Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington State, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California and Bordeaux. Its primary writer, Margot Sinclair Savell, has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”
In 2011, Margot was appointed to the Board of Advisors for VinTank; its Social Connect platform was recognized by Mashable as one of the first vertically focused social listening platforms for the wine industry.
Combining her passions for writing and wine, Margot has also created Web site content, newsletters and other marketing collateral for wineries, wine clubs, wine bars and other groups in the wine industry. Hence, the name “Write for Wine.”
As a Canadian journalist and later in the U.S., Margot’s work appeared on ABC Radio, AP Radio and CBS Television, in addition to the Financial Post, L.A. Times, The New York Times and The Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Dave is instrumental in developing story ideas and concepts, in addition to providing insights for Write for Wine. He also takes photos.
This blog was created in June 2007. In October 2008, Write for Wine was delighted to be named #19 in Google’s Top 100 wine blogs, as compiled by Enobytes. In October 2011, Write for Wine was named #5 on MyMediaInfo’s List of Top Ten Wine Tweeps.
The policy of this blog about wine samples is simple: Write for Wine accepts samples, and will disclose in any subsequent blog posts that samples were received. But we will only write about the wines or wine products that we like.
This policy adheres to their overall approach: Margot and Dave do not consider themselves critics; this blog is not about reviews. Rather, they are wine enthusiasts who like to tell people about their favorite wines. If they don’t like a wine, they do not write about it. (Note: Just because we don’t write about a wine doesn’t mean it isn’t good; it simply means our palates prefer other wines.)
Margot also is a senior vice president at Research+Data Insights, the global research practice at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. She has not knowingly written about agency clients in this blog. If she did, she would reveal any connection in such a blog post.
“The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of my employer. The posts on this blog are provided ‘as is’ with no warranties and confer no rights.”