Ben O'Donnell

Ben O'Donnell

Associate Editor, WineSpectator.com

About

Ben O’Donnell joined Wine Spectator in 2009 and was promoted to WineSpectator.com associate editor in 2014.

As an archaeology student in Italy and Greece, O'Donnell was introduced to the pleasures of vino da tavola. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he was hired to write a travel blog for the Francis Ford Coppola Presents brand, touring the major wine regions of France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain.

O’Donnell has managed WineSpectator.com’s weekly Unfiltered column, covering drinks in pop culture, since 2017; he also edits the wine and dining interview sections, and contributes news and features.

Make It So: How a Not-So-French Vineyard Got Cast as Star Trek's 'Château Picard'
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Make It So: How a Not-So-French Vineyard Got Cast as Star Trek's 'Château Picard'

We discovered the winery that plays Captain Picard's "Burgundy" retreat—and went behind the …

Jan 24, 2020
Drew Bledsoe's Long Game in Washington and Oregon
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Drew Bledsoe's Long Game in Washington and Oregon

The QB-vintner of Doubleback is marching downfield with a new state-of-the-art winery, new …

Jan 22, 2020
Charles Woodson Covers California
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Charles Woodson Covers California

The defensive veteran started with one barrel at Robert Mondavi; now he makes seven …

Jan 17, 2020
Wine Scores a Touchdown
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Wine Scores a Touchdown

15 NFL teams are fielding official wines, while a few pros have launched their own labels

Feb 29, 2020
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval to Premiere Rosé Champagne
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval to Premiere Rosé Champagne

The Provence pink powerhouse is teaming with one of the top grower Champagne producers. …

Jan 14, 2020
Unfiltered Predictions for 2020
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Unfiltered Predictions for 2020

Gen Z torments winemakers into seeking even weirder flavors, Aubert de Villaine's a "Bad …

Jan 9, 2020
Paradise Regained: Winery Destroyed in 2017 Wildfires Reopens
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Paradise Regained: Winery Destroyed in 2017 Wildfires Reopens

Two years after Sonoma's Paradise Ridge burned, the winery debuted a rebuilt—and improved—h…

Dec 12, 2019
I Heard You Paint Teeth: The Wine Cameos in 'The Irishman'
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I Heard You Paint Teeth: The Wine Cameos in 'The Irishman'

The movie's prop master divulges how he made sure the real-life wine labels that appear in …

Dec 4, 2019
Beloved Wine Manga Gets Full English Translation
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Beloved Wine Manga Gets Full English Translation

Encompassing a dramatic story of wine, competition and family, The Drops of God will …

Dec 31, 2019

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