Dan Philips

OCCUPATION Wine aficionado and founder of the Grateful Palate, a gourmet-food catalog based in Oxnard, Calif.

GOAL To make food and wine culture more egalitarian--and more fun

QUOTE "Great wine makes me horny. Why not write about it that way?"

Dan Philips dates his passion for wine to the Passover tables of his childhood, where "wine was the one thing forbidden to the kids." By the time he was in his teens, he was taking tasting courses in his hometown of Berkeley, Calif. And though Philips studied film at U.S.C., got a master's at Oxford and bounced from job to...

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