About Robert Whitley

Robert Whitley

Robert Whitley

Robert Whitley  has been an avid wine collector since the early 1970s, and a wine aficionado and journalist since 1990, when he undertook the wine column for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Since, Whitley's career includes stops at Newsday, The Washington Post, Washington Daily News, Charlotte Observer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Whitley is the director of director of four major international wine competitions -- the Critics Challenge, Sommelier Challenge, Winemaker Challenge and San Diego International Wine Competition.

Wine Review Online was originally conceived by this journalist and publisher as an all-encompassing platform for the many talented wine journalists he encountered while traveling for his column, Whitely on Wine, for Creators Syndicate.

Now, with the Creators Syndicate's "Wine Talk " column, Whitley's expertise are respected internationally. He has judged wine competitions in the United States, as well as major wine fairs and expositions around the world. He also hosts two weekly radio shows -- Whitley On Wine and the Gourmet Club -- at www.SignOnSanDiego.com.

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Runquist Wines Crush It at Critics Challenge Jun 18, 2019

Over the course of my 29-year career as a wine columnist, I've staged more than 70 wine competitions and judged countless others. Each of those events has brought new insights and occasional revelations. The 16th annual Critics Challenge in San Diego... Read More

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Banfi's 100-Point Wine Jun 11, 2019

A 100-point wine is a rare and beautiful thing. It is my good fortune to come across a wine once or twice a year that is so compelling I have little choice but to give it my highest mark. Such was the case the first weekend in June when I had the ple... Read More

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Wines Across America Jun 04, 2019

Hang around a wine geek long enough and you will inevitably hear the word "terroir." It is a term coined by the French to explain the influence of a particular vineyard site on the structure and taste of the wines produced there. Terroir takes into a... Read More