K. REKA BADGER is a freelance writer who writes weekly wine, food, and gardening columns. She is a regular contributor to numerous publications, including Destination Wine Country and Santa Barbara Seasons. Badger is based near Paso Robles, California.

CHERYL CRABTREE is a freelance writer and the co-author of several California Central Coast guidebooks. She has contributed to numerous publications, including Touring & Tasting, Fodor’s California, and Fodor’s The Complete Guide to National Parks of the West. Crabtree is based in Santa Barbara, California.

ROBERT HOLMES is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s finest travel photographers. His photographs have appeared in virtually every major travel magazine, including National Geographic and Departures. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

DANIEL MANGIN is the author of guidebooks to New York City, California, and Napa and Sonoma. His travel and cultural reporting has appeared in Sunset Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle and on,, and other websites. He is based in Marin County, CA.

MARTY OLMSTEAD is an award-winning author who has covered the California wine country for numerous national and regional publications including Travel + Leisure, Wine Adventure, Wine Country Living, and the Marin Independent Journal. Marty is based in Sonoma, California.

TOM SILBERKLEIT is the award-winning editor and publisher for Wine House Press in Sonoma, California. His books have been featured in USA Today, People, and on Good Morning America.