Mary, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, 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. 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 that the wine community is.
Mary holds a Masters 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.
Mary's writing has been featured in The Gorge Guide and Palate Press Online Wine Magazine, and 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.