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Ben O'Donnell joined Wine Spectator as an editorial assistant in 2009. As a news reporter, he has covered the past five Bordeaux futures campaigns, the resurgence of Italian-style sparkling wines and developments in direct shipping, corkage and supermarket sales laws, among other stories. As a features writer, he has profiled grower Champagne houses, visited a lately revived ancient Spanish region, spotlighted the improvements of wine on cruise ships, added to the Wine 101 educational features and started the website’s Wine in History series. He also contributes to the biweekly online Wine Challenge quiz, the Unfiltered column and the Wine Spectator social media presence.
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