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Jim White has been a food and wine writer, newspaper food editor, and professional restaurant critic for 30 years.

He moved to Napa Valley, CA, in 1997 in order to write about food and wine in the setting he says is "the best in North America, if not the world."

Trained as a journalist, Jim has been a TV news reporter, a TV news anchorman, and a foreign correspondent in Africa; he has produced and directed films for the National Film Board of Canada and served as the head of audio visual resources for Canada's International Development Agency.

On the food and beverage side, Jim has developed more than 10,000 premium-quality, private label products for such brands as President's Choice (Loblaw Companies), Safeway Select, Wegmans, Sam's Choice (Wal-Mart), and two dozen additional supermarket clients.

Jim is a cofounder/partner of FGF Brands, a Toronto-based commercial bakery, which makes healthier-for-you muffins and tasty ethnic flatbreads (naan, lavash, pizza crusts, focaccia).
The muffins, under the Classic Cafe label, and the flatbreads, under the Fabulous Flats label, are available in supermarkets and Whole Foods stores across the US and Canada. For more information, go to

As well, Jim is a winemaking partner of Charter Oak Winery.

To learn more about the elegant Zinfandel and Petit Sirah produced under the Charter Oak label, go to

There are NO conflicts of interest in anything that appears on Jim is NOT paid for his comments, no matter how gratuitous they may be! He accepts no free meals. From time to time, wineries supply a sample bottle of newly released wine for professional comment, but that is the exception to the rule; everything else is purchased, resulting in a free, unfettered and highly opinionated, press.

Carol White, formerly, food editor of one of Canada's most widely read lifestyle magazines, is a GREAT cook. No surprise. She has spent her career editing and writing cookbooks. She also produced a weekly recipe column for Canada's largest newspaper, The Toronto Star.

Carol, who is passionate about cooking, has evolved a style of cuisine that is rich in flavor, yet low in fat; it relies on the freshest, best-quality ingredients available. Friends call her style of cooking "cuisine carolaise."

Above all, Carol's dishes are casual and simple — the quintessential wine-country fare.


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