Sommelier Talia Baiocchi of PUNCH - Biography

New York, NY

September 2015

After graduating from New York University with degrees in journalism and political science, Talia Baiocchi sidestepped law school and made way to Italy to stain her hands with grapes. In 2006, Baiocchi worked the Piedmontese wine harvest and traveled to every wine region she possibly could before her resources ran dry.

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 and earned her a gig as Eater’s first-ever wine editor.

Baiocchi now drives trends in all things beverage as editorin-chief of Punch, a James Beard Award-winning online drink and culture magazine. Over the course of her career, she has contributed to Wine Spectator, The San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, Bon App├ętit, and Wine & Spirits, among other publications. She has also authored two books: Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best Kept Secret in 2015, and Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail in 2017.