Valerie Kathawala is a writer and student of wine. She is a WSET Level 3 candidate and has completed Ian D’Agata’s “Native Wine Grapes of Italy” course. She specializes in the wines of Germany, Italy, Austria, and (closer to home) the Northeastern U.S. Her recent work has been featured on Vinography, Terroirist, and Grape Collective. She lives with her huband and three children in New York City.