Welcome to Vindulge
Vindulge is a farm-based lifestyle brand that wants you to experience good food, good wine, and a good life.
We focus on BBQ and grilling recipes with wine pairings. Our goal is to empower you to create fantastic wood-fired food and wine pairing experiences, while giving you the confidence and tools necessary to succeed!
Who Are We?
We are a husband and wife team who create delicious ways for you to enjoy cooking and entertaining in your backyard with your family and friends. Combined, we have two decades of experience in recipe development, entertaining, writing, and professional cooking. We also own the award-winning wine country based catering company, Ember and Vine, that was created as a result of the popularity of the recipes on this blog. It was our way of bringing the recipes on the blog to you, the reader!
We are also the authors of the cookbook, Fire and Wine, published in the spring of 2020.
You’ll find us cooking up new recipes every month on AM Northwest, the local ABC affiliate morning TV show here in Portland.
Our Recipes focus on our passion for wood-fired cuisine (grilling, barbecue), combined equally with our passion for pairing wine and food. We moved to the Willamette Valley Wine Country in the summer of 2017. We’re truly living the wine country life on a 5-acre hazelnut farm, and want to share it with you.
We love to share original recipes, wine pairings, BBQ tips and tricks, tutorial videos and occasional travel related stories. Basically everything you need to create memorable backyard experiences for your friends and family!
Awards and Recognition
- IACP Award Nomination, Best Individual Food Blog, 2020.
- Best Original Photography, Wine Blog Awards, 2016
- IACP Award Nomination, Best Recipe-Based Blog, 2017.
- Our cookbook, Fire and Wine, released spring of 2020.
Find out how to work with us here!
About Mary Cressler
Hi I’m Mary Cressler, and I am the creator of this site. I am a food, wine, and travel writer, recipe developer, photographer, and author of Fire and Wine cookbook.
I am also the the co-founder of Ember and Vine Catering, and a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Oh, I’m also the mom of twins, Champagne fanatic, and former-vegetarian-turned-barbecue-fanatic!
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, Wine4.Me, and so many more. I’m also a frequent tasting panelist and judge for numerous wine competitions.
When I’m not writing, cooking at events, or coming up with new recipes, you’ll likely find me running, cycling, attempting to bake, exploring new wine regions, or playing with my twin boys and my Chihuahua with my husband on our hazelnut farm in Oregon Wine Country.
Want to see some of my work? Click here for a sneak preview at my portfolio.
Sean is the Ember to my Vine and the Business Development Director at Vindulge. He joined Vindulge full-time in 2019. He’s a self taught Pitmaster who has worked with award-winning chefs for training and mentorship. Together we collaborate on the recipe ideas and test them together, and keep things balanced.
He’s also fan of cycling, bourbon, and The Walking Dead.
Thanks for stopping by!
Please feel free to email me anytime at mary @ vindulge.com