Kudos to VineSleuth/Wine4.Me team members Mary Cressler and Meg Houston Maker for being honored as finalists for the Wine Blogger Awards.

By Amy Gross, CEO and Founder of Wine4.Me

Kudos to VineSleuth/Wine4.Me team members Mary Cressler and Meg Houston Maker for being honored as finalists for the Wine Blog Awards.

Voting is now open though June 13, 2016 to choose the best wine bloggers, blogs, and blog posts. Voting is open to the public, so please read on and then click over to support Mary and Meg.

Wine Blog Awards - Vindulge by Mary Cressler

Vote for Mary Cressler of Vindulge

Best Original Photography on a Wine Blog AND Best Overall Wine Blog
As a reader of the Wine4.Me Blog, you are probably familiar with Mary Cressler’s monthly posts (and drool-worthy food photos!) featuring delicious recipes for meals you can actually make at home, alongside wine pairings with wines you can easily pick up at a local store. I’ve always admired Mary’s approachable, realistic style with wine. As a mom of twin boys, she really gets the importance of easy entertaining and still keeps things gorgeously tasty.

Mary’s work also laid the foundation for much of the wine and food pairing you can find in the Wine4.Me app (downloadable for free at the App Store for iOS) as well as the application VineSleuth/ Wine4.Me is building for retailers to implement right in the wine aisle as easy-to-use tablet kiosks.

When I met Mary at my first Wine Blogger’s Conference in 2011, I knew she had a fresh, casual, and realistic approach to wine and so, of course, I knew I wanted her to be on our team. I am so thankful she agreed to join us.

Mary Cressler is nominated for Best Original Photography or Video on a Wine Blog AND Best Overall Wine Blog at the Wine Blog Awards. You can see more of Mary’s articles with her beautiful photography and fantastic videos over at her blog Vindulge or here at Wine4.Me.

Wine Blog Awards - Makers Table by Meg Houston Maker

Vote for Meg Houston Maker of Maker’s Table

Best Writing on a Wine Blog AND Best Blog Post of the Year
Another powerhouse woman I knew I wanted to join the VineSleuth/ Wine4.Me team at first meeting is Meg Houston Maker. Her professionalism, knowledge of wine, and gift for communication in writing impressed me from the start.

After meeting Meg and reading her writing, I invited her to write for VineSleuth. Meg wrote a few posts for the Wine4.Me blog back when it was under the name VineSleuth Uncorked as she was just growing her exposure online beyond her own blog. I’m sure you’ll agree her writing is almost decadent to read, as you can picture and taste things just as she describes them.

Meg’s writing may be fantastic, but her tastebuds are also stellar! Before she can write about what she tastes, Meg has the ability to taste with precision and understanding. It should come as no surprise, then, that Meg is also a member of the VineSleuth/ Wine4.Me Wine Evaluation Team.

As a member of the VineSleuth/Wine4.Me Wine Evaluation Team, Meg participates in regular sensory evaluation of the wines submitted to our application database.

The way we evaluate wines at VineSleuth/Wine4.Me is truly unique to the industry. All evaluators must follow our strict guidelines and report objectively on what they observe in the wines. Each VineSleuth evaluator must repeat her assessments at a rate of 90% or higher when re-evaluating a wine and must also report observations which match the rest of the team, although evaluations are done by individual evaluation and not discussed. All of this means that Meg truly has a rock star palate!

Meg Houston Maker is nominated for Best Writing  AND Best Blog Post in the Wine Blog Awards. In addition, not just one but TWO of her posts are nominated in the Best Blog Post categoryA Wine for Old Love and Every Little Thing is Small: A Conversation With Cathy Corison. You can see more of Meg’s posts at her blog Maker’s Table or here at Wine4.Me.

How to Vote for Mary & Meg in the Wine Blog Awards

We are super proud of both Mary and Meg for this honor. Like I said, I knew they were both special right from the start.

Voting for the Wine Blog Awards is open to the public. Both Mary and Meg are nominated for work on their individual blogs. Please click on over and take a look at their blogs and nominated posts here:

To place your vote, go to the Wine Blog Awards and click on VOTE NOW to go to the 7-question survey to place your vote. Voting is open to the public and ends June 13th. Winners will be announced on June 15th at honored at the Wine Blog Awards Ceremony on August 13th at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, California.

Cheers! And congratulations, again, Mary and Meg… I’m honored to have you as part of the VineSleuth/Wine4.Me family!  Best of luck to you in the finals.

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