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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

Hungary's Tokaji: The Oldest of the Old World Wine

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 10:57 AM

Furmint vineyards at Disznókó winery in Tokaji.

Furmint vineyards at Disznoko winery in Tokaji.

In the wine world we talk about the old world and the new world. The old world is basically Europe - France, Germany, Italy, Spain,...

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The Uncookbook Cookbook: The New Napa Cuisine

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:46 PM

Lena Creel
Lena Creel

Every once in a while a cookbook comes along that disrupts the conventional wisdom of what a cookbook should be.  That's clearly the case with The New Napa Cuisine by Christopher Kostow, executive chef at The...

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Women of the Vine Global Symposium: A Gathering in Napa Valley

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:18 PM

Courtesy Women of the Vine

Women of the Vine Grand Tasting 2014. Courtesy Women of the Vine

Deborah Brenner is a connector. She wrote the book "Women of the Vine" in 2006 about women's roles the wine industry, and ever since, she's...

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It's a BDF: Bradley's Fine Diner Opens in Silicon Valley

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 10:38 AM

bfd outside

The first thing you notice when walking up to the new Bradley's Fine Diner (BFD) is the large wrap around front porch, or veranda if, like me, you're from the South.  It's a great place to start your...

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The WineFashionista Guide to the Best Wine Holiday Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 11:50 AM

'Tis the season and time for holiday gift recommendations.  What to get the wine lover in your life?  Not the same old, same old.  I've been looking all year for the coolest, most unique - and yes, stylish presents for you to give -- and a few you might want...

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The WineFashionista's Beautiful Holiday Gift Guide

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:12 AM

When I'm not drinking wine, I'm obsessed with makeup, lotions and potions and of course, perfume.  I've been a product junkie ever since I can remember, and my bathroom cabinets are overflowing with skin and hair care and all sorts of beauty products.

This year I've tried and tested many...

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Indie Wines: The Paso Garagiste Festival 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:53 AM


Photo by Tom Lake

I recently returned from two days at the Paso Garagiste Festival.  This is the event's fourth year, and it has grown leaps and bounds since I wrote about the inaugural event...

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Art and Olfaction Awards Celebrates Artisan Perfumers

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:02 AM



2014 Award Winners

Calling all independent, niche and artisan perfumers.  Submissions for the 2015 Art and Olfaction Awards are now open.  This new awards programs was launched last year by Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Institute for...

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The Best English Muffin in the World Is in Napa Valley

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 1:10 PM


Where do wine country locals go in Napa Valley when they need a carb fix?  The Model Bakery of course.  For 30 years Model Bakery has been luring folks in for the mouthwatering pastries and bread.  But the one...

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There's More to Beaujolais Than Beaujolais Nouveau (Part Deux)

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:37 PM

As the world gets ready to celebrate the arrival of the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau, it's a good time to turn the spotlight on this region's wines, especially the complex, aromatic and fascinating wines of the Cru Beaujolais.  These Cru wines are a revelation for anyone who is...

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There's More to Beaujolais Than Beaujolais Nouveau (Part One)

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:17 PM

November in the wine world means time for Beaujolais Nouveau, with all the pomp and circumstance and celebration surrounding the release of this wine around the world.  Legally it cannot be released until 12:01 am the third Thursday of November.  That's when you hear proclamations of...

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Livermore Stories: Mitchell Katz Winery

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Photo: from left to right , future father in law, John DeFrietas, Mitch Katz, assistant winemaker Zach Thomsen, tasting room mgr. Andrew Wigginton. Sorting grapes during harvest. Courtesy Mitchell Katz Winery

Sorting grapes during harvest.  L to R: John DeFrietas, Mitch Katz...

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Livermore Stories: Pat Paulsen Vineyards

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 1:15 PM

M&G WineLuv

Monty Paulsen loves to create wine brands.  He's an eclectic winemaker, making wine from wherever he can get his hands on grapes, be that Martinez, California or the Valle Central in Chile.  On his website alone you'll...

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A Fragrant Journey With Mandy Aftel

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:21 PM


Artisan perfumer Mandy Aftel is a fragrance tour guide, guiding you on a scent journey through history, filled with cultural touchstones and alchemy.  The backdrop to the aromatic adventure is what Mandy calls the five "landmark...

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A New View for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley will be forever known as the winery that beat the French.  Many people know the role that the winery's 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon played in bringing worldwide attention to America's premier wine country.  This wine beat the best of the French...

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Livermore Stories: Wood Family Vineyards

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:18 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...

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Livermore Stories: BoaVentura de Caires Winery

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 11:54 AM


"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 | 11:55 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 | 10:51 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 | 10:43 AM

Wine Oh TV Mat Kearney

Courtesy Wine Oh TV

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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