot of different winemakers. They’re creative types, focused on crafting beautiful wines. They come in all shapes and sizes of course. They’re young, they’re old

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I really love a bottle of wine that is not only good, but has a story behind it too. That’s why it’s such a treat to introduce you to Gioia Wines and owner/winemaker Teri Love. Gioia is one of t

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Casinos and Wine

Today’s casino is a rich tapestry of poker, entertainment, food and wine.  There’s a seductive aurora that greets you at the door, staying with you until you retrieve your car from

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A Napa Christmas

Looking for a truly unique pre or post-Christmas getaway in a magical setting? Is it innovative cuisine, a romantic hotel, Christmas activities, and amazing Napa Valley premium wines that are on yo

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It feels like Christmas at my house every few weeks or so with new wine shipments arriving for my review.  I was especially thrilled to see 4 wines from Dunning Vineyards arrive last month: th

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