Elaine Marshall, Director of Wine Development at Signature Wines, founded the First Street Wine Company in Livermore, California. A former restaurant sommelier, Marshall has over 10 years of experience in the wine industry and is an Advanced Certified Wine Professional of the Culinary Institute of America. A specialist in New World wines, especially Syrah/Shiraz, Marshall has studied extensively the wines of California, Australia, and the Pacific Northwest. Accepted to the Institute of Masters of Wine program in 2006, she tastes hundreds of wines annually. She has served as a wine judge for many California wine competitions. A graduate of the University of California at Davis, she has produced and bottled her own private-label wine for four vintages. Her wine reviews have been published in Diablo Magazine and in various on-line newsletters, including Sunset Magazine.
While no match for the fickle flip of fashion rags like Vogue, nevertheless, wine publications have a tendency to declare a new “wine darling” seemingly every year. From Gruner Veltliner to the rebirth of Riesling, or the rise of Spain to the fall of Australia, wine fashions ebb and flow with the tide of sommelier fancy and corporate marketing. For the last few months, I’ve been noting that more and more publications have been talking about Greece. So, when the “All About Greek Wines” tour (sponsored by thirty-one producers to promote Greek wines in North America) came to San Francisco in April, the time seemed ripe to check out what the latest media starlet had to offer.