John Stewart


John grew up in Iran, Norway, Indonesia and other points Middle East, not realizing how this fact schooled his palate in the ways of adventurous eating until he moved back stateside in the 90s and couldn’t find decent labneh. His years in the world of marketing and launching food and wine brands have fired his passion for discovering that new flavor, intriguing texture or soon-to-be-hot varietal. Getting to share his gastro-viticultural knowledge with Whole Foods Market readers makes him very happy indeed. A few more ingredients for his happiness recipe: kayaking, playing the drums, getting into the zone in the kitchen, and being a husband and dad in Austin, Texas. 

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July 4, 2014 @ Whole Story
Every season has its food focal points and great wines to go with them! Here we focus on some of our Top 10 Wines of Summer and their perfect food pairings.
June 21, 2014 @ Whole Story
Summer is the season for going places, reuniting with old friends and family, recharging by the pool or at the beach, entertaining. Here are our top picks for summertime wines and the occasions they’ll pair perfectly with.
June 16, 2014 @ Whole Story
Summer, when milk is freshest and most flavorful, is the golden season for cheesemaking. Here are four of our favorite picks. Stop by and taste them for yourself at our next in-store Cheese Nights event.
June 13, 2014 @ Whole Story
Summer is for sipping great wine, and we've got something you won't find anywhere else: detailed tasting notes from a renowned expert on 6 totally-within-reach bottles. I recently sat down with Devon Broglie, Master Sommelier and Associate Beverage Buyer for Whole Foods Market®, to sip, swirl and sample six of our Summer Top 10 wine picks.
May 23, 2014 @ Whole Story
Whole Foods Market’s Devon Broglie knows more about wine that anyone you’re likely to meet. Ever. Really! Read on for Devon’s thoughts on what it means to be a Master Sommelier.
March 28, 2014 @ Whole Story
Stylish, seductive and just plain delicious, our featured wines from Italy not only pair wonderfully with these recipes and cheeses, they elevate them to a whole new level. Read on for wine and food pairing bliss! The White Wines A wide range of flavor notes makes a wine “food-friendly” and few wines are more friendly to food than Ruffino Orvieto Classico.
March 17, 2014 @ Whole Story
Follow these simple tasting tips as you explore the intriguing world of cheese.
March 5, 2014 @ Whole Story
The wines of Italy pour into the glass with more aplomb, swirl with more grace and deliver exquisite notes of flavor with more passion and panache than other wines of the world. We’re sharing eight of our favorites.
February 26, 2014 @ Whole Story
Whether it’s slicing, serving, storing or using in recipes, learn the many uses of the mighty, versatile Parmigiano Reggiano.
February 19, 2014 @ Whole Story
Is it nature or nurture that gives the mighty Parmigiano Reggiano the intensity, complexity and sheer size of flavor that has earned it the title King of Cheese? Turns out it’s both. The Land
January 25, 2014 @ Whole Story
Six new CDs, including the latest release from Bruce Springsteen, have made it to our shelves and we can’t wait to tell you about them. Turn it up!
November 27, 2013 @ Whole Story
A truly stylish and delicious way to take your entertaining to the next level is the cheese board. Whether you use a plate, a wooden cutting board or a piece of slate, serving cheese is the smart host’s best party secret. Why?
November 16, 2013 @ Whole Story
The Big Meal is a great opportunity to break out of your wine-buying routine and take a look at tasty and affordable pairings. Luckily, traditional roast turkey welcomes a broad palette of wine styles and flavors, with one rule of thumb: avoid big, meaty tannic wines, like Cabernets or Chiantis. (They can overpower, so save them for a charcuterie plate or slow sipping by the fire). Instead, for Reds, seek out unabashed juiciness, pronounced fruit and a soft round finish. With Whites, you want well-balanced acidity and flavors ranging from crisp and dry to delicately sweet to floral.
October 29, 2013 @ Whole Story
Gift-buying time is here and your list keeps getting longer. Panic sets in as your shopping options fade in the rearview mirror. And you’ve been resisting gift cards because they’re, well, gift cards. Resist no more.
September 24, 2013 @ Whole Story
Approachable. Diverse. Delicious. South Africa’s wines are characterized by a down-to-earth friendliness. Read on for our best recipe and cheese pairing suggestions! The White Wines
August 25, 2013 @ Whole Story
Would you like to win a trip to what our world-travelling wine buyer calls “the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen?” Would
July 24, 2013 @ Whole Story
Rows of merlots. Scads of cabs. Chardonnays for days. Having lots of options in the wine department can be a beautiful thing. It can also turn picking out a bottle of wine into a confusing game of chance.
June 23, 2013 @ Whole Story
Hot weather is a time for chilled, crisp, invigorating wines. As the mercury goes up, here are 6 selections that rise to the top.
May 18, 2013 @ Whole Story
Grilling, in all its wonderful smoky sweet complexity, creates flavors and profiles practically begging to be paired with wines, both White and Red.