Magazine articles

When I started my winery in 1985, I also set out on a wine writing career. My aim was not to rate wine but to explore its many facets, then report what I found out. I wanted to inform readers rather than intrude my taste into their lives.

Writing about wine also means writing about food, and so I added that subject to my writing.

My articles have appeared in national and local magazines and newspapers, and I have published six books. I write to reach the consumer as well as the wine professional.

To the consumer, I’ve written weekly and a bi-monthly wine columns in two separate newspapers in the Finger Lakes region, for consumer-oriented national and international magazines and for trade periodicals. The stories have covered a wide spectrum of areas connected to wine from how rootstock development takes place in cool grape growing regions to how to deal with a recalcitrant restaurant sommelier when you know there is something wrong with the wine; from how regional wine styles are captured by winemakers to how to pair red wine with seafood, and all subjects in between.

Since 2016 I have been a regular contributor at

I am available for freelance writing assignments.

You can contact me at tp[at]thomaspellechia[dot]com.

My articles have appeared in the following:

NPR’s Next Avenue website Lifestyle online
Slow Food (Snail)
Wine Enthusiast
Wines and Vines
Practical Winery
Vineyard and Winery Management
Washington Wine Style
Finger Lakes Wine Gazette
American Wine Society Journal
The Wine Trader
Rochester Magazine
Elmira Star Gazette
Rochester Democrat Chronicle
Ithaca Times
Syracuse NewTimes
Dundee Observer
Modern Food Service News
…and a few more