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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The Somm Cheating Scandal Oct 16, 2018

There is a simple solution to the cheating scandal that rocked The Court of Master Sommeliers last week — simple but difficult. When the CMS board of directors voted unanimously to rescind certification of the 23 candidates who passed the rigor... Read More

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3 Grapes to Know for Fall Oct 09, 2018

As autumn leaves drift past my window, I am reminded it is time to visit the wine cellar and dust off a few bottles that were tucked away for summer. The changing seasons typically require a shift in priorities away from the lighter, easier, more ref... Read More

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Somm Challenge's Biggest Winners Oct 02, 2018

Despite the fact that all wines are tasted blind and judges are shielded as much as possible from any form of bias (other than their own stylistic preferences), the cream nearly always rises to the top at a major international wine competition. Such ... Read More