WHO HE? Thatâ€™s what founding editor Harold Ross would scribble beside unfamiliar names in The New Yorkerâ€™s galleys. So who Bill Marsano?
Until early 2009 the long-time Wine and Spirits Editor of United Airlinesâ€™ Hemispheres, Bill Marsano has won a James Beard medal and a handful of other awards for his writing on wine, spirits and travel in Hemispheres, CondÃ© Nast Traveler and â€œa host,â€ as they say, other titles. He is that rarest and proudest of birds, the New Yorker native-born, but he travels to Italy whenever he can get away with it and is plotting to when he canâ€™t. He is then accompanied by his Feathercraft folding kayak, which he launches with abandon on the likes of Veniceâ€™s Grand Canal, Cognacâ€™s Charente, Tuscanyâ€™s Arno and the Ligurian Sea off the Cinque Terre. A colleague has (too) generously called him â€œone of the wine sceneâ€™s most insightful observersâ€ but he himself admits only to being â€œa crank with some bizarre opinions and a weakness for word-playâ€ (e.g., â€œMen seldom makes passes at girls without glassware.â€).