After a six year stint in the brewing industry, Stacy realized her palate preferences leaned more towards grapes than grains. Today, she is a wine writer, educator and sommelier. Stacy holds an advanced Wine & Spirits Education Trust WSET® Level 3 Award and has her Master’s degree in Public Health. She is committed to ongoing coursework in the study of wine, both in the vineyard and the classroom, while her background and experience propel her international search for the best wines at the best price points.
Stacy is currently the online editor and writer for About.com’s wine site and recently wrapped up the third edition of the Idiot’s Guide to Wine. She has also written for the New York Times, The Daily Meal, Epicurean Charlotte and other wine-soaked outlets. With experience in cellar management, wine procurement, sommelier services, teaching wine education classes, along with coordinating professional and corporate wine tastings, Stacy’s wine themes run the gamut and enable her to make the most of a diverse vinous background.
Welcome! Join the conversation, share your favorite wine finds and engage in a lively consumer-driven dialogue about wines that crank on quality without crushing the wallet. We recognize that the majority of wine consumers are interested in getting the most bang for their wine buck and tend to shop well at the under $20 price point. We also understand that when it’s time to turn things up a notch, people don’t want to be disappointed and we’re committed to providing clear, concise, real time input for stellar higher end wine purchases, dubbed “urge to splurge” on this site.
As we get rolling, we plan on hosting a small team of wine writers and winemakers to lend their voice and expertise to the wines under $20 conversation, allowing readers to get a glimpse of the glass from multiple angles and palates. So pour a glass, sign up for the newsletter, snag us on social sites and we’ll scout for the very best wines at solid quality-to-price ratios and tell you all about them. Every wine has a back story, whether it’s the grape, the ground, the region, or the people involved in bringing it to market. We’ll dig up the dirt and fill you in on the who, what, when, where and why behind the wine… and the vine.
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Clive fell in love with wine when he relocated to the Pacific Northwest from his native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Clive’s still partial to the wines of Washington and Oregon but he’s learned to open up a bit to wines from all over the world. Clive has a Masters degree in Philosophy and his day job has him working in sustainability in higher education. Ultimately Clive is kinda cheap and so he’s up for sharing with you the deals he finds for himself.
Clive is the contributing wine writer to Peloton magazine, a road cycling lifestyle magazine as well as the editor in chief of the wine blog The Northwest Wine Anthem. Clive has contributed to Nectar, Drink What You Like, Wine Without Worry with Jameson Fink, Woodinville Wine Country Magazine and the cycling news publication Velo News. He also races bicycles in his spare time.