Authors

Donita Dyer

Co-Founder (Vancouver, BC Canada)

As bubbly and complex as vintage blanc de blancs Champagne. Donita has worked in Sales & Marketing within the Travel & Tourism Industry for years, and in the Wine Industry since 2013, as well as being an entrepreneur. She’s studied French Wine through the French Wine Guild and has earned her WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Advanced Level 3 Certificate. She also received a scholarship from Les Dames d'Escoffier towards the 'Master of Champagne' course. When Donita's not working, she's writing on her wine and food blog called: Wine & Food Concierge; she teaches a Wine 101 class; she coordinates social wine events and shares her love for rosé wine on a Facebook page called: The Pink Tank. She also loves to travel, cook, explore any culinary scene and is an Actor and Hand Model.

Josh Decolongon

Co-Founder (San Fransisco, CA USA)

A Pinot in the streets but a Syrah in the Sheets. Josh became involved with wine as soon as he was legally allowed to. He is a certified sommelier and the youngest ever WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Diploma graduate in British Columbia. He has also been the president of UBC’s Wine Tasting Club, wrote for UBC’s student-led newspaper as their wine columnist for several years, and earned a scholarship to attend the Wine Bloggers Conference in 2014. Through teaching, writing, and consulting, Josh loves to provide a unique and modern approach for the current and next generation of wine drinkers. He also secretly loves beer.

Julia Coney

Partner (Washington DC, USA)

Julia spent over twenty years working in the legal field before switching careers to become a luxury  writer and consultant focusing on travel, wine, and lifestyle. She has worked with American Airlines, Celebrity Cruises, Marriott, Starwood, the Estee Lauder Companies, Visit France Tourism, Barbados Tourism, Savannah Tourism, Belize Tourism, the Four Seasons companies, and more. Julia has been featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Texas Monthly, New York Magazine, Ebony, Essence, Glamour, print and online publications.   Originally from Houston, Texas, Julia currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area where she writes and consults with various companies while studying for her WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Level 2 exam. 

Samantha Kaine Gruen

Partner (Toronto, ON Canada)

Samantha is a talented actor, producer and writer in the film and television industry, with a strong love of wines. She owns her own production company and has successfully produced for theatre, television and film. Samantha started building her wine journey by earning her WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Level 1 and is fully on her way to becoming a wine expert. When not producing, performing or living all things wine, she’s an avid reader and can devour a book in a day, she also loves bourbon, spicy & exotic foods, her husband Jeff and their boxer puppy, Garnet.  

Christine Campbell

Partner (North Vancouver, BC Canada)

Floats like a Montrachet, stings like a Chablis. Christine holds her WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Advanced Level 3 Certificate and French Wine Scholar designation. An avid student, Christine is continuing with the inaugural ‘Master of Champagne’ course through the Wine Scholar Guild. When not studying, Christine writes weekly on her wine blog Girls Go Grape and is a contributing writer for the Alcohol Professor and British Columbia Correspondent for the Wine Tourist Magazine. Christine consults to private groups as a Wine Specialist and consults to industry and private sectors. She also sits on the B.C. VQA assessment panel.

Glynis Hill

Partner (Washington DC, USA)

Vino Noire is an expression of Glynis’ passion for wine and her desire to share experiences with those who have not yet developed an appreciation for fine wine and the lifestyle of wine aficionados. She’s a native of Paterson, New Jersey, and matriculated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University. She currently works as an Regulatory Impact Analyst/Environmental Scientist with a government agency in Washington, DC. In 2012, she completed WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Advanced Level 3. She has travelled to some of the most prolific wine regions in the United States and around the world, and when she’s not working she’s writing and reviewing wine on her blog: Vino-Noire.