Design & Wine Italy 2017 Tour Guides



Adam Japko Design Wine


As founder of Esteem Media, Adam Japko lead the creation of the largest network of regional luxury shelter media properties for Network Communications, Inc. While President of the NCI Home Design business, he acquired or launched all of the properties that now make up Esteem Media, Inc.’s ongoing investments. These experiences, along with the surprising success of his wine blog, WineZag, reaffirmed a deep belief that community engagement, quality content, and in-person networking are lethal tools for transforming brands and businesses in meaningful ways.

Esteem Media is home to leading national and local media brands in the luxury home design, gardening, and fine wine communities; focused on connecting professionals and consumers around their passions and businesses. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Design Bloggers Conference, Garden Bloggers Conference, Home Design Digital Marketing Summit, WineZag, and New England Home leverage events, print media, social media, blogs, and digital marketing…but overall, community connection as the catalyst for their constituents’ commercial success.



Jeremy Parzen is food historian, Italian wine expert, and author of the popular Italian wine and lifestyle blog Jeremy’s writing on Italian wine has appeared in mastheads as diverse as DecanterLa Cucina Italiana, and Men’s Vogue. He’s regularly cited as one of the leading authorities on Italian wine in the U.S. today.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in La Jolla, California, Jeremy Parzen is a widely published author and translator. His feature articles on food, wine and food history have appeared in nationally distributed cooking magazines, cookery books and academic journals. He lived, traveled, worked, and studied in Italy as a graduate student and resided in New York from 1997 to 2008.

During the Italian Presidency of the European Union (2003), he worked as a writer, interpreter and translator for the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations where he interpreted (simultaneous and consecutive) for the Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and translated, edited and wrote diplomatic correspondence and speeches.

As a doctoral candidate at U.C.L.A., he was an instructor of Italian language, cinema, and literature from 1990 through 1993, and he also worked as a bibliographer in the Marinetti and Bontempelli archives for the Getty Research Institute before completing his graduate studies.

For two years he was the chief wine writer for La Cucina Italiana (1998-2000) in New York. His translation of the first modern cookery book by fifteenth-century Italian celebrity chef Maestro Martino was published in January 2005 by the University of California Press.

On his own and as one of the songwriters of Les Sans Culottes and Nous Non Plus, Jeremy has penned songs that have appeared in motion pictures, major television advertising campaigns, and have charted on college radio.

Jeremy resides in Houston with his wife Tracie P and daughters Georgia P and Lila Jane.