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Maria Ross is a wine lover who knows enough to be dangerous but not enough to stop learning from experienced sommeliers and vintners. She first sampled wine at big Italian family holidays and worked her way up from White Zinfandels to robust Cabernets and everything in between by traipsing through Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, and any vineyard she can get her hands on. Recently transplanted from San Francisco to Seattle, she can be seen out and about sipping and smiling as she experiments with Washington wine. Maria runs Red Slice, a branding and marketing agency that helps wine-related businesses tell their unique story and attract new loyalists. Maria is also a local actress and freelance writer who has written winery and food reviews for San Francisco Downtown and Dining Out SF.

If there’s a wine you have a hankering to learn about or anything else that strikes your fancy, please drop her an email at maria@red-slice.com.

Maria Ross Thinks:

A fair restaurant corkage fee is: 


A tell-tale sign of a wine snob is: 

Someone who chooses the most expensive wine on the menu without really looking. Actually, that's more ignorance than snobbery. Also people who mock other people's preferences for wine. Any wine you enjoy is a good wine, in my definition.

The wine region I most want to visit: 


My "wish list" of wines I want to acquire soon: 

I don't really have one. I find new wines to covet every day.

My biggest wine pet peeve: 

People who assume I know every wine on the wine list just because I write wine articles. It's about experimentation and asking questions, people!

My favorite wine quote: 

In Vino Veritas (In wine, there is truth)

My dream wine to one day taste or own: 

I don't know. There are so many wonderful wines out there waiting to be explored.

The best wines I have ever tasted: 

Silve Oak Cab, Dry Creek Old Vines Zinfandel, Franciscan Magnificat, Mt. Veeder Cab, Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir, Des Voignes Cellar's Untitled and many more that were so good, I can't remember the name, if you know what I mean.

The people with whom I most often enjoy wine: 

My husband, my SF gals (they know who they are), Guy & Barb, Carrie & Monty and my brothers. And anyone else who has a love for life, good food, and witty conversation.

The last wine I had that I absolutely loved: 

A Petite Rouge from the Valle d'Aosta region of NE Italy. Mmmmm.

What I think of the movie Sideways: 

Overrated and I was annoyed that people thought I started liking Pinot Noir only because of that movie when I had loved it for years. Also, not sure why Merlot got such a bad rap. But I love Paul Giammati!

My thoughts on the 100 point rating scale made famous by Robert Parker and emulated by seemingly everyone: 

I know things in the 90's are good, but I don't really follow it. I prefer to count on the sommelier or word of mouth. But if I see a wine has gotten a certain point value, that might be put me over the edge when making a decision.

My wine travels have taken me to the following wine regions: 

Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, Woodinville...I mostly learn about global wines from great restaurants and wine bars in SF, Seattle, NY, Vegas, etc. Hoping to get to Rioja and Montepulciano soon.

Maria Ross's Tasting Notes

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