I write about wine as well as the passion-fueled journeys of the people who make it and the fascinating cultures and places where wine is made on Forbes as a contributor for wine. I am the founder and sole contributor of the wine blog Dame Wine which has been nominated for various awards: Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards, Wine Blog Awards and Born Digital Wine Awards. Also, I was named one of the Top 15 Most Influential Wine Bloggers by USA Wine Ratings and one of the Top 10 Wine Influencers on Twitter by Global Data. Before pursuing writing full time, I spent many years selling various wines from around the world in the Manhattan (New York City) market starting in 2003, such as entry level large brands, small artisanal producers and ultra premium fine wines – which gives an interesting perspective to my writing. I have taken a wide range of professional wine courses but the culmination of my wine education was earning the Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in 2010.