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


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Mary Ewing-Mulligan, president of the International Wine Center and the primary lady in America to turn out to be a Master of Wine. She’s additionally simply revealed the seventh version of the e book “Wine For Dummies.” Mary’s motto “Peace. Community. Wine.” is a superb abstract of the work she’s doing within the wine business, from wine training to advocating for girls within the business, to her tenacity and dedication to attain the very best designation and persevering with to develop her data and talent. I actually loved this unbelievable chat and I do know you’ll get lots from her journey. Enjoy!



  • Where do Mary’s passions for wine and for cats overlap?
  • How did Mary meet her husband?
  • Where did Mary get the concept to put in writing Wine for Dummies?
  • Does the “for Dummies” title ever get a adverse reception?
  • What modifications are made in new editions of Wine for Dummies?
  • When did Mary determine to check for the Master of Wine program?
  • How lengthy did it take for Mary to attain the Master of Wine designation?
  • What did Mary do to enhance over her three makes an attempt on the tasting portion of the Master of Wine take a look at?
  • How did Mary begin out on the International Wine Center?
  • Is persevering with training required when you obtain the Master of Wine designation?
  • What are Mary’s ideas on the present state of affairs for girls within the wine business?
  • How can veteran ladies within the wine business help youthful ladies simply beginning out?
  • Is the impression of local weather change on the wine business being mentioned by business leaders?
  • Does Mary rating wines?
  • Can a wine be scored by itself or ought to it’s in comparison with the gold customary of its class?
  • If Mary might put up a billboard in downtown Toronto, what wouldn’t it say?
  • What is Mary’s favorite wine gadget?
  • What is Mary’s recommendation about pursuing wine training?


About Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Mary Ewing-Mulligan, president of International Wine Center, is the primary lady in America to turn out to be a Master of Wine. This title represents the very best stage of information and proficiency within the wine commerce. Currently, 369 people worldwide are Masters of Wine, together with 45 within the U.S.

In addition to heading International Wine Center, Mary is a co-author (along with her husband, Ed McCarthy) of “Wine For Dummies” and “Wine Style, Using your senses to discover and revel in wine,” each revealed by John Wiley & Sons. With multiple million copies offered, translations into 38 languages, and an audio tape, Wine For Dummies is the fastest-selling wine e book ever within the U.S. The couple have additionally 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 greater than ten years, in addition to a columnist for commerce magazines, “Nation’s Restaurant News” and “Beverage Dynamics.” She additionally contributed wine articles to a number of publications within the U.S. and England. She is a previous president of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America) and presently serves as considered one of its Directors.




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Transcript & Takeaways

Welcome to episode 33!

In immediately’s episode, we’re chatting with the ultra-smart and witty Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Master of Wine and president of International Wine Center in New York City. She’s additionally simply revealed the seventh version of the e book “Wine For Dummies.”

A fast word. Mary shares with us her favorite wine gadget close to the tip of the episode. I’ll put a hyperlink to that within the present notes so you realize the place you should buy it — it’s simply so helpful. Yes, I’m teasing you with this as I’m not going to inform you what it’s … you’ll have to stay round to seek out out what it’s.

Now earlier than we dive into our chat, I wished to thank Cynthia Coutu who hosts Champagne tasting lessons and networking occasions for girls in Paris, France. I like the area of interest she’s created along with her enterprise, and you’ll find out extra about her occasions at I’ll embrace a hyperlink to her web site within the present notes at

Cynthia wrote this on Facebook: “I’m a proud Canadian residing in France and dealing within the wine business. I get a whole lot of questions on Canadian wines from the French. I simply found this unbelievable podcast episode that does a deep dive into Canada’s wine historical past, financial system, regulatory framework, and so forth. Listen to the podcast from Natalie MacLean, and also you’ll get all of the solutions to your questions.

Well, thank-you a lot Cynthia – you made my week! She’s referring to episode 30 which is all about Canadian wines. In different episodes, we cowl different areas and subjects, however this was a particular one to rejoice Canada Day.

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Plus, I’ve a model new bonus for these of you who submit a assessment beginning immediately. I’ve simply developed my Ultimate Food & Wine Pairing Guide. It’s a fast template masking the key meals matches for purple, white, rose and dessert wines. It’s visually very interesting and I do know you’ll get tons of use from it.

If you need me to ship you a free copy of this Food & Wine Pairing Guide, simply e-mail me at and inform me the place you posted your assessment.

Now on to our unbelievable chat with Mary Ewing Mulligan. Enjoy!


You can even watch the video interview with Mary that features bonus content material and behind-the-scenes questions and solutions that weren’t included on this podcast.


Mary has such terrific wine knowledge! Here are my takeaways from this dialogue:

  1. Mary has that uncommon mixture of maximum experience and sensible humility. It exhibits in how she first thought that the Dummies franchise can be an excellent match for wine, with out having to speak right down to individuals.
  2. I like her tenacity in getting by way of the gruelling Master of Wine program and specializing in her tasting notes to elucidate her pondering, even when she might not have guessed the precise wine appropriately.
  3. She poses some vital questions with how local weather change will impression winemaking and the kinds of wine we take pleasure in.
  4. She’s doing vital work for girls within the wine business, not solely as a task mannequin but additionally along with her wine council initiatives.
  5. I’m adopting her motto: Peace. Community. Wine.

You’ll discover hyperlinks to Mary’s books, web site, social media handles, the Wine Repour gadget she really helpful in addition to Dr. Emile Peynaud’s e book, the Taste of Wine within the present notes at

Did you realize that you could now hearken to this podcast in your sensible speaker? Just say: “Hey Google” or for Amazon’s Echo, use her identify that begins with A … I received’t say it now because it’ll set off your gadget and mine.

So I’ll say Madame A as in “Madam A — play the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast.” I’d love to talk about wine with you whilst you’re doing the dishes, the laundry, having breakfast, lunch or dinner … it’s all the time wine time.

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If you preferred this episode, please inform a pal about it, particularly one who’s within the points that Mary mentioned. My podcast is simple to seek out, whether or not you search Google on its identify Unreserved Wine Talk, or on my identify.

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On subsequent week’s present, I’ll be chatting in regards to the problem of pairing seafood and wine, the actual risks of flying Champagne corks and the brand new pattern of sober curious as just lately reported within the New York Times.

I can’t wait to share extra wine tales with you.

Thank-you for taking the time to hearken to this one. I hope one thing nice is in your glass this week!



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