Aleks Zecevic was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, part of the former Yugoslavia, where his family table was home to traditional pairings of Montenegrin Vranac wine and Serbian cuisine. Wine has long been part of his family heritage; before World War II, his great-grandfather was a winemaker in northern Serbia’s Vojvodina region.
When Aleks was a teenager, his cousins from Paris and Lyon planted another seed, introducing him to French cuisine, cheeses and food-and-wine pairing.
At age 19, Aleks moved to New York to study business and philosophy; in his spare time, he worked at his older brother’s wine shop. Inquisitive by nature, Aleks found that when his nose wasn't in a glass of wine, it was in a book (about wine), and soon his curiosity evolved into a passion.
Aleks joined Wine Spectator’s tasting department in 2013 and now specializes in the wines of Austria, Germany, South Africa and France's Loire Valley. He regularly travels to Europe, visiting vineyards and wineries, and detouring back to his native Serbia for wine and food at the family table as often as possible. An avid proponent of sustainable, organic and biodynamic agriculture, he loves Rieslings, Burgundies, exploring natural wines while listening to jazz or alt-rock and hitting the basketball court when he’s not tasting.