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Mary Orlin
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

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 112 acre property, boasting not just vineyards but a cattle ranch, vegetable and flower garden, olive tree groves...

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Sophia Loren Brings the Stars out in Napa Valley

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

Sophia Loren, far niente, robert redford Photos by Jon Orlin

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.


"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


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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Have a Say in the Oscars of the Perfume World

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 8:46 AM



The Fragrance Foundation Awards, formerly known as the "FiFis" are considered the Oscars of the perfume world. Usually awards are chosen by members of the Fragrance Foundation and industry experts.  But this year, any scent...

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For 10 Years Wine Women & Shoes Puts Its Best Foot Forward

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Whenever I tell someone I am going to "Wine Women & Shoes" I get an array of reactions, ranging from "what is that?" to "that sounds like the most fun ever."  Well, it is the most fun ever.  And after more than 150 events and raising more than $20 million...

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The Birth of a Wine Culture in South Korea

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:30 AM

How do you create a wine culture where none exists?

South Koreans have had a long history of a drinking culture, favoring Soju, a distilled spirit similar to vodka but very cheap. Wine was not on the table, not even in five star restaurants or hotels as recently as the 1990s.

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The Pied Piper of Napa

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:03 PM

For David Pack, legendary musician, Ambrosia lead singer and Grammy award-winning record producer, his latest project, Napa Crossroads, is one he's been dreaming of for 30 years.  That's when he first started visiting wine country.  He calls Napa "my secret place, my magic spot, heaven on earth."  The...

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New Indie Scents Shine At Artisan Fragrance Salon

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 11:02 AM

He's the perfect Olfactory Ambassador.  Meet Mario Tomas and you'll quickly learn he loves martinis.  "Jerry my partner and I are known for our martini glass collection and our martinis," says the budding perfumer during his debut at the Artisan Fragrance Salon.

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GourmetFest Brings Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams to Carmel

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Twenty-five chefs creating gourmet feasts.  70 cases of Champagne poured.  10 kilos of caviar consumed.  All in four days.  I can't resist.  As cliché as it is, the "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams" tagline made popular by Robin Leach's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, just feels like the perfect...

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Wine Gets Naked With Randall Grahm

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 11:22 AM

"I'm always interested in alternative ways of doing things," says Randall Grahm, winemaker behind the often irreverent Bonny Doon Winery label, a fervent Rhone Ranger, and author of Been Doon So Long. The latest alternative way of doing things for him is joining Naked Wines, a crowdfunded...

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