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February – the sweetheart month, and some of its women wine blogging sweethearts

February is the month (astrologically) of altruistic love… Aquarius rules. Valentine’s Day is the height of it all, and a heart is the totem. In this month of altruistic love, I’m going to be sharing a few profiles of female wine bloggers, whose passion is wine; and, sharing (via blogging) their own personal experiences, in one form or another, is their outlet.

“Wine Doesn’t Have To Be Rocket Science – It Can Easily Be Wine Folly” was my beginning, because it was also during the start of Aquarius’ time.  And so this continues the journey, a time to share some light onto the stage, where – this time – women are featured on the stage as the wizards behind the curtain, pulling great stings of education, in their pointy hats…

~~~~~ Starring in today’s chick flick ~~~~~

~~~ Everyone is currently publishing ~~~

Lorie Perrone, winingways.wordpress.com

I started blogging after being laid off from the highest position I had achieved in my advertising career. It was demoralizing. I wanted to feel productive. I had just made a change from having the occasional glass of wine to voraciously needing to read everything I could to learn more about wine. I was bitten. My friends were interested. Writing the blog made me feel better about myself. It lead to some paid writing gigs, WBC scholarship, social media consulting, and some amazing friendships.

Monique Soltani, wineoh.tv

Short version: With a nose for news and a thirst for storytelling….I created Wine Oh TV to share my love of wine, broadcast journalism, and storytelling with the world.

Pamela Heiligenthal, Enobytes

Why blog? For the love of wine!

Megan Kenney, Wannabe Wino

Why do I blog? For fun, because of the wonderful people I’ve connected with through the wine world (present company included), and because I love to have an excuse to taste lots of great wines.

Elizabeth Smith, Traveling Wine Chick

Brings together the best of wine, travel, and wine-inspired travel. My writing saw me through the loss of a 24-year teaching career and a 15-year relationship, all within one month of each other in 2012. Little did I know that my blog would become a pivotal stepping stone to my move to Napa in 2014 to start a second career in the wine business and my second chance at living my passion. I continue to write because I love sharing my wine and travel experiences.

Christine Havens, christine-havens.com

I started blogging after a spinal injury left me unable to continue in winemaking. I was searching for a way to stay connected to the industry that I love.

Krista Lamb-Davidso, kristalamb.com

Upkeep: Wine, Body & Soul at www.kristalamb.com – Through blogging I have found a wonderful community of like-minded people who want to learn and talk about wine as much as I do. What started out as an outlet for my writing has turned into a true labour of love over the years.

Melanie Bianco Ofenloc, www.dallaswinechick.com

I love you, Jo Diaz. Melanie Ofenloch, www.dallaswinechick.com. I blog to tell my personal story of my wine experience. From the land to the bottle to the winemaker to the people that make my story complete.

Amy C. Anderson Gros, MomsToolbox.com

Reading all of these explanations has been so much fun. I blog about wine (and my faith) at MomsToolbox.com. I’m also the founder of VineSleuth/ Wine4.Me.

I blog about wine because I enjoy drinking it and sharing those experiences with friends (live and virtual). Also, I’m not afraid to ask the ‘dumb’ questions and report back. Wine enhances meals, lives and relationships. I want more people to have those enhanced experiences, too.

Mary Cressle, Vindulge.com

I blog about wine, food, and travel at Vindulge.com. I started blogging in 2009 as I was studying for the Court of Master Sommelier certified exams, as a way to regurgitate what I was learning. It has since evolved in so many ways! I now use the site to share personal stories, travel and wine recommendations, food and wine pairing suggestions, and original recipes. Because of the success of some of the recipes we (my husband and I) were posting we ended up starting a catering company called Ember and Vine where we work with wineries (among other clients) to create cool wood-fired recipes to pair with their wines. It’s been quite an adventure!

Diane Letulle, wineloversjournal.net

I began my blog wineloversjournal eight years ago as a true journal of my experiences in the world of wine, now expanded to other libations as well. I still love telling the stories of the people, places, culture, and cuisine of the world I travel in and am continuing to discover. I consider my blog as my home base online; I do other writing and social media, but the blog is all me, where I only put the stories I feel most passionate about.

Erika Szymanski, The Wineoscope

The Wineoscope‘s raison d’etre: 1. To give people more boxes for seeing more wine and thus more joy in it. 2. Science communication without science adulation or science criticism alone. 3. To keep me reading the wine science lit, and make it accessible to other folk at the same time.

