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Mindy Joyce Absolutely Wine Country

Mindy Joyce, a kiwi gal burned out from a NYC career, brings her wine knowledge, as well as her many wine travels, to life in each episode or post.  WineryCritic is dedicated to finding great values in wines, pairings, wine travel and what wines to splurge on;  all set in a fabulous wine country backdrop.  Stay tuned, you may see action in the vineyard at any time!

About Mindy

Mindy’s passion for wine started quite unexpectedly during a trip to Burgundy when she realized that all the French wines she had seen in bottle stores in the US were actually towns and villages that she could visit. This discover led her to start “collecting” wine regions by traveling to wineries in the USA, France, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and Italy.

Professionally, Mindy is a marketer through and through and after working as a marketing director for several companies she started her own marketing consultancy, Sugarfly.  Mindy took a year off from consulting in 2011 when she was “discovered” by Lot18, a wine flash sales site. Merging her love of wine and travel, she spent a year traveling and curating the winery and wine travel experiences on the site.

Not to be outdone by Robert Parker Jr. and other wine critics, Mindy firmly believes that the world needs a “winery critic”. In 2011 she founded WineryCritic® where she reviews and recommends the best winery experiences.

Although she is a fan California wines, she quietly admits her true love is French wines: Champagnes, Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhônes, and Rosés from Provence. Her visit to Bordeaux in 2013 spurred a blog post that ended up winning the 2014 Great Wine Capitals Blogger Contest. She was also named a judge for Wines of Bordeaux’s “100 wines under $55” in 2013. Mindy will be completing her a WSET Diploma of Wine & Spirits in 2015.

When Mindy is not in meetings or driving around wineries, she is working from “Château Mindy”, a cottage in the heart of Napa. Connect with Mindy on Twitter @MindyJoyce

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Hess Collection Vineyards Napa Valley

Mindy at Hess Collection Vineyards, Napa Valley

You’ll find us in the middle of a winery somewhere but don’t hesitate to call or email. We answer no matter where we are.

Mindy Joyce
Founder, WineryCritic

Email: mindy@winerycritic.com