Mary is a writer, wine educator, Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and has been involved in the Oregon and California wine communities for several years.
With a passion for education, combined with a passion for wine, Mary learned early that combining both became a full-time job. Mary has worked in the wine industry in roles such as Tasting Room Manager, Event Coordinator, and General Manager where she has been involved in day to day operations, customer and employee service, marketing, direct and internet sales, distribution management, and staff training. She also has spent more than a decade working in restaurants. Through events, tastings and seminars, Mary realized that most people want to know more about wine and sometimes just need a friendly and attentive individual who will listen and answer questions and walk them through the diverse world of wine.
Mary holds a Master's Degree in Speech Communication having been recognized as distinguished graduate from her department at San Francisco State University. She also spent three years as a lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Speech Communication where her passion for education was developed. While in the Bay Area and finally moving to Portland, Oregon, Mary’s passion for wine and education evolved into Vindulge. Combining her skills as a passionate, engaging, entertaining, and well informed instructor helps her clients become less intimidated about wine and more enthused about the wine experience.
In addition to leading classes, Mary currently spends much of her time as a freelance writer, contributing regurlarly to Palate Press
, and Barbecue America Magazine
, and has contributed to Serious Eats
, Oregon Wine Press
, The Gorge Guide
, VineSleuth Uncorked
, Multiplicity Magazine.
She is a frequent tasting panelist and judge for numerous wine competitions.
When she isn’t teaching her clients about wine, Mary is likely running, cycling, cooking, exploring new wine regions, or playing with her twin boys and two small dogs with her husband in Portland, Oregon.
To contact Mary, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org