About Michelle

Based in Dallas, Michelle Williams is an award-winning freelance writer of wine, food, and travel. She is one of the 15 Most Influential People in Wine, and globally acknowledged as one of the “10 Best Wine Accounts to Follow.” Her work appears in numerous digital and print publications, including Forbes, Snooth, Planet of the Grapes, The Daily Meal, USA Today’s 10Best Eat, Sip, Trip, Hook & Barrel Magazine, Palate Press, Basil & Salt Magazine, and Rockin Red Blog. She is also a wine educator and judge. As a passionate wine lover, Michelle travels extensively to wine regions around the globe in search of the story inside the glass. She holds a WSET Advanced certification and is the Texas Ambassador for Franciacorta.

Freelance Clips


Is Wine Sexy in America? A Look Back at Vintage Wine AdvertisementsSnooth, Fall 2015

A Different Way to Think About Pink Wine: Discover Oak Aged Provençal RosésSnooth, February 10, 2017

This Premium Cabernet Category Should Be On Your RadarSnooth, March 7, 2017

There is Another Side to Sangiovese Wines: Look Beyond Tuscany to the Hills of RomagnaSnooth, March 31, 2017

 Vintage Update: Bordeaux 2015Snooth, April 28, 2017 

Ribera y Rueda: A Tale of Two Wines, Snooth, May 16, 2017

It’s Time to Rethink Cava, Snooth, August 2017

The Real Scoop on Greek Wines, Snooth, Sept 2017

A Sicilian Wine Renaissance, Snooth, Oct 2017

Drink Port for Warmth This Winter, Snooth, Jan 2018

Chile’s Terroir-Driven Wines are Shifting the Narrative, Snooth April 2018

A Vintage Success Story (To Everyone’s Surprise), Snooth, June 2018

Napa Valley History in a Glass, Snooth, August 2018

The Daily Meal

Host a Game Winning Football Watching Party with These Delicious Food and Wine PairingsThe Daily Meal, August 26, 2016

5 Frightfully Good Wines to Celebrate HalloweenThe Daily Meal, October 17, 2016

Fall for Zinfandel: 6 California Zinfandels to Meet Your Fall Food Pairing NeedsThe Daily Meal, November 2, 2016

A Guide to the Perfect Thanksgiving Food and Wine PairingsThe Daily Meal, November 13, 2016

Why You Must Be Drinking Port this Holiday SeasonThe Daily Meal, November 30, 2016

Make Your Holidays Sparkle, Italian StyleThe Daily Meal, December 13, 2016 

The Perfect Wine to Pair with Friday Night Pizza, The Daily Meal, November 4, 2017

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Meal Requires Oregon Wine, The Daily Meal, November 15, 2017

Carmenère: A Look at Chile’s Signature Grape, The Daily Meal, November 17, 2017

I’m Dreaming of an Italian Christmas, The Daily Meal, December 14, 2017

Every Celebration Starts with Champagne, The Daily Meal, December 26, 2017

You Should be Drinking Gewurztraminer from Alsace, The Daily Meal, January 3, 2018

La Rioja’s Wine Revolution, The Daily Meal, January 31, 2018

Hidden in Plain Sight, The Daily Meal, May 15, 2018

Heading to Napa? Make Conn Creek Your First Stop, The Daily Meal, June 28, 2018

USA Today’s 10Best Eat Sip Trip

You Can Now Eat at Napa Wineries for the First Time in Almost 20 Years, USA Today’s 10Best Eat, Sip, Trip, August 2018

Basil and salt Magazine

Destination Dining: Gateway to Global Cuisine and British Classics, Basil & Salt, Fall 2017 (PDF available upon request)

Women of Willamette Valley, Basil & Salt, Fall 2017 (PDF available upon request)

Great Endings: The Perfect Holiday Dessert and Wine Pairings, Basil & Salt, Winter 2017 (PDF available upon request)

Food Wine TRavel Magazine



Journey Through Fire: Stories from California, Palate Press, October 2017

Plano Profile Magazine – print

You Should Be Drinking Texas WinePlano Profile Magazine, October 2016

Book Review: A Perfect ScorePlano Profile Magazine, December 2016

Casa Life Magazine – print

Open Your Eyes to Sicily (pdf available upon request)

