WineFashionista is all about the things I love: wine and fragrance. Here I get to blend them all and share with you.
I am a perfume aficionado and am active in Sniffapalooza, the premiere scent lover’s organization celebrating fragrance with events around the world. I love to pair wine and perfume on my blog and I’ve created wine and perfume pairing classes. Most recently I took part in Dress to the Vines at Jessup Cellars, where I presented perfume pairings with the Jessup wines.
I spent a week in Grasse, France, with Sniffapalooza, on a perfume tour, which was an amazing experience. There are so many similarities between wine and perfume. To me it’s a natural pairing. Fragrances I love are from By Kilian, Editions Frederic Malle, Serge Lutens, Maison Francis Kurkdijan, L’Artisan Parfumer, Bodeacia the Victorious, Nobile 1949, Nasamotto, Honore de Pres. I’m crazy for white florals, especially tuberose and gardenia, lilacs, ambers, spicy orientals and gourmands. I like complexity over freshness.
What’s in my wine cellar? My favorite wines are the Rhone varietals, Priorat, Nero d’Avola, rosé and bubbly, and any aromatic white (Condrieu, Torrontes, Riesling). I love the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Livermore Valley, both regions very close to where I live. I love visiting wine regions – Franconia in Germany and the Willamette Valley just recently, biking through the Loire two summers ago. Wine is of a place and I believe in drinking local when possible. But I always mix it up. I’m an adventurous drinker and won’t hesitate to try something new, even experimental (orange wine anyone? Really it’s good!).
In June 2012 I earned the Certified Sommelier certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, which means sitting for and passing a nerve-racking and thorough exam about wine. In 2010 I completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Intermediate and Advanced wine certificate programs, with Distinction and Merit respectively. I also passed the Introductory Level of Court of Master Sommelier in 2011 with the highest score in the class.
What’s in my closet? Diane von Furstenberg, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rozae Nichols, Yigal Azrouel, Velvet, Trina Turk, AG, 7’s and JBrand jeans. For shoes, Bettye Muller, Anyi Lu, Christian Louboutin, Chie Mihara, Manolo, Jimmy Choo, Constanca Basto, Tods and Angeleigh Anastasio. Handbags are also Angeleigh Anastasio, Kooba, Treesje, Tods, Gustto. I adore jewelry, and my collection includes Robindira Unsworth, Alexis Bittar, Pianegonda and Vaubel.
Mary Orlin is the WineFashionista, writing about wine, food and perfume. She is the James Beard Award and Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer of Orlin Media, where she is a multimedia wine TV and video producer and writer, telling stories behind the label. Mary is currently a producer on the new CBS TV Show Kristy Downing Rocks Local Food. She is a featured wine and perfume blogger on The Huffington Post and contributes to Edible Silicon Valley, where her regular column “Behind the Bottle” appears starting Spring 2014. Mary also writes for Napa Sonoma Magazine Palate Press, and Berkeleyside Nosh. Mary has also contributed to Uncorked and GEV (Gastronomique en Vogue). Most recently she was Executive Producer of NBC’s In Wine Country, wine country’s premier lifestyle show that airs nationally on the NBC Network. Production on the show ceased but the show continues to air in syndication on NBC, the longest running wine show on television.
In 2005 she received the James Beard Foundation Award, Emmys in 2007 and 2008, and led her team to a total 14 Emmys over the nine seasons that the show was in production. Mary has garnered numerous other journalism awards for the show, including Best Producer from American Women in Radio & Television.
Mary was also a producer for AOL’ s video series “You’ve Got” which gets over 1 million page views. The stories are profiles of people who inspire, lead and inform. She’s produced stories about an 86 year old skate boarder, a dance company whose members participate in wheel chairs, Anna Quindlen’s latest book and the star of The Blair Witch Project.
Mary became a Certified Sommelier, passing the exam by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Mary also completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Intermediate and Advanced wine certificate programs, passing the Intermediate level with distinction and highest score in her class, and passing the Advanced level with merit. She also passed the Introductory Level of Court of Master Sommelier with the highest score in the class.
Mary has been a wine judge at the Mendocino County Fair, the Mendocino Crab & Wine Days, the California State Fair, Livermore Valley’s Taste of Terroir and the Santa Cruz Mountains wine competitions. Prior to working at NBC, Mary Orlin was a producer for CNN Travel Now, CNN’s program on worldwide destinations, trends, wine and cuisines. She also served as an editor for ZagatSurvey, was a regular contributor to Travelocity magazine, and was food and wine editor for the Palo Alto Weekly.
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