Meg Houston Maker is an award-winning wine, food, and culture writer. She travels extensively across the globe to meet and taste with producers, hear their stories, and see first-hand what links them to their land. She’s currently writing an essential guide for new wine lovers.
Meg’s journalism has won the praise from Eric Asimov of the New York Times, Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, BuzzFeed, TheKitchn, Wine Business Monthly, The Browser, and other wine and cultural commentators.
Her freelance writing and wine reviews appear in many consumer and trade publications, including Serious Eats, Palate Press, Edible Communities, Nomacorc, and Alimentum: The Literature of Food. Also an exacting wine editor, she has guided the launch of three wine publications, and now serves as editor at large for Grape Collective.
Most recently, Meg has focused her storytelling here, on Maker’s Table, an effort that earned her the Best Writing award in the 2015 Wine Blog Awards, plus finalist status for Best Post of the Year. She was previously also a finalist in Best Writing (2013) and Best Post (2012), and was chosen as a Favorite Wine News Blog in the 2014 Millésima Awards.
Her wine articles enjoy 25K+ unique readers, and Meg is regarded as a top wine social influencer, with a network of tens of thousands of wine and food-centric followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Delectable, Vivino, Google+, and elsewhere.
A juried member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a Certified Specialist of Wine, she is also a professional member of the French Wine Society, the Society of Wine Educators, and the Guild of Sommeliers. She worked as consumer marketing director for Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon Vineyard, and currently serves as a verified sensory panelist for VineSleuth/Wine4.me.
Meg earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Visual Studies, and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies/Creative Writing, both from Dartmouth College. In 2011 her book-length memoir won the Thesis Excellence Award for Creative Writing. You can find additional creative nonfiction work and an expanded bio on her author website, megmaker.com.
Maker’s Table accepts media samples for review, and Meg welcomes invitations to join press trips and tasting events, serve as a judge or presenter, and discuss freelance writing assignments. Please read more about sample, travel, writing, and speaking opportunities, or simply get in touch.
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Meg Houston Maker
Winner, Best Writing, 2015 Wine Blog Awards
Winner, Favorite Wine News Blog, 2014 Millésima Awards
Certified Specialist of Wine
Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors