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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

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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A Nose for Wine at Morlet Family Vineyards

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 12:54 PM

"These are my diplomas from Galimard." Luc Morlet and his wife Jodie proudly hold up not one, but two certificates he earned at the Galimard Perfume Factory in Grasse, France in 2008.  "I liked it so much I went back a second time," he says. For two days this Napa Valley winemaker...

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Wine for Your Skin: 29 by Lydia Mondavi

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:47 PM

Say the Mondavi name and one word pops into your head -- wine.  Another word should come to mind too -- grape seeds.  That's right, those beneficial, high-in-antioxidants little seeds, which add tannin and flavor to red wine, are about to go big time.  Lydia Mondavi isn't a winemaker; she's...

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Tweeting up Wine With the Whole Foods Wine Guys

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 2:50 PM

For the past two years my Twitter feed has lit up on certain Thursday nights with chatter about wine with the hashtag #WFMwine.  Yes, WFM stands for Whole Foods Market, and the upscale grocer has been sponsoring Twitter chats on wine once a quarter for the past two years.  Whole...

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The Wines of Elvio Cogno, A Beautiful Expression of BaroloWine

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


This past summer I spent four days in Piedmont, the northern Italy wine region famous for Barolo and Barbaresco.  I wanted to understand the Nebbiolo grape, and the differences in Barolo and Barbaresco.  Going to the place where...

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Chateau Coutet's Cameo on Downton Abbey

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 11:16 AM


I've never paid much attention to the wine on the Crawley family's dinner table on Downton Abbey. All that changed Sunday night in episode two of the new season, when one of my favorite wines made a cameo...

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DVF: The Iconic Wrap Dress at 40

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:15 AM

My first encounter with Diane von Furstenberg was in 1977, through her first book, Diane von Furstenberg's Book of Beauty. I read that book at least 50 times. It was my style bible. I was just beginning my love affair with fashion, and thought Diane's wrap dress was the...

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A New Start With a First Crush at Continuum Estate

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 1:33 PM


"This is from the first day of our first harvest in the winery," says Tim Mondavi, holding a glass filled with a dark purple liquid. "This was one week ago today, Cabernet Sauvignon that's just down the hill...

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Six Sparklers for $15 or Less To Pop On New Year's Eve

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 8:17 AM


What's New Year's Eve without popping the cork on a bottle of bubbly?  Gotta have that "pop" to make it official, right?  But those bubbles are getting more and more pricey.  When I decided to do a post...

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Scent "Concert" Takes You On A Trip To Japan Via Your Nose

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Perfume is an emotional thing.  One spritz and you're transported back to childhood, a first love or a special place you've visited.  Scent is evocative and primal, with the power to revive a memory in an instant.

Perfume is also an art form, created by olfactory artists who blend sophisticated...

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5 Best Wine Diva Holiday Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 7:36 PM

When thinking about what to get the wine lover in your life, while a special bottle of wine is nice, quite frankly it's a cop out.  It doesn't take a lot of thought or creativity.  Especially if your recipient is a wine diva.  She'll appreciate your going the extra mile...

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Share, the Cookbook You Must Share

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:59 AM

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"This is a book about humanity and eating and families and sharing and caring and generosity," says Jesse Ziff Cool, a well-known restauranteur and cookbook author based in Silicon Valley.  She's long...

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The Legacy of Prohibition on Wine 80 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 10:47 AM

There have been many books and films made about Prohibition, the era of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that banned the production of alcoholic drinks for commercial sale and transportation from 1920 until 1933.  A new film focuses on how the wine industry rebuilt itself after Repeal and...

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Make Sure You're Buying the Real Thing: Shopping Tips for Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:12 AM

With the holidays upon us, you may have butter and gravy on the table.  Why not add a bottle of traditional balsamic vinegar?  A few drops of balsamic adds a burst of flavor to any dish, and I love it drizzled on vegetables, especially roasted Brussels sprouts, and a drop...

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A Visit to Leonardi Balsamic Vinegar Farm

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:02 AM


"We are proud of our vinegar."  Federica Gibellini is leading me and my husband on a tour of the Acetaia Leonardi balsamic vinegar farm.  Leonardi is a family owned balsamic maker in Magreta, Italy in the...

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Wine From Under The Sea

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 9:00 AM

You've probably heard stories about shipwrecks discovered where bottles of wine were found.  Some of the wines uncovered have been 100 years old or more.  There's been interest in what these wines taste like and how well they did - or didn't age - in their watery cellars.  That's the...

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Lunch With Nicolás Catena -- The Mondavi of Argentina

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 10:48 AM


Cabaña de Las Lilas is one of the most famous steakhouses in Buenos Aires, let alone all of Argentina.  When we walked in I recognized everything -- the open kitchen, the smell of charred beef, the outdoor patio...

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