The Smart Woman Behind the Wine for Dummies Books (Video): Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW


Our guest this evening was to have been Mary Ewing-Mulligan, the first woman to achieve the coveted Master of Wine (MW) designation in the United States and author of the Wine for Dummies books, which have sold more than 7 million copies.

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What was the moment Mary decided to become the first woman to earn a Master of Wine?
What were the unique challenges she faced at the time, when all other MWs, including the judges, were men?
What was the most interesting wine tip she discovered while writing Wine for Dummies?



















































Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW
President, International Wine Center

Mary Ewing-Mulligan, president of International Wine Center is the first woman in America to become a Master of Wine. This title represents the highest level of knowledge and proficiency in the wine trade. Currently 369 individuals worldwide are Masters of Wine, including 45 in the U.S.

In addition to heading International Wine Center, Mary is co-author (with her husband, Ed McCarthy) of “Wine For Dummies” and “Wine Style, Using your senses to explore and enjoy wine,” both published by John Wiley & Sons. With more than one million copies sold, translations into 38 languages, and an audio tape, Wine For Dummies is the fastest-selling wine book ever in the U.S. The couple have also authored White Wine For Dummies, Red Wine For Dummies, Wine Buying Companion For Dummies, Italian Wine For Dummies and French Wine For Dummies.

Mary Ewing-Mulligan was wine columnist for The Daily News in New York City for more than ten years, as well as a columnist for trade magazines, “Nation’s Restaurant News” and “Beverage Dynamics.” She also contributed wine articles to several publications in the U.S. and England. She is a past president of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America) and currently serves as one of its Directors.

Her accomplishments have been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine magazine, The New York Times, The Wine Spectator, Newsday, and Gourmet, and she has made dozens of television appearances. She also frequently judges at major national and international tasting competitions, and lectures to private groups.




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