About

Mary-Cressler-2013-circle-smMy name is Mary Cressler and this is my website.

I am a wine, food, and travel writer, and founder of Vindulge, Wine Education & Consulting — a wine consulting company focusing on enhancing the consumers wine experience through classes, events, seminars, in addition to commercial consulting.  I am also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.  Oh, I’m also the mother of twin toddlers, wife of a pitmaster, and a barbecue fanatic! In the summer of 2015 my husband and I founded Ember & Vine.

I am a staff writer and columnist for Palate Press Online Wine Magazine, and a food and wine contributor to Wine4.Me. I also write freelance about wine, food, and travel for various publications, and I am the author of this here website where I share original recipes, wine pairings, wine tidbits, and travel stories.

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A little bit more…

I am a lover of all things wine, food, traveling, and running.  I have worked in the wine industry in roles such as Tasting Room Manager, Event Coordinator and General Manager of a winery where I was involved in day to day operations, customer and employee service, marketing, direct and internet sales, distribution management, and staff training. Prior to that I spent 10 years working in the restaurant industry. I hold a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication and was studying to become a professor…  but the wine industry had different plans for me. It kinda has that effect on some people!

I started this blog in February of 2009 while studying to become a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, as a way of documenting all the new things I was learning about wine and honing in on my passion.  I passed my exams in May of the same year and discovered that receiving my certification was just the beginning.

I combined my background in education, restaurants, and winery management, with my passion for wine and founded Vindulge Wine Education & Consulting in hopes of sharing my knowledge with others who wish to learn about wine in a fun and approachable manner.  Wine should be fun, and I like to make it that way.  I teach classes, lead events, write, and consult clients on anything from helping consumers select wines for a wedding to helping restaurants organize a wine list.

My writing has been featured in Barbecue America Magazine, Serious Eats, Bottlenotes, The Daily Meal, The Gorge Guide, Palate Press Online Wine Magazine, Snooth, Oregon Wine Press, and I have been a frequent tasting panelist and judge for numerous wine competitions.  I also write a monthly food and wine column for the popular website and wine app Wine4.Me.

My life took a huge turn in 2010 when my husband and I relocated to New England and started a family (twins!!).  That experience allowed me to explore an entire new region of the country and opportunities to travel to several countries, including; Italy, Greece, France, Croatia, and Spain.  We returned to Oregon in the summer of 2013 and I am thrilled to be back in the region where I began my career in wine and continue to teach and write.

When I’m not writing or teaching my clients about wine, you’ll likely find me running, cycling, cooking, exploring new wine regions, contributing to my husbands addiction to barbecue, or playing with my twin boys and two small Chihuahua’s with my husband in the greater Pacific Northwest.

I hope you will join me on this journey as I continue to write about life with wine, food, travel, raising twins, and trying to balance it all.

 Thanks for stopping by! 

 

Selected Published Works

Comté and the terroir of cheese
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, June 2015

The Oregon Chardonnay Clone Wars
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, March 2015

A Sparkling Wine Movement in the Pacific Northwest
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, January 2015

Expert Advice on Pairing Wine with Mushrooms
The Daily Sip by Bottlenotes, October 2014

Move Over Lattes; Pumpkin is Good for So Much More
The Daily Sip by Bottlenotes, October 2014

Wines to Pair with Tailgating Classics
The Daily Sip by Bottlenotes, September 2014

Donnafugata and the New Western Sicily
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, November 2014

From Oaxaca to Vineyard and Wine: the Story of Mario Bazán
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, January 2014

Farmers in the desert: the Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, September 2014

Malbec comeback: A Cahors producer looks to the past for innovation
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, July 2014

Just Like Chicken? Finding the Way to Oregon Chardonnay
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, February 2014

Exploring Epicurean Experiences: Wine Pairing Dinners
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, April 2014

Perfect Party Wine: Sparkling Wine Under $20
Serious Eats, December 2013

Will Run for Wine
Oregon Wine Press, September 2013

Cognac, It’s All About the Barrels
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, December 2012

Dinner and Wine for $20 or Less (Ebook)
Contributor, January 2012

The Other Side of Terroir
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, September 2011

Award Winning Gorge Wines
Gorge Guide, 2010

Sparkling Wine Devotees Converge on New Orleans
Palate Press: The online wine magazine, May 2010

 

Vindulge Has Been Featured On

Huffington Post — Brisket Recipes That’ll Fall Off The Bone And Into Your Heart

Huffington Post — 17 Thanksgiving Cocktails So Good, They Rival Pumpkin Pie

The Daily Meal — 9 Festive Appetizers for Your 4th of July Barbecue

The Daily Meal — Beef Brisket 7 Ways

The Daily Meal — Spicy, Smoky, and Sweet: 12 Easy and Delicious Ways to Enjoy Salsa

The Daily Meal — 9 Guacamole Recipes You’ll Want to Make Right Now

Grape Collective — Speakeasy with Mary Cressler

Grape Collective — Tippler Ten: Where to wine and dine in Portland

Snooth — Bordeaux? Yea or Nay?

Snooth — Italian Values:  We ask the Experts!

Snooth — Gettin Our Chicken On!

Snooth — Our Favorite Roses

Foodgawker

Tastespotting

 

Wine Judging

Northwest Wine Summit, Wine Judge, 2015

Greatest of the Grape, Wine Judge, March 2015

Hudson Valley Wine Competetion, Wine Judge, 2011

Northwest Wine Summit, Wine Judge, 2010

Oregon Seafood & Wine Festival Wine Competition, Wine Judge, 2010

Oregon Seafood & Wine Festival Wine Competition, Wine Judge, 2009

 

Speaking Engagements

International Wine Tourism Conference & Workshop, Presenter, 2013 (Zagreb, Croatia) — “The importance of staff training and development for your wine business”

International Wine Tourism Conference & Workshop, Presenter, 2012 (Perugia, Umbria, Italy) – “A Sense of Place: How to leverage your region and place to enhance the customer experience”

Wine Bloggers Conference, Presenter, 2011 (Charlottesville, VA, USA)– “Wine & Food Pairing:  Finding Your Niche”

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Please feel free to email me anytime at mary @ vindulge.com