Tom Maresca has been writing about wine for 30 years. He is the author of two wine books, Mastering Wine (which won the first-ever Clicquot Prize for Wine Book of the Year) and The Right Wine. He is currently a frequent contributor to Decanter. He is also the co-author, with his wife, Diane Darrow, of two major books on Italian food, wine, and dining: La Tavola Italiana and The Seasons of the Italian Kitchen; as well as a mini ecookbook (with wine recommendations), Not The Same Old Spaghetti Sauce. Now retired, he was a professor of English at Stony Brook University and has published four books on academic subjects.