Rick Kushman is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-wining journalist who is the wine commentator and a guest host for Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR affiliate. He is also the creator and co-host of the popular podcast “Bottle Talk with Rick and Paul,” which is featured on the Capital Public Radio podcast lineup among many others.


Rick was a longtime columnist for The Sacramento Bee and his writing has appeared in publications ranging from Time Magazine to Sommelier Journal to Daily Variety. He has worked in the wine industry consulting on service and communication and as a Napa Valley-based Communications Strategist for E&J Gallo Winery. He now works doing Executive Communications for UC Davis Health.


Rick is the author of two books, and the second, “The Barefoot Spirit,” a business book set in the wine world, spent two months on the New York Times Bestseller list. He also offers inventive, light-hearted, anti-winespeak programs for corporate events and for the public, runs a monthly tasting at Sacramento’s Wildwood Kitchen & Bar, and conducts media trainings and public speaking seminars for wineries, corporate clients and industry groups. Among his wine judging experience, Rick has served as Co-Chief Judge for the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition and is currently Chief Judge of the State Fair’s Home Winemaker’s Competition.

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