Maria Hunt is a correspondent who lives in Oakland and covers the Bay Area and Wine Country for Forbes Travel Guide. She also is a freelance food and wine journalist for other luxury lifestyle publications. Hunt — who authored a book on sparkling wine cocktails — believes bubbly is meant for sipping anytime. She’s followed her love of fine sparkling wine and cuisine to Champagne, the Penedès outside of Barcelona, Poland and Italy. The Chicago native’s work has appeared in Forbes.com, The Christian Science Monitor and The St. Regis Bespoke, among other publications.