Awards & Press

Writing awards, honors, and mentions

Meg Houston Maker Press and Awards


Meg’s journalism has won praise from the New York Times, The Daily BeastBrain Pickings, BuzzFeed, and other commentators.

“Everything you always wanted to know about knowing wine without sounding pretentious.”

—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings


“Wine writing is such a serious business, isn’t it? Yet under that dour veneer, Meg Houston Maker finds its inner Shecky Greene.”

—Eric Asimov, The New York Times


“Meg Houston Maker delves deeply into the issue of whether wine labels should list the ingredients that went into the production of the wine.”

—Eric Asimov, The New York Times


“Five good reasons from Meg Houston Maker to fall in love with Austrian red wines faster than you can say blaufränkisch.”

— Eric Asimov, The New York Times


“Wine lovers who are addicted to ambling armchair reads that gracefully take them through lovely landscapes and enviable meals might browse ‘A Trip to the Rhône,’ in two parts, by Meg Houston Maker.”

—Howard G. Goldberg, The New York Times


“Meg Houston Maker’s ‘Maker’s Table’ blog… is riddled with detailed tasting notes, suggested retail pricing and all-around exceptional writing. You’ll leave this blog with a real sense of the stories behind the wines Meg reviews.”

—Jonathan Cristaldi, SOMM Journal and Napa Valley Wine Academy


“Meg is a writer’s writer with a head on her shoulders.”

—Clinton Stark, Stark Insider


“Meg is a very fine writer, a true lover of words and she edited my work with intelligence, respect, and sensitivity. Working with her was a pleasure!”

—Dorothy J. Gaiter, wine writer and author


“Meg Maker may be the most impressive writer dabbling in wine blogging… smart, poised, driven, and talented. I knew about the talented part before the conference but hadn’t witnessed the poised, smart, and driven part. And she was all over the conference as a panelist, moderator, speaker, and award-winner. Look for many more great things from Ms. Meg Maker.”

—Tom Wark, Fermentation


“Meg has the ability to taste with precision and understanding. As a member of the VineSleuth/Wine4.Me Wine Evaluation Team, Meg participates in regular sensory evaluation of the wines submitted to our application database… Each VineSleuth evaluator must repeat her assessments at a rate of 90% or higher when re-evaluating a wine… All of this means that Meg truly has a rock star palate.”

—Amy C. Anderson Gross, entrepreneur and founder, VineSleuth/Wine4.Me


“Meg Houston Maker is a brilliant, creative, and dedicated individual. Her communication skills are unmatched. She approaches every opportunity with verve. Meg worked as Palate Press’ Executive Editor and imbued the magazine with focus, direction, and professionalism.”

—David Honig, Palate Press


“…in Serious Eats, Meg Houston Maker offers the best guide yet on cheese and wine pairing.”

—David White, author and founder of Terroirist

Awards & Influence

Winner, Best Writing 2015—Wine Blog Awards
Finalist, Best Writing 2016, 2013 and Blog Post of the Year 2016, 2015, 2012—Wine Blog Awards
Third Place, Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story 2017—Born Digital Wine Awards
Editor’s Choice Fellowship 2017—Symposium for Professional Wine Writers
Favorite Wine News Blog 2014—Millésima Awards
Top Wine Gurus on Twitter—Vincarta
Top 10 Wine Experts on Twitter—MyMediaInfo
Top 20 Wine Influencers—Social Vignerons
Top 20 Wine Influencers—The Wine Hub
The 100 Most Influential Wine People on Social Media—Wine Wankers
The 103 Best Wine Blogs That You Can’t Miss—Wine Turtle
Noteworthy Wine Blogs—Stark Insider
Featured Wine Blog—Foodista
Nicholas Byam Shaw Thesis Excellence Award for Creative Writing—Dartmouth College
Adelbert Ames Fine Arts Award—Dartmouth College


Q&A With A Wine Influencer: Who is Meg Houston Maker?—Social Vignerons
Women in Wine Fridays: Meet Meg Houston Maker of—Avvinare
Meg Houston Maker Shares the Pleasures of the Table on Her Blog, “Maker’s Table”—VinVillage Radio
How to Make the Wine Industry More Sustainable—The Bloggers’-eye View—Tetrapak

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Meg Houston Maker is available for freelance assignments, plus teaching, speaking, and mentoring engagements.

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