Which Winery

Celebrate National Chili Month with Great Wines & Delicious ChiliWhich Winery, October 2016

binNotes | redThread™

Guest Wine Writer Series | № 13 | Michelle Williams | Rioja Alavesa, ES


Top 15 Most Influential Wine Blogs in the USA via Beverage Trade Network

Top 20 Most Influential People in Wine Industry in the USA via Beverage Trade Network

Top 100 Most Influential Blogger via Exel Wines UK

Top 90 Wine Blogs 2018 via Amsterdam Diary

Millesima Blog Awards 2016 Winner in category Bordeaux Wine Travel

Top 20 Wine Influencers via Social Vignerons

Top 100 Wine Blogs via Feedspot


WSET Level 3 Advanced


“Strategically Utilizing US Wine Bloggers to Promote Wine and Wine Regions,” presented at Vinisud 2016, and in Rioja Alavesa at a conference titled, “Challenges of winemaking: Survival and Evolution,” organized by Gerente de la Asociación de Bodegas de Rioja Alavesa (ABRA).


International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association


Franciacorta Texas Brand Ambassador 


  1. What a wonderful intro to you and your blog. Besides, I need to let you know that the holiday delivery successfully arrived in the Cincinnati area. Thank you … and will report later … meanwhile, I will also return visit here (but today and tomorrow are a bit crazy).

    • Thank you. I am so glad you like my blog and I certainly hope you enjoy the wine. My daughter is a Freshman at OSU so I am becoming familiar with your state. We drove through Cincinnati twice taking her to college in August; nice city! Enjoy your holiday season; hope the wine is a nice addition. Cheers.

      • I’ll explore the blog more at a later time, but I can tell that there will be posts here that interest me. Here’s an idea for your daughter. Burnett Ridge is a Cincinnati winery that primarily uses California grapes. Very good … I highly recommend Purple Trillium and Three Kings. She may be able to find it in Columbus … besides, she may know someone from Cincinnati who can get it for her to get to Mom!

      • Hey Michelle, nice blog! So daughter goes to OSU in Mansfield OH, nice state been there many times when kids were young Cedar Point.

      • Thanks Sam. My daughter actually left the great state of Ohio after her freshman year. She loved OSU but was not finding herself academically challenged. She is back home in the great state of TX attending University of Texas getting what she wished for. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words. Cheers!

  2. Michelle, seeing as you are so knowledgeable about wine (I came by you via The Drunken Cyclist) and a former nutritionist, I have a question. I started having migraines in college back in the 80s and saw a specialist. He said my migraines were caused by “trigger foods” one of them being red wine. (I had to keep a food log diary.) He said the tannins in it could produce the allergy to give me the migraine. (There were other foods on the list, such as shrimp, chocolate, and strawberries. My gosh, I was a horrible date for that back then!) So my question is, I heard the good quality red wines don’t have that tannin allergy issue and it would be safe for me to drink. Is that true?

    • I am sorry for your food allergy. I do not know much about red wine tannins resulting in allergies for some people other than it does happen. Interestingly enough as I understand it those who are allergic to red wine tannins tend to be allergic to chocolate as well. I have never heard that higher quality red wines do not result in tannin allergies. It may be true I am just unaware of it. Have you done any reading on the subject? If you are limited to white only I recommend Rieslings because they are beautiful wines that pair with just about everything. Another white I enjoy is Torrontes. However, I am sorry I am not more help regarding your allergy. I enjoy reading your blog; I subscribed many months ago and read it regularly. If I come across any info to help you with your allergy I will definitely pass it on.

      • Thank you Michelle! Well I’ll just stick with the Rieslings and such for now. I just don’t have time to research because we don’t drink a lot of wine, but I do like to have a NICE glass of it here and again. And you know what, I sneeze every time I have anything with chocolate in it. Allergies are strange. Thank you for your reply. 🙂

  3. You are so welcome. As I come across information I will certainly pass it on to you. I understand you wanting a nice red from time to time; however, Rieslings are some of the best wines in the world. Cheers!

  4. Love your words “I hear a song in every glass of wine”! I am glad I found your blog I love wine but would like to learn the story behind wines and wine drinking. Cheers to that 🙂

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