Linda Kissam is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California. Through her monthly radio guest spots, food & wine pairing articles, recipe & destination pairings, and story placements in seven publications, she reaches over 7 million readers/listeners nationally with each article. Linda specializes in easy, breezy destination stories focusing on what makes each destination special through it culinary and wine, beer and spirits scene and the soft adventures that surround those pursuits.
She loves sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. Her time spent as a publicist for a well-known wine region taught her it’s the story behind the product and the experience of the place that makes the trip memorable. Her readers prefer the short getaway (2-5 days) nationally, the long stay abroad, and have the money to make their travel plans a reality. She never knows if a story will end up being based on finding the perfect latte, ordering Pommes Frites with Parsley Butter in a small French bistro, searching for an Internet cafe in Sicily, or attending a wine seminar aboard a cruise ship. She never travels without a notebook, camera and a great pair of Brighton flats. She has an addiction to personable people, interesting wines, gourmet coffee, fabulous chocolate and spicy foods. Anyone who knows her will tell you that she loves traveling anywhere, by any means, and is somewhat obsessive about jewelry and a good taco.
Linda serves on the board of directors as 1st Vice President for the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and is a member of the SDSU Wine Advisory Board. She is a past executive director of The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. She teaches 3 nonprofit management classes, consults with for-profits and nonprofit’s on their strategic planning efforts, is a wine publicist, speaker, author, and is a nationally and internationally published professional food, wine and travel writer. She founded, sponsors and coordinates both a Mens and a Womens Wine Council, reviewing wines from around the world.