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Tastings Panelist - Cindy Rynning
Cindy Rynning
Grape Experiences
Wine Writer
Cindy Rynning has been writing about wine on her award-winning wine blog, Grape Experiences (one of Feedspot’s 2019 Best 100 Wine Blogs), since 2011. She passed the Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) Level 3 program with Merit in 2012. Cindy is based in Chicago, Illinois and attends international and national trade tastings and media events, meets and interviews winemakers and others who share their stories, and writes about tastings, food and wine pairings, wine travels, and more.

She has written for a variety of print and digital publications including Crave Local, Wine Tourist Magazine, and the wine club newsletter of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. Cindy continues to write for Wine Traveler and Drizly on their online sites. Currently, Cindy is a Top Shelf Blogger for Drizly and received a Drizly Blogger Award as Best Wine Blog - 2017. Cindy’s site was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Wine Blogs in the world in 2015 and as the Lux International Magazine Best Wine Blog – US in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Cindy travels extensively to wine regions around the world as a tourist and/or press trip participant. A former educator, Cindy understands the value of lifelong learning and strives to share her knowledge of wine through writing, social media, personal wine tastings, and real-life conversation in order to inform, entertain, and inspire others to discover the beauty of our favorite beverage: wine.
For more about Cindy visit her website at grape-experiences.com.