Our Story

We're on a road trip that never ends - and we want you to join us. Along the way, you're going to learn a few things and you're going to have fun doing it. Yes, we're talking about wine. But not just wine. This road trip we're on together covers the entire world of food and drink. You pick the destination. We'll point the way.

In 2000, we created LocalWineEvents.com to help you find food, wine, beer and spirits events near you - no matter where in the world you happen to be. We're talking about dinners, tastings, festivals, classes and any other event that has a food/drink theme. New events are posted hourly, so you'll never be bored on this worldwide road trip.

Ready to get started? The first stop is your local home page. Enjoy the ride.

Key Site Features

Our Team

Eric V. Orange

Eric V. Orange


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Eric V. Orange is the founder/CEO of LocalWineEvents.com, the leading website for local wine and food event listings around the country and in 63 countries around the globe, with 193,000++ Facebook fan community. He is also the Executive Editor of the weekly e-newsletter The Juice, reaching over 301,000+ subscribers with an average readership of 500,000 wine and food enthusiasts weekly.

As an industry wine veteran and insider, Eric has his certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers (1st phase) and a Master of Wine Education certification from the International Wine Guild. He has been a member of the Society of Wine Educators and served on the board of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF, Denver).

He has attended hundreds of wine events around the country and is a wine judge a number of major wine competitions including the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Eric and his family are based outside of Philadelphia. His current and long time favorite wine varietal is Cabernet Sauvignon.

James Gribbons

James Gribbons


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James graduated from Providence College with a degree in Computer Science. After graduation, James worked for multiple technology start-ups. It was at one of those companies that he and Eric Orange met.

In 2007, James became the CTO for the company. He is responsible for the development and strategic direction of LocalWineEvents.com and our mobile products.

James and his wife are based outside of Boston, MA.

Maria Bartolini Gribbons

Maria Bartolini Gribbons

Advertising Director

Maria is the point of contact for all advertising opportunities, including sponsorships, display advertising and dedicated email blasts. Previously, she worked in the food and beverage industry. Maria was a manager at her family's Italian restaurant and then moved into the corporate catering/event business for large biotech firms in Boston.

Maria graduated from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.

Lee Romano Sequeira

Lee Romano Sequeira

Promotions & Publicity

Lee is the driving force behind the site's promotion, publicity and social media outreach. Previously, she worked in the publishing industry, where she collaborated with a number of authors involving all aspects of their promotion, publicity, rights, and social media.

In her spare time Lee enjoys time with her husband and their two terriers in an historical section of Philadelphia. Her passions include a good book and a great bottle of Bordeaux. She is currently working on a humorous memoir.