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Stefani Jackenthal is adventure travel & wine journalist specializing active travel, wine, food, fitness, lifestyle and fun. She owns NTS Wine Tasting LLC, a NYC-based wine education and entertainment company, crafting private & corporate wine events, teaching wine classes and writing restaurant wine lists. She also dabbles in PR.

Her assignments have taken her around the globe and Stefani's articles have regularly appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, New York Post, Wine Enthusiast, Outside, Runner's World, Conde Nast Traveler, Women's Health, Shape, Prevention, Marie Claire, amongst other leading print and web publications. She is an on-air storyteller for Travel Channel's "Mysteries at the Monument" series, airing Friday night at 9:00pm EST and has reported for NPR.

Blending her passions, she penned "Wanderlust Wining" (Price World Publishing) - a fun, delicious guide to outdoor activities, wineries and restaurants in wine regions around the USA (www.wanderlustwining.com). Stefani co-wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Rock Climbing (Alpha Books/Macmillan) and her work appears in The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything (St. Martin’s Press)

She teaches wine classes at 92Y in Manhattan and created the 350+ bottle wine list for Lincoln Square Steak restaurant, NYC, which opened January 2015 and did staff wine training. http://lincolnsquaresteak.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/LSSTK-WINE-LIST-1-1-2015-2.pdf

Stefani lives the outdoor lifestyle and has been a competitive elite endurance racer for nearly two decades. She is an All-American triathlete, nationally ranked road bicycle racer, international champion ultrarunner and global adventure racer. From nationally sponsored road bicycle racer to Ironman triathlete, international champion ultra runner, adventure racer and surfski kayak racing.

Stefani was the on-air host for the web-coverage of the 2006 Primal Quest Adventure Race in Moab, UT, in June 2006 and has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Oxygen Network, Fox Sports, OLN. Her athletic achievements have been featured on an assortment television networks, cable stations, and websites.

Stefani spent a month in Tibet, fall 2004, as a member of the Climbing Blind team; taking six blind Tibetan teenagers on a two-week expedition to the summit of Lhapki Ri (23,100ft) on the north side of Mt. Everest. Her first-person story aired in May, 2005 on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday.” The expedition was made into a documentary called “Blindsight,” which swept film festival awards across the globe and was released internationally fall 2007. She reported for NPR while racing the 2002 MSOQ adventure race, Sabah, Malaysia.

She spent several weeks in Uganda, on assignment for NPR "Weekend Edition Saturday," profiling professional freestyle kayaker Dr. Jessie Stone, who runs a malaria outreach program in the near the source of the White Nile River. And, she filmed Andrew Skurka completing his 4,000-mile C2C Trek for Fox Live TV in July 2005.

Stefani was the running, biking, trekking on-course cameraperson and field producer for “2003 Subaru Primal Quest Adventure Race” airing on CBS Network, January 2004; commentator and shooter for “2002 Primal Quest” on OLN and color commentator for the “ITU World Cup Triathlon” on Oxygen Network. She ran the entire 2003 NYC Marathon shooting video and interviewing a racer for “Von 0 auf 42,” a German reality TV show on ARD, May 2004; shot and field produced Wild Onion NYC adventure race; co-hosted “Buff & the Adventurers” daily talk-radio show on eYada.com and co-hosted the “1999 USPRO Bike Championships” on OLN.

She has won dozens of competitions, including the 2001 inaugural NYC-Triathlon and 2001& 2002 Survival of the Shawangunks, she qualified at Ironman Lake Placid for and completed the 2000 Hawaii Ironman. In September 2006, Stefani won the Big Sur Trail Marathon and wrote about for March 2007 issue of Trail Runner magazine. In October, 2005 she won the women’s division and finished 2nd overall in the Augrabies Extreme Marathon, a 6-stage, 150-mile running race (carrying all food and provisions for entire race) across the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. Her article ran in the January 2006 issue of Runner’s World Magazine. In January 2005, she finished 2nd in The Coastal Challenge, a 150-mile, 7-day running race along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica; also an assignment for Runner’s World.

Stefani and her four-person team won the coed division of the 2003 RAAM – Race Across America - 2,922 mile bike race from San Diego, CA to Atlantic City, NJ. She has raced and/or covered 2002 & 2003 Subaru Primal Quest; 2001 Expedition BVI, BVI; 2000 Raid Gauloises, Nepal; 1998 Raid Gauloises, Ecuador; 1997 MSOQ, Xichang, China.

Her athletic expertise has led to being featured in The New York Times, The Daily News, Miami Herald, Village Voice, Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Washington Post, Mt. Bike, Triathlete, Bicycle Guide, ABC, NBC, ESPN, OLN, Oxygen, Fox Sports and commercials.

Stefani has an MBA in marketing and lives in NYC. Detox to Retox is her mantra!

For more information: stefjack@gmail.com * www.wanderlustwining.com

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Adventure travel, wine, food, culture, healthy lifestyle & seeker of fun!