Ilona Thompson is Editor-in-Chief at PalateXposure, a destination site that delivers insights for oenophiles, foodies and world travelers. She recently launched #Wine, featuring wines and spirits reviews, and #Photography, which captures wine, food, and travel-related photography. She has written for 7X7, Artful Living, Broadside News, Glass of Bubbly, Very Napa Valley, Snooth, and several other wine and lifestyle publications. She spends her time visiting wine regions worldwide, most recently a multitude of appellations in France, Italy and Spain; attending trade and consumer wine events, taking professional development courses and judging at wine competitions. She studied at the Culinary Institute of America, (CIA) and holds a California Wine Appellation Specialist certification (CWAS). Stateside, she has spent the last several years extensively covering Napa, Sonoma and Anderson Valleys, Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills, Paso Robles, Lodi and Livermore wine regions. She has interviewed countless celebrity chefs, vintners, winemakers, distillers and other food and beverage influencers. She is a contributor to “Wine Behind the Label” book, now in its 10th edition, and earned a “Top 100 Most Influential Wine Blogger of 2015 Award,” is an expert digital communicator and avid photographer. Ilona is ranked in the top 1% of all social media influencers, according to Klear Analytics, and has a score of 947 on Kred.