Vino-Sphere is a blog focused on wine, food and travel. Articles range from wine tasting notes and winery reports to stories on events, interesting travel destinations and restaurant experiences. The editorial philosophy is that wine, food and travel make life a celebration. We share our experiences and knowledge in an entertaining format. Articles include original photography.
Vino-Sphere is the successor to Toledo Wines and Vines, which began publishing in 2009. The more than 1,900 blog posts are accessible via Vino-Sphere. Toledo Wines and Vines was named one of 100 most influential wine blogs of 2015 by Excel Wines. In 2019, Feedspot named Vino-Sphere one of the top 100 wine blogs.
About Publisher Dave Nershi, CSW
Dave Nershi is publisher of Vino-Sphere blog. A former newspaper and magazine editor, Dave is an award-winning writer with a focus on wines, wineries and related travel. Currently based in North Carolina, he travels extensively for stories (South Africa, British Columbia, Spain and even locations closer to home).
A career in association management and meeting planning provides him with a unique perspective on hotels, restaurants and special events. When not writing, taking photos or traveling, Dave enjoys playing tennis.
He is a Certified Specialist of Wine (a certification of the Society of Wine Educators) and has served as wine judge at a number of competitions including being guest judge for the Indianapolis International Wine Competition. He has completed the Napa Rocks certification and is a member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. He presents monthly wine classes at Cellar 55, a wine shop in Fuquay-Varina, NC.
What We Cover and What We Don'tWe regularly review wine, wine accessories, wine-related books, wine regions and wine destinations. We don't review spirits or beer (except as it may be part of a dining or travel story). Our travel stories focus on destinations or unique events. Helpful travel products are also within our editorial focus. Our food writing focuses on restaurants, culinary events and cooking.
Sample and Review PolicyIf you are interested in sending wine, books, or products for review, please contact us at email@example.com for a shipping address. We accept samples and press/media kits from wineries, distributors, marketing and public relations firms and retail shops. If you send products, please note the following:
- No guarantee is made that your product will be reviewed.
- We typically review products we are enthusiastic about, but a decision to review your product does not guarantee a positive review.
- All products, including wine, that are received as a press sample will be clearly indicated as such on the blog.
- You will receive an e-mail with a link when the review is posted.
What Can You Expect?We typically review wine or products within 14 days, but this can vary depending on travel schedules and other projects. We will acknowledge receipt of your shipment. When the article is published, we'll send a link to the story. We'll also provide social media support through Twitter and possibly our +Google and/or Facebook pages. We usually have three or more tweets. If you provide a Twitter handle, we'll include that in the tweet.
Press Trips, Food and Wine Events, Twitter Tastings
Participation in trips, events and tastings will be considered based on schedule availability and fit with our editorial focus. All efforts will be made to maximize the benefit to the host of the trip, event or tasting. This includes amplification through social media channels as well as published articles. You can expect us to be a polite, professional, courteous and appreciative participant who helps you achieve your goals.