I'm a wine educator based in North Carolina. Currently, I'm an instructor at The Chef's Academy, an accredited culinary college based in Morrisville. I also own and operate The Clever Vine, a wine consulting service that focuses on education, as well as other unique wine needs.
My background is in education; I'm a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and I hold a master's degree in teaching, also from UNC-Chapel Hill. My love for wine developed while I was a high school English teacher, a profession that I loved, but ultimately decided to leave in order to pursue a full-time career in wine.
My first real wine job was at a charming little wine shop in Chapel Hill, and the pleasure of helping others learn about and enjoy wine pushed me to move to New York City. There, I worked in the wine department and managed the cellars at Balthazar, and later worked in importing and distributing. I also began intense study at the International Wine Center in Manhattan, working my way through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust's many rigorous certifications. I first earned the Intermediate and Advanced Certificates with Distinction, and in 2011, I completed the WSET Diploma with Merit. The program challenged me with blind tasting, detailed tasting notes, and in depth essays, but ultimately rewarded me with a better understanding and appreciation for wines and spirits around the world.
Soon after completing the Diploma program, I was awarded the Wine Australia Scholarship as the USA's top-scoring graduate in 2011. The award included a travel trip to Australia with 4 other top-scorers from around the world, and it proved to be one of the most exciting and informative wine trips of my life. Our journey began in Sydney and ended in Perth, and along the way we met incredible winemakers and tasted some outstanding wines.
Part of what I enjoy most about working with wine is that it encompasses so many different subjects - history, geography, geology, chemistry, literature, and much, much more. The study of wine forces you to understand it as a business, but more than often, wine-lovers find themselves wrapped up in its romance.
I am passionate about wine education on every level, largely due to the fact that I have had so many amazing teachers throughout my journey with wine. I teach wine courses ranging from basic to advanced at local wine shops, and I have been a guest speaker at events centering around organic and sustainable wines. I have found that at any level of expertise, you always learn something new, and I am excited to continue contributing to wine education as part of the Mentors Program at Snooth.com.
Mary Margaret McCamic, DWS
- Reply by EMark, May 5, 2012.
Very pleased to meet you Mary Margaret. I have to say the short bio you composed is very interesting. I look forward to learning from your contributions. Included in that anticipation is a desire to hear more about the winemaking scene in your geography.
- Reply by JonDerry, May 6, 2012.
Welcome aboard Margaret, looking forward to what's in store with the Mentors program.
- Reply by Mary Margaret McCamic, May 6, 2012.
Thanks! I'm looking forward to it, too.