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.

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Barreling Ahead

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Jul 31, 2019
Behind the Scenes with the Winemakers of 'Wine Country'
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Behind the Scenes with the Winemakers of 'Wine Country'

What was it like hosting Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and a film team of hundreds? Here's how …

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Road to 'Wine Country': It's Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch's Party
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Road to 'Wine Country': It's Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch's Party

The comedians who get some of the movie's biggest laughs talk favorite Napa memories, …

May 7, 2019
Road to 'Wine Country': Screenwriter Emily Spivey
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Road to 'Wine Country': Screenwriter Emily Spivey

The movie's writer reveals how the script got rolling, why Sideways is one of her …

May 6, 2019
After Notre-Dame Fire, Wine Industry Rushes to Help
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After Notre-Dame Fire, Wine Industry Rushes to Help

From billionaire vintners to barrel makers, and Moët to Mouton, the wine world is mobilizin…

Apr 18, 2019
Road to 'Wine Country': Amy Poehler Calls the Shots
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Road to 'Wine Country': Amy Poehler Calls the Shots

The director and star of the new Napa-set Netflix film talks SNL soirees, wine-tasting …

Mar 28, 2019
Welcome to Wine Country
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Welcome to Wine Country

Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch cut loose in Napa Valley. The story …

May 31, 2019
Michael Lynne, Film Executive and Owner of Long Island's Bedell Cellars, Dies at 77
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Michael Lynne, Film Executive and Owner of Long Island's Bedell Cellars, Dies at 77

Under his oversight, one of the East End's founding wineries became a leader in quality and …

Mar 26, 2019
Chefs and Wineries Provide Wildfire Relief in California
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Chefs and Wineries Provide Wildfire Relief in California

After the 2018 wildfires, big names in California's wine and dining industries have stepped …

Mar 31, 2019

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