I am a wine, food, and travel writer, and founder of Vindulge Wine Education. I am also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Oh, I’m also the mom of twins, wife of a pitmaster, and a barbecue fanatic! In the summer of 2015 my husband and I founded Ember & Vine, wood-fired catering, events BBQ competitions, and pop-up food cart (what were we thinking?!).
I am a staff writer and columnist for Palate Press Online Wine Magazine, and a food and wine contributor to Wine4.Me. I also write freelance about wine, food, and travel for various publications, and I am the author of this here website where I share original recipes, wine pairings, wine tidbits, and travel stories.
The recipes we create focus on our passion for wood fired cuisine (grilling, barbecue), combined equally with our passion for pairing wine and food.
- In 2016 this blog won Best Original Photography at the Wine Blog Awards.
- In 2017 this blog was nominated for for an IACP Award for Best Recipe-Based Blog.
A little bit more…
I am a lover of all things wine, food, traveling, and running. I have worked in the wine industry in roles such as Tasting Room Manager, Event Coordinator and General Manager of a winery where I was involved in day to day operations, customer and employee service, marketing, direct and internet sales, distribution management, and staff training and development. Prior to that I spent 10 years working in the restaurant industry. I hold a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication and was studying to become a professor… but the wine industry had different plans for me. It kinda has that effect on some people!
I started this blog in February of 2009 while studying to become a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, as a way of documenting all the new things I was learning about wine and honing in on my passion. I passed my exams in May of the same year and discovered that receiving my certification was just the beginning.
I combined my background in education, restaurants, and winery management, with my passion for wine and founded Vindulge Wine Education & Consulting in hopes of sharing my knowledge with others who wish to learn about wine in a fun and approachable manner. Wine should be fun, and I like to make it that way. I teach classes, lead events, write, and speak at conferences about wine and food.
My writing has been featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Barbecue America Magazine, Serious Eats, Bottlenotes, The Daily Meal, The Gorge Guide, Palate Press Online Wine Magazine, Snooth, Oregon Wine Press, and I have been a frequent tasting panelist and judge for numerous wine competitions. I write a monthly food and wine column for the popular website and wine app Wine4.Me. I also have been featured several times on the local morning show, AM Northwest, and KGW Portland Today.
My life took a huge turn in 2010 when my husband and I relocated to New England and started a family (twins!!). That experience allowed me to explore an entire new region of the country and opportunities to travel to several countries, including; Italy, Greece, France, Croatia, and Spain. We returned to Oregon in the summer of 2013 and I am thrilled to be back in the region where I began my career in wine and continue to teach and write.
When I’m not writing or teaching my clients about wine, you’ll likely find me running, cycling, cooking, exploring new wine regions, contributing to my husband’s addiction to barbecue, or playing with my twin boys and two small Chihuahuas with my husband in the greater Pacific Northwest. Since the summer of 2015 we also keep busy running our little wood fired catering company, Ember & Vine.
I hope you will join me on this journey as I continue to write about life with wine, food, travel, raising twins, and trying to balance it all.
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Connect With Me!
Please feel free to email me anytime at mary @ vindulge.com