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Erin Scala

Erin owns and runs the historic Market Street Wine shop in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is the editor and regular contributor for the Thinking-Drinking blog, and is a freelance wine journalist for various publications, including Wine & Country Living, Wine & Spirits, Knife & Fork magazine, and The C-Ville Weekly. Oh, and she has two hilarious children who can build just about anything out of a wine box. Yes, she loves wine, but it’s copious amounts of coffee that keep it all going!

In past vintages, Erin worked in New York City at several Michelin star restaurants, notably JoJo, PUBLIC, and The Musket Room, where her wine lists won awards and accolades. For half a decade she also ran the wine program at storied Fleurie Restaurant, where she built her ultimate dream wine list, including a map of Beaujolais painted in wine!

Erin also loves the world of audio, and for over 10 years, she was a pioneer of the wine podcast genre with her audio essays and voice work for various podcasts.

Named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 wine professionals to watch, her award winning wine lists have helped shine lights on interesting regions and unique topics, like sustainability, climate change, soil influence, and emerging wine regions. Erin received a James Beard Rhône Rangers Travel Study Grant to study Rhône varieties in California. She competed in the Sommelier Scavenger Hunt to find delicious Pinot Noirs in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Her work in wine has been noted in The Washington Post, Wine Spectator, Garden & Gun, The New York Times, Wine Enthusiast, and she’s been a judge, speaker, and sommelier at various wine events around the world.

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