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Mary Orlin
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Mary Orlin is the WineFashionista, where she blogs about wine, food, fashion and fragrance. She is the James Beard Award and Emmy Award-winning co-founder of Orlin Media, specializing in video story telling for wineries. Most recently Mary was the Executive Producer of the NBC show In Wine Country, which she launched 10 years ago, and is now in syndication. Prior to NBC, she was a producer on CNN Travel Now, a travel, food and wine show. She was also an editor for Zagat Survey, food and wine editor for the Palo Alto Weekly and a contributor to Travelocity Magazine.

Mary has earned the Certified Sommelier certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers. She also passed both the Intermediate and Advanced level wine certifications from Wine & Spirits Education Trust. She’s been a wine judge at the Mendocino Crab & Wine Days, the California State Fair, Livermore Valley’s Taste of Terroir and the Santa Cruz Mountains wine competitions. Keep up with Mary as WineFashionista on Twitter.

Entries by Mary Orlin

Livermore Stories: BoaVentura de Caires Winery

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 10:54 AM

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"Handcrafted" has become such a buzzword in the wine industry that it's almost meaningless, superfluous.  But not at BoaVentura de Caires, the Livermore Valley winery owned by Brett Caires.  His operation is truly handcrafted.

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Bringing Wine Country Living to South Carolina's Lowcountry

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 10:55 AM

I grew up spending two weeks each summer going to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina with my family.  The Lowcountry is a special place for me.  Those summers were idyllic.  I love the beauty of the marshes and the long, wide sandy beaches with sand dunes and sea oats. ...

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Red Wines, Good Times in Napa Valley Keep #NapaStrong

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Kathryn Hall knows how to throw a party.

Maybe it's because she spent four years as the United States Ambassador to Austria during the Clinton administration.

But I think she just loves to have fun and enjoys seeing her guests have a great time.

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On the Wine Oh TV Wine Club: A New Label for Mat Kearney

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:43 AM

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Okay, I'll admit it.  I'm not as up on current music as I used to be.  Play most any song from the late '70s and the '80s and I can name that tune (a...

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#NapaQuake: How You Can Help Keep #NapaStrong

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 9:04 AM

Bottle shock.  Crushed.  Shaken, not stirred.  Whatever word you choose to describe it, the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa Valley early Sunday morning has left behind more than spilled wine.  More than 100 homes and buildings red-tagged.  The facade of the beautiful Vintners Collective building gone.  Homes...

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Livermore Stories: Caddis Wines

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 2:45 PM

This is another installment of a series called "Livermore Stories," which takes a look at the most exciting wineries in this wine growing region located east of San Francisco.  More than 50 wineries now call Livermore Valley home.  The wines have never been better, and the wineries have...

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Livermore Stories: 3 Steves Winery

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 3:53 PM

This is another installment of a series called "Livermore Stories," which takes a look at the most exciting wineries in this wine growing region located east of San Francisco.  More than 50 wineries now call Livermore Valley home.  The wines have never been better, and the wineries have...

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A Progressive Food and Wine Pairing Journey at Jordan

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Jordan Winery and Vineyards, located in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley just north of Healdsburg, is a vast 1,200 acre property, boasting not just 112 acres of vineyards but a cattle ranch, vegetable and flower garden,...

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Sophia Loren Brings the Stars out in Napa Valley

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 11:30 AM

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On Saturday night stars were shining at Far Niente Winery for an evening of Bella Italia! A Tribute to Sophia Loren, the most coveted ticket at this year's...

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Fragrance Republic:  Frangrance for One, Fragrance for All

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 12:49 PM

There are no fancy bottles, no elegant or funky labels.  There's not a celebrity face to be seen or multimillion-dollar marketing campaign.  There's just the juice.

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"Juice" is perfume industry speak for perfume, the juice inside the...

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Rosé: The New "It" Wine

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Move over Moscato. You are so over. Rosé is having its moment. Everyone is writing about it, from Eric Asimov in the New York Times, Lettie Teague in the Wall Street Journal, Jon Bonné in the San Francisco Chronicle and countless wine bloggers.

Everyone is drinking Rosé. Sales are on...

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Livermore Stories: Nottingham Cellars

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:04 AM

This is another installment of a series called "Livermore Stories," which takes a look at the most exciting wineries in this wine growing region located east of San Francisco.  More than 50 wineries now call Livermore Valley home.  The wines have never been better, and the wineries have...

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Livermore Stories: Cuda Ridge Wines

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 8:37 AM

This is another installment of a series called "Livermore Stories," which takes a look at the most exciting wineries in this wine growing region located east of San Francisco.  More than 50 wineries now call Livermore Valley home.  The wines have never been better, and the wineries have great stories...

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E-Cep: An American En Primeur

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Ask a wine lover or a serious wine collector what one of their biggest gripes is about the wine marketplace and the answer is often not being able to get their hands on that cult Cabernet from California rated 98+ points.  Equally frustrating is having to wait to...

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Livermore Stories: Darcie Kent Vineyards

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:40 PM

This is the first in a series called "Livermore Stories," which takes a look at the most exciting wineries in this wine growing region east of San Francisco.  More than 50 wineries now call Livermore Valley home, and the wines have never been better, and the wineries have great stories...

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Dress to the Vines is Back!

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:12 AM

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For the second year, Jessup Cellars in Napa Valley is bringing style to Wine Country. That's right, the fabulous event, Dress to the Vines, is back!  And I'll be joining in once again, pairing the wonderful wines...

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A Personal Journey to Eonian Wine

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Wayne Donaldson is a year and two vintages into his own wine label Eonian.  After about 20 years in the wine business, working in Australia and California, he "decided it was time to do something personal."  

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Fundraising With a View and Pinot Too

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 10:28 AM

When a charity event celebrates 30 years, no doubt it's not only been successful but has helped beneficiaries and local community along the way. That's exactly what Winesong, the annual fundraiser on the Mendocino coast of California has done for three decades.

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A Sommelier's Secret Weapon

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 10:57 AM

What does it take to pass what is perhaps the most daunting and difficult exam in the world?  Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth knows.  He sat for the Master Sommelier exam twice - as it is rare for anyone to pass on the first go round -- and became...

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Wellness in Wine Country

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:36 PM

The biggest trend in wine country these days isn't the latest technology advances in winemaking or the up and coming varietals you've never heard of like Ribolla Gialla and Fruliano.  In a word it's wellness.  When it comes to balancing mind, body and spirit, look to Napa Valley wineries, vineyards,...

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