Elizabeth Gabay, elizabethgabay.com

I am fairly new to blogging – just over a year on elizabethgabay.com. I passed the MW in 1998 and then made the decision to put my young family first and made the drastic decision to leave London and go and live in a small village in the Provencal alps. During the past 15 years I have written articles, taught, kept going, but now that the kids are moving on I decided to return more full time to work in wine. So my blog has a two-fold reason. One to remind everyone that I am working and where my areas of specialty are, and one as an outlet for my interest in wine and history – which commercial magazines are generally not interested in.

Taylor Eason, TaylorEason.com

I started my website in 2008 to house years of regular print wine columns. After I moved to California to begin working in the wine biz, I continued blogging out of a passion, a will to educate about a confusing subject and to keep up with the trends. Or maybe it’s because I’m crazy. Not sure which.

Meg Houston Maker, Makerstable.com

I’m principally a creative nonfiction writer with a longstanding interest in nature, culture, and place, and how these manifest through food and wine. I started Maker’s Table to explore these beautiful topics and share my curiosity, culinary and literary, with readers.

L.M. Archer, binnotes.com

I write, therefore I am.
I write about wine because it’s the Red Thread(TM) that binds us all.
I write to help others understand wine as art, not just beverage.
I write about artisan wine maker and culinary heroes’ journeys as a way for others in find courage to face their own struggles.
Santé.

Sarah May Grunwald, www.tastegeorgia.co/blog

but then I created a website for Georgia and now I focus on Georgian wine, food and travel over there. I am writing more in depth articles for other publications rather than my own blog because my blog is now more about traffic and getting clients.

Wine Julia, therealwinejulia.com

When word got out that I was selling my Oregon-centric wine shop and wine bar, I was approached by the South Willamette Wineries Association to write on their newly established website and blog. Although I had no prior writing experience whatsoever, I accepted their offer with enthusiasm – it allowed me to work from home so I could be with my two young boys while keeping me within an industry that had truly captivated me. Soon after, I was sought out by a local news source for their Editor of Food and Wine position, and I wrote a weekly column based on Eugene’s food and wine scene for three years. Being restricted to writing about my immediate area inspired me to create a website that would allow me to explore Oregon in its entirety. Just 5 months after my very first post on therealwinejulia.com, I was awarded the Best New Wine Blog of 2012 from the Wine Blog Awards during the Portland-based Wine Bloggers Conference – quite an honor. Just 5 years ago, I would not have imagined that I would someday be a writer, editor and publisher. Yet I continue to love what I do; therefore, I do what I love.

Carolyn Blakeslee, The Frugal Wine Snob

I’m The Frugal Wine Snob, dedicated to wines that taste like a million bucks but cost a whole lot less. I started blogging in 2012 because I fell in love with wine again and wanted to learn and share. I’ve been so busy doing other things that I haven’t updated my WordPress site in quite a while and haven’t really blogged much in the last year, although I share things on my Facebook page from time to time.

Gwendolyn Alley, Wine Predator

With a broken wrist, I had to prioritize and unfortunately, wine blogging didn’t make the cut. I posted once in December and finally yesterday so once in January. I’m looking forward to turning into blog posts all of the tasting notes that my friend Sue has been taking! Because as we all know, here’s more to a blog post than tasting notes…

Alissa Fehr Leenhe, SAHMmelier

Being a stay-at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare.

Inspired by a winery’s poetry contest, I entered the world of creative writing for the first time in years, the only time publicly. Encouraged by their feedback, invigorated by the experience, I continued writing. Although feeding my love of epicurean adventures seemed impossible at that time in my life, I could certainly write about them.

I found the purpose to carve out time for myself. I formed relationships online and in person. I lived vicariously in the words of others and in the glass.

When I began writing, I had two toddlers and hadn’t slept in years. Now I have two children in Elementary school and things are changing. You are as likely to find a piece about the new wines made an hour away in Texas or those from a third generation producer in Spain, clean-eating or splurge-worthy restaurants, my quest to define my new identity or the camping spot where I found peace just as I am.

In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle.

