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Stefani Jackenthal is an adventure & wine journalist and author of Wanderlust Wining ~ the outdoorsy oenophile’s wine country companion (Price World Publishing) www.wanderlustwining.com. An international elite endurance racer and former All-American triathlete, Stefani has competed and reported from around the world. From nationally sponsored road bicycle racer to Ironman triathlete, international adventure racer to ultra runner - Stefani now surfski kayak races. Stefani’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Outside, Wine Enthusiast, Oxygen, Shape, Women’s Health, Fitness, Prevention, Runner’s World, Marie Claire, Conde’ Nast Traveler, amongst others. Her book Wanderlust Wining - released August 2011 - is a fun, delicious, full-throttled guide to outdoor activities, wineries and restaurants in wine regions across the USA. She 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 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 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. She 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 filmed Andrew Skurka completing his 4,000-mile C2C Trek for Fox Live TV in July 2005; 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.

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.

An All-American triathlete in the 2001 season, Stefani has been a competitive endurance racer for over a decade. Winning 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.

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.

Other stories have appeared in, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Shape, Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Prevention, Climbing, among others. She wrote the two-hour Raid Gauloises TV show for Oxygen network. She received the 2001 Women’s Sports Journalism Award for her “Your Attitude” piece in Sports Illustrated Women.

Stefani holds an MBA in marketing and is the founder and director of NTS Wine Tasting, LLC. NTS runs corporate and private wine dinners and tastings and a monthly series called “Wine Tasting Without the Attitude.” It is her swirling, sniffing, and sipping mantra. Stefani lives in NYC.

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

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