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As food, wine and travel writers we take mouthwatering, refreshing, exotic, inviting photos every day. Now we're excited to share more of our members' photos with you. Each month we update our homepage with a new image and anecdote from our featured member photographer. 

Pam and Gary Baker
IFWTWA Home Page Photography Committee

Featured Member & October 2020 Banner Winner 

South Willamette Valley vineyard panorama

Willamette Valley Vista @ Cori Solomon
"The vistas from a vineyard on a gorgeous day can bring new life to every winery. In this case it had been raining the night before and I was fortunate to get to Vidon Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA as the sky had cleared exposing puffy clouds. From a NASA scientist working on the Apollo program, Don Hagge turned his efforts into growing grapes and making wine after he retired. Mesmerized by the view, I can only imagine waking up each day to this vineyard view."

Cori Solomon headshot avatarCori Solomon, an award-winning freelance writer/photographer, resides in Los Angeles, California. Her writing focuses on travel, art, food, wine, and pets. Cori’s background is real estate and art. Her art plays a vital role in her writing as she utilizes the palette both visually and verbally in many of her articles. Cori shares her experiences and joy of her subjects in a passionate, candid, caring and entertaining way. Like her animal art where she looks beyond the eyes to find an animal’s inner soul and spirit, Cori looks for the story that is behind the restaurant, chef, winery, winemaker or artist. As Cori often travels with her dogs, some of her travel articles deal with pet-friendly hotels and locations. Cori had a travel, wine, and pet column on Examiner.com from 2010 until they shut their doors in 2016. Currently, in addition to writing her blog, The Written Palette, she is a contributor to Big Blend Magazine, FWT Blog and Magazine, SommTable, Vinely, and Wander with Wonder. 

Featured Member & September 2020 Banner Winner 

Saint Remy Market: fresh garlic & oils for sale in marketplace

Saint Remy Market © Wendy VanHatten
"Colorful and tasty...this garlic from Cavaillon, France just begged for a photo shoot. It paired great with the olive oil, baguette, and wine we also bought." 

Wendy VanHattenWendy VanHatten is a published author, international travel writer, food, wine, and travel blogger (www.travelsandescapes.net), co-founder of Forks, Corks, and Brews (www.forkscorksandbrews.com/), Editor-in-Chief for Prime Time Living Magazine (www.primetimeliving.org), wine, food, and travel writer for WE Magazine(www.wemagazineforwomen.com), and member of IFWTWA. VanHatten lives in southern California with her husband and office cat, travels as often as she can, and enjoys wine and cooking. Contact VanHatten at [email protected] for more information. VanHatten has been named one of the women bloggers to watch for 2019 by WE.

Featured Member & August 2020 Banner Winner 

Cinque Terre coastline view with flaming pink bougainvillea in foreground

Cinque Terre © Scott Kendall
"Walking the Blue Path from Monterosso to Vernazza, we stopped on the cliffside trail overlooking the Ligurian Sea back towards Monterosso. The flaming pink bougainvillea framed the magical sight, one of many I will always remember from our two hour hike in Cinque Terre."

Scott Kendal avatarScott Kendall is the Founder and Editor of PlayStayEat.com and a writer, photographer, and videographer based in The Woodlands, Texas. Scott has written numerous articles covering Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, England, and France in Europe and many articles covering the Texas Hill Country, Colorado, Washington State, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, Lake of the Ozarks, and other areas in the US. He has been published in EuropeUpClose, International Living, Links & Libations, MilesGeek, Touring Bird, Airguides, Travel Writer's Cafe, and other publications. His website with links to his articles can be found at PlayStayEat.com and scottkendalltravels.com. His email is [email protected]

Featured Member & July 2020 Banner Winner

Food and wine pairing at Wente Vineyards in Livermore Valley Wine Country © Edward Quan 
"This garden table setting captured my eye as I wanted to convey the authentic California wine country experience of Wente Vineyards, America’s longest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883." 

Edward Quan avatarEdward Quan lives and breathes the world of luxury travel. He began his career in European luxury fashion and as an accomplished travel writer, he has a passion for discovering inspirational and authentic stories behind each destination that defines luxury travel today. Quan delivers captivating storytelling on personal style and luxury travel covering once in a lifetime enriching outdoor adventures and cultural attractions, personal wellness, farm-to-table dinning only the locals know, wineries and distilleries, world class hotels and resorts and of course shopping.

Quan's travel stories have appeared in The Bahamas Weekly, Blush Vancouver, Retail-Insider, Travel Thru History and his personal blog, Style Drama. Also, a lecturer in Language, Literature & Performing Arts Program at Douglas College, a speaker with the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, Member British Columbia Association of Travel Writers, and destination lecturer on board Celebrity Cruises.

Featured Member & June 2020 Banner Winner

Strawberry Chiffon cake at Bread and Butter Bakery

Strawberry Chiffon © Kurt Jacobson
"Taken at Bread and Butter Bakery, a small bakery down a tiny side street a couple of blocks from Sante Fe's plaza. Even though this is a gluten-free bakery, many who enter are captivated by the gorgeous cakes, macaroons, and cookies, finding their products appeal to gluten-loving bakery consumers also."

Kurt Jacobson avatarKurt Jacobson is a full-time freelance travel, food, and wine writer. Kurt is a semi-retired professional chef and brings his love of all things food to his writing. With published articles in 10 magazines and over 30 websites, Kurt spans the globe. He has published around 400 articles with 125 of those being accommodation articles!

Most visited and written about locations are Colorado, Alaska, Mid-Atlantic states, and Japan. Kurt is also a competent photographer and most of his published work features his photos. Few travel writers cover as many subjects as Kurt does. With past careers of cooking, aircraft mechanic, and real estate professional, few subjects are off-limits.

Kurt writes for Mother Earth News about organic gardening, real food, and their nature and environment sections. He is also a regular contributor to GoNOMAD.com and trip101.com.

Homepage & About Image Credits

San Diego, California Panorama

The great US city of San Diego CA USA is one of the favorite destinations for people visiting California. The Embarcadero is seen here including the Coronado Bridge.
Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1381874948 By Chris Rubino 

Vineyards in southern Styria, Austria, in late summer

Vineyards in southern Styria, Austria, in late summer
Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1511945975 By alpinenature

Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Panoramic view of Bernkastel-Kues and the Moselle river with the surrounding vineyards of the Moselle-valley on a sunny afternoon. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1425710585 By Juriaan Wossink 

Panorama of Maldives tropical beach water bungalows

Beautiful tropical beach panorama of bungalows with wooden bridge near the ocean with boats and palm trees at Maldi
Dreamtime.com Photo 78426687 © Lexandr Lexandrovich - Dreamstime.com