Rick Kushman

Insight Sub-Host and Monthly Signature Segment Guest

Rick Kushman is an award-wining journalist and former columnist for The Sacramento Bee, where he covered politics, was the national television critic, and wrote about wine and food and their connection to life in Northern California. He continues to write for regional and national media and his writing has appeared in publications ranging from Time Magazine to Sommelier Journal to Daily Variety

He's also the author of the popular book, "A Moveable Thirst: Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine Country," which he describes as the funniest wine book ever written - competition: zero. His second book, "The Barefoot Spirit," is due out in summer 2012. It's the story of the founding and unique marketing of Barefoot Cellars, one of the top-selling wine brands in America.

Rick earned his Certified Wine Professional credential from the Culinary Institute of America and is a founder of the California Wine Marketing Group, which teaches wineries, wine groups, restaurants and others how to market and talk about wine in genuine English sentences.

He also teaches wine classes to professionals and regular folk, teaches culinary journalism, and is a periodic celebrity chef for regional charity groups, which, he says, seriously stretches the definition of the word "chef."

Rick is a longtime (translation: aging) competitive runner and lives in Sacramento with his wife, Deborah Meltvedt, who teaches at Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School in Sacramento, and with their cat, Anchovy Jack, who, they're convinced, used to be a pirate.

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