Jim Arnold combines a good-humored enthusiasm for wine with a lifetime of experience in areas ranging from lumberjacking to computer technology to science and philosophy. His own experience as a member of wine clubs brought about a book "Wine Clubs of Sonoma County," a collaboration with photographer Ingrid Larnis and an informative resource on membership for wine lovers of all varieties. He is presently working on a second edition and several sequels, covering Napa County, "Northern-Northern California", and Central California.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1949, Arnold served in the U.S. Marine Corps n Vietnam. Inspired to go back to college, he was awarded a merit-based scholarship to the University of California at Santa Cruz where he majored in Modern Society and Social Thought. Regrettably "unable to land a career as a Social Thoughtist," Arnold explored other options, working as a lumberjack, boilermaker, computer programmer, and technical writer. In addition to his book on wine clubs, he has published numerous technical articles and manuals, marketing articles, short pieces in magazines and newspapers, a play, two poems, and a short story.
Arnold has three children (in order of appearance: Jay, Katie, and Kell) and lives in Sonoma County, California, where he is a member of the Camp Meeker Volunteer Fire Department and makes a diligent study of the abundant wine culture.