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 a book for new wine lovers.
Meg’s journalism has won 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 Snooth, Serious Eats, eBay, Palate Press, Edible Communities, Beverage Media, and Alimentum: The Literature of Food. Also an exacting wine editor, she has guided the launch of three wine publications and mentored scores of writers, seasoned and new.
This site, Maker’s Table, earned Best Writing in the 2015 Wine Blog Awards, and was a finalist for Best Post. In the 2016 Wine Blog Awards, the site is once again nominated for Best Writing, while two features, A Wine for Old Love and Every Little Thing is Small: An Interview with Cathy Corison, are among five finalists for Best Post. Meg’s writing was also nominated in the 2012 and 2013 Wine Blog Awards. In 2014, Maker’s Table was tapped as a Favorite Wine News Blog in the Millésima Awards.
Meg’s wine articles enjoy 25K+ unique readers, and she 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, and elsewhere.
She is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. A Certified Specialist of Wine, she is also active in the Wine Scholar Guild, the Society of Wine Educators, the Guild of Sommeliers, and the James Beard Foundation. 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 creative nonfiction manuscript won the Thesis Excellence Award for Creative Writing. You can find additional work and an expanded bio on her author website, megmaker.com.
Maker’s Table accepts media samples for review, but does not engage in advertising or paid promotions. Meg welcomes invitations to join press trips and tasting events, serve as a judge or presenter, and discuss freelance writing assignments. You can learn more about sample, travel, writing, and speaking opportunities, read accolades, or simply get in touch.
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Meg Houston Maker