Sommelier Talia Baiocchi of PUNCH - Biography
New York, NY
Graduating from New York University, armed with degrees in journalism and political science, Talia Baiocchi promptly abandoned the idea of attending law school. Culinary common sense swept in, it seems, and pointed Baiocchi squarely in the direction of Italy, where she worked the Piedmontese wine harvest in 2006, traveling to every wine region she possibly could before resources ran out.
Returning home with less cash but more direction, Baiocchi soon got a job working at Italian Wine Merchants, fusing all she had learned abroad into a new career path. She also began writing Synesthesium, a blog covering topics from music and art to wine. Baiocchi’s blog gained traction and attention, earning her the title of first-ever wine editor for Eater.com. Working for Eater, Baiocchi wrote about everything from restaurant wine programs to popular rappers’ beverages of choice.
Over the course of her career, Baiocchi has also written a regular column for Wine Spectator, in addition to contributing to The San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, Bon Appétit, and Wine & Spirits, among others. She is currently the editor-in-chief of the online drinks and culture magazine PUNCH (September 2013) and the author of the forthcoming book Sherry (Ten Speed Press, October 2014), which is why it’s no surprise Time Out called Baiocchi one of New York’s “New Wine Prophets” in 2011, or that she made Forbes’ 2013 “30 Under 30.”