Having survived a Long Island upbringing, I ended up a wine writer. Like many others before me, I started out on Carmel Extra Sweet, segued to Lancers and then hit the harder, better, truer stuff. My wine writing career was accidental. My wine education is wholly alternative. I was studying for a Masters in Dance Therapy in Cambridge. My roommate was seriously into wine and we had weekly tastings. My method was to super-taste my way through the line-up so I could spend the evening with the wine I liked best before anyone else got there. A few years down the pike, I knew something about wine and there was no going back and my soapbox has become the people and the wines of vin nature.
There's been a few book,s but the first one I could call my own was The Battle for Wine and Love (Harcourt). Naked Wine (Perseus Books) came out on September 2011.
I've been published in most of the glossies in this country as well as the New York Times. A James Beard award was mine for a wine piece I wrote for the New York Times business section on the many ways wine can be manipulated. I was shortlisted forboth the 2011 Louis Roederer International wine feature writing award and blog/on-line wine writing award, and won the latter.
When I'm not on the road, or doing something involved with wine (which by the way, has invaded my dream life), I am working on my personal writing, and probably sitting in the corner rereading Letting Go or Hudson River Bracketed, trying to learn how to play the melodeon and dreaming about a cellar full of Domaine Romanée Conti. Or at least a bottle or three.