Get inspired to travel and learn about wine at the same time.  I am addicted to traveling, particularly to wine regions to learn about various wines, cuisines and cultures.  My blog is geared to giving you the best tips and recommendations to make your next trip amazing.


About Mindy

Event though she was born in New Zealand, 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, Portugal, 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 in 2010 called Sugarfly.  In 2011 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.  She now works in marketing for a wine company in California.

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 writes about her travels and winery experiences.

Although she is a fan California wines, she quietly admits her true love is French wines: Champagnes, Côtes du Rhônes, and Rosés from Provence.  After a recent trip to Italy, Dolcetto and Gavi are two new “discoveries”.

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 completed her a WSET Diploma of Wine & Spirits in 2016.

Connect with Mindy on Twitter @MindyJoyce

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