Mary Orlin is the James Beard and Emmy Award-winning wine journalist and co-host of the wine podcast Sip, Sip, Hooray! She is a Certified Sommelier and WSET Advanced Certified with Merit. Mary also hosts the @WineFashionista Instagram Live series and often co-hosts winery and wine association virtual live tastings on Zoom and Instagram Live.
Mary also writes about wine for Edible Silicon Valley, Edible East Bay and San Francisco Magazine. She is a wine judge for numerous prestigious wine competitions, including the international Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, Central Coast Wine Competition, Amador County Fair, Mendocino Wine Competition, California State Fair and Southern Oregon Wine Experience. In 2019 she was named a fellow for the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa Valley.
Most recently Mary was the wine writer for the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times. While on staff she launched the video series “Eat Drink Play,” producing several videos per month. She led the coverage of the 2017 Wine Country fires, contributing to more than seven million online views and garnering national media pickups in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Previously Mary created the James Beard and Emmy-award winning TV series “In Wine Country,” on NBC. Each episode brought Wine Country into viewers’ homes across the country. During the show’s nine seasons, it became the longest running and most award-winning wine TV show in television history.
Her work has also been featured regularly in the Grape Collective, The Tasting Panel, HuffPost, Napa Sonoma Magazine, Diablo Magazine and Berkeleyside Nosh. She’s been a speaker at a Wine Institute symposium, the Santa Lucia Highlands Gala, the Lodi Winegrape Commision Lodi Wines Blog and Santa Clara Valley Hop N Vine and has moderated wine panels at trade and consumer events. In 2020 she was a Panelist for screening of documentary film “America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition, an event presented by the SLO Wine History Project.