A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world’s wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans.
Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, is also certified as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events.
She is also married to an awesome cook, who knows how to prepare incredible meals to complement any wine. She and Joe currently live on the Gulf Coast, just south of Houston, Texas. She dreams of the day they can move to closer to fabulous vineyards and wineries.
Raised by a couple of of teetotaling educators in West Virginia, Amy’s knowledge of wine did not really take off until law school. (Ask any lawyer – it is known to drive one to drink) After a career in marketing and public relations, with a little information systems consulting in between, she left the warm weather of Houston, Texas and headed north to Ohio. Making sure she had her priorities straight, Amy chose a law school with an awesome football program, led by a fine coach who promptly left for a bigger school in December of her first year.
Damn you Thanks Gary Pinkel!
In addition to her duties at Another Wine Blog, Amy is a Contributing Editor at Palate Press: The online wine magazine, as well as one of the authors featured in Palate Press’s first book, Best of the Press Volume I. Amy and Joe also regularly serve on tasting panels including TasteLive: The Premier Website for Wine and Beer Tastings, #WineChat and other virtually-hosted and live venues.
Other fun facts about Amy aka WineWonkette:
- Amy loves learning new things: which would explain the B.A. in Journalism, M.B.A. in International Relations, Graduate Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Graduate Study Abroad in Japan, Certificate in Wine Fundamentals I and II from the International Sommelier Guild, and current study in the San Francisco Wine School for her C.W.A.S. in addition to the J.D. She’s got credentials–dammit!
- Once got on the wrong train during Study Abroad in Japan, and ended up at Tokyo Disneyland
- Is an Expert in E-Discovery and probably knows more about Offshore Deepwater Drilling than your mom or dad!
- Has been known to clog and play “the spoons” at raucous Bluegrass gatherings
- Loves music of all kinds and has been spotted at concerts featuring Lyle Lovette, Dropkick Murphys, My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult, Henry Rollins, P-Funk, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Jane’s Addiction, The Black Keys and Nine Inch Nails (not at the same time)
- Tolerates Joe’s love of all things bowling, Zombies and Lucinda Williams
- Co-wrote and shot photos for a College Football and Basketball Sports Blog called “Toledo Rocket Fans” with Joe during her days in law school, and did a little freelance photography for on-line sports websites including ESPN.com
- Prefers and promotes Android over iPhone, proudly proclaiming: You’re Not the Boss of Me, Steve!
- Reads all PR & media releases and requests for Wine Reviews sent to Another Wine Blog; even those addressed “Dear Steve”
- Her post, Wine Intelligence admits Bias, Ulterior Motives in “Wine Blogger Distrust” Release, won Second Runner-Up Best Editorial Wine Writing in the 2012 Born Digital Wine Awards.
- Drives a bright yellow Volkswagen beetle!
- Was a 2014 WBS Scholarship Recipient