Ilona Thompson is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful business ventures under her belt. Awestruck by the majesty of California wine countries, she moved to San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her passion for food and wine. She divides her time between visiting wine regions worldwide, attending a diverse variety of tastings, taking professional development courses and judging at wine competitions. She studied at the Culinary Institute of America, (CIA) and holds a California Wine Appellation Specialist certification, (CWAS). As part of her journalistic endeavor, Ilona covers high-profile lifestyle wine and food events, such as Auction Napa Valley, Aspen Food and Wine Classic, Cayman Cookout, Naples Winter Wine Festival, New York City Food & Wine, Pebble Beach Food and Wine and many more. She has interviewed numerous elusive, fascinating, highly notable chefs, vintners, winemakers and varied taste-makers. She is Editor-in-Chief for PalateXposure and has contributed to several publications, such as Broadside News, DrinkMe Magazine, Glass of Bubbly, Preiser Key, Snooth, etc. She is a wine and spirits reviewer, a storyteller as well as an avid photographer.