Meg Houston Maker

Hi, I’m Meg Maker

I’m a writer and artist curious about nature, culture, food, wine, and place.

I write for trade and lifestyle publications, including my own site, Terroir Review. I also mentor other writers and advise groups on content strategy and editorial design. I’ve helped launch four wine publications and served as editor and designer for beverage-focused websites.

I have an ongoing interest in the language of wine and how the established lexicons affect, positively and negatively, wine education, criticism, and marketing. I’ve recently spoken about this topic at industry conferences and seminars, and am actively engaged in dialogue about ways to expand, personalize, and decolonize wine language.

My writing has earned praise in The New York Times and been listed as notable in Best American Travel Writing. I’ve won the Born Digital and Wine Blog awards, and was finalist for an IACP food writing award. My work on wine lexicons has been cited in The Washington Post, SevenFifty Daily, and



I author creative nonfiction, essays, and criticism.

My writing centers on the intersection of nature, culture, and place. I’m active as a wine and food critic and travel globally to meet with winemakers and discover what links them to their land. My research has yielded essays and criticism in international publications as well as on my own award-winning site, Terroir Review. As a wine editor, I’ve helped launch four wine publications and mentored scores of writers.




I help others become better storytellers.

As a consultant, I work with individuals to strengthen their writing and help them craft true and compelling stories. I also work with editorial teams to focus their communications on the ideas that matter most to them and their constituents. I lecture at universities and speak at international conferences about writing, design, narrative strategy, and the editorial experience.



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