Charlie published Leary’s Global Wineology, a comprehensive guide to wine education programs worldwide in late 2022. He earned his PhD in modern Chinese history from Cornell before briefly teaching at Tulane. He then abandoned academics and became an organic farmer, artisan cheesemaker, and restaurateur in Louisiana. Charlie went on to direct wine programs in Nova Scotia, Costa Rica, and the Dordogne. Random House released his Creole cuisine cookbook in 2004, and he later developed a wine & food column for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald while starting a vineyard in Andalusia. Now residing in Panama and specializing in wine history, he writes for a range of outlets, from California wine shops to timatkin.com to Jane Anson’s Inside Bordeaux.