Donor Profile: Dallas Wine Chick, Melanie Ofenloch

Melanie_Times_Ten_400x400Melanie Ofenloch, The Dallas Wine Chick, has a philosophy – no wine snobs allowed.  While her profession is marketing, and she recently laucnhed her own consulting business, her passion is drinking wine.  She doesn’t consider herself a wine expert – just an everyday person with a love for the grape, a few annual Pilgrimages to wine regions and at the end of each year, an ugly Visa summary to prove it (her words not mine)!

It took Melanie a long time to realize an everyday person (especially her) could write a wine blog.  She admits that she’s not a sommelier, winery owner, wine marketer or wine expert. But, how many of us are experts? Wine is a product that should be discovered, shared and enjoyed.

Her wine roots are humble.  Growing up, Melanie was given a glass of Uncle Louie’s homemade wine, which was quite an experience – and not a good one.  In college, she shared Gallo pink blush jugs with college roommate for weekend parties.  When she was newly married, Melanie and her husband discovered inexpensive Italian wines together.  She took her first trip to Napa, to realize what a great wine could be and found that wine would become a journey of discovery.  Learning about wine has been wonderful, but Melanie believes that experiencing wine is the fun part.

Editor’s Note:

Melanie is an important part of our Scholarship Committee, and we appreciate her contributions on the committee and her donation!  Even after taking the plunge in to self-employement (gee, wonder what that’s like heehee) she has been instrumental in working with the Ethnifacts team to get the Diversity Grant funded, and has helped with PR activities that are essential to the scholarship.  Thank you Melanie for being an enthusiastic part of our team!

Please reach out to Melanie at @dallaswinechick and check out her awesome blog!

Donor and Committee Memeber: Cindy Rynning

20111223 IMG_9737-2Cindy has been writing her blog, Grape Experiences, since September 2011.  At some point she decided that tasting copious amounts of wine was great but she wanted to learn more.  After passing the WSET Advanced/Level 3 exam she began to swirl, sip, and savor wine as another step towards sharing this knowledge with her readers from around the world.  Living in Chicago, Cindy loves to attend wine dinners and tasting events as well as meet winemakers and others who enjoy sharing their wine journey with her.

Cindy is thrilled to have been able to contribute to the scholarship fund and help others attend such a fantastic conference this year.  As a full time teacher, she understands how mentoring others in any way is crucial to lifelong learning about wine and the continuation of the art of wine blogging.

 

Editor’s Note:  Thank you Cindy for your participation and help in judging the awesome scholarship kids this year!  We look forward to seeing you in the Finger Lakes!