That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

Cindy Lowe Rynning, Grape-Experiences.com

Writing about wine is an extension of my love for education, teaching, people, and of course, wine. I write to share the stories behind the wines – the people who produce it, the growers, the owners of the winery, the importers, and others so that my readers can appreciate wine even more. If I can relate some of that information to my own experiences and touch wine newbies or seasoned wine lovers then that’s even better. Just like people, each wine presents a distinct personality. Wine is beautiful, wine is complicated, wine begs to be understood as something more than just a bottle with a pretty label on the shelf. And this is what I want to convey. http://www.grape-experiences.com/…/raimund-prum…/

 

 

 

15 Responses to “February – the sweetheart month, and some of its women wine blogging sweethearts”

  1. Lewis Perdue says:

    You forgot Becca Yeamans-Irwin — aka The Academic Wino – http://www.academicwino.com/

  2. Thanks for doing this Jo! You’re the sweetheart!

    While indeed I had to take a hiatus with the broken wrist from wine blogging, I do have almost 500 blog posts at Wine Predator which I started when I went to the first Wine Bloggers Conference in 2008 (average about one a week). And even with the broken wrist, I continued to post regularly on Art Predator (est 2007; link above) because I use it as a teaching tool for my college writing classes… plus I have a regular guest blogger Ron Wells who writes eloquently and passionately about film and music.

    Also during this time, I maintained a vibrant social media presence by participating in a number of twitter tastings including a regular presence on Wine Studio. (I have a Klout score of 63 putting me in the top 5% of all social media users on all topics in the world).

    Now the task is to turn all of those tasting notes into blog into stories! Next up, a post about Dark & Delicious with a review of Mike Brown’s PS from Lodi!

  3. Jo Diaz says:

    I actually didn’t forget Becca, Lewis. Thanks for bringing her up, though. Another real talent.

    I have a group that I’m part of and I queried my group for “Why are you blogging about wine?” I didn’t take it outside of that group, because – as you can see, there was a wealth of responses.

    Not everyone did respond, but she could have, as it turns out. Sorry to have missed her.

  4. Jo, so nice of you to tell the story of all the strong, wonderful, unstoppable and fantastic women that make up the world of women and wine writers….

  5. Jo, many thanks for sharing these women’s stories. I’m delighted to be part of such a wonderful community.

  6. Inquiring minds want to know, “Why does Jo blog?!”

    Thanks for the mention.

  7. Thank you so much, Jo, for including me with all of these talented female writers! We rock!

  8. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks to each of you for your continued thoughtfulness.

    Why I blog? (Thanks for asking, Pamela.)

    Years ago, Bill Brinton, a client, said to me, regarding one of his press release stories that I had written: “Jo, your stories are so great. I wish they were published.” (A publicist has to be a writer’s writer, to grab someone’s attention, I’ve learned over the years.) And, he was right in that… as a press release, no one was going to just cut and paste the story as something they’ve written. So it was also much ado about nothing, as far as the public would ever be concerned… A story never to see history in the way it was originally written.

    Then, in an HTML class I first heard about Web 2.0, and how it was going to be interactive. As soon as I realized it also meant self publishing, I seized the moment as soon as it hit. As far as I can tell, I was the first female wine publicist in the world to do so, really… Pretty cool, I’ve always thought.

    As much as my wine blog seems to have no real focus, it certainly does. I’ve always said that my blog is my journal about being a wine publicist. It can be about the past, the present, or the future; and I always tie it back to doing what I do… being a wine publicist… with concerns, events, things swirling around me… It all comes back to wine somehow, as I’m being supported by it.

  9. Jo – this piece is truly a gem. What a joy it is to get caught-up on the lives of our colleagues and find out why they do what they do in the world of writing. I’ve enjoyed reading this immensely, and it’s an honor to be included. Thank you!

  10. Thank you for the mention, Jo! I tried to comment the other day and it didn’t post!

  11. Thank you for this love letter to many fine women wine bloggers. I’m delighted to be in such good company.

  12. You are a wonderful woman Jo! Thank you so very much for including me in your list.

  13. Robert Maes says:

    I read the above blog content that blog give detail information about women wine blogging sweethearts.

  14. Mary says:

    What a great list! So many of my favorite people are here! And thanks for including me. What great company to be in.

  15. Jo Diaz says:

    Elizabeth, I just checked the spam folder… And there you were. You don’t look like spam to me! Robots, they don’t always get it right! Thanks for your continued efforts. Now, all set!

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