Debbie Gioquindo, CTC,CSW, WLS is a marketing professional by day following her passion for wine and travel. Those initials after her name are all certifications she earned following these passions. CTC – Certified Travel Counselor, CSW – Certified Specialist of Wine, WLS – Wine Location Specialist
Through following her passion for wine she began a wine blog “Hudson Valley Wine Goddess” with the intent to educate people about wine, that soon led to focus part of her blog on educating people about the Hudson Valley Wine Region, her home.
Debbie’s background is in marketing as she has worked for a local TV and radio station, owns a travel agency (one that focuses on sending people to the wine regions of the world) has worked as a wine marketing consultant to the wineries in the Hudson Valley and a regional health insurance company doing community relations and social media marketing until being downsized in February 2011.
After being downsized from her day job (because you need a day job, to support your wine habit) February 2011, she answered a tweet from @TheHappyBitch (Keryl Pesce) about creating a wine label. Three tweets and 6 months later Debbie and Keryl launched Happy Bitch Wines.
Today Debbie consults with wineries and small business on marketing and with an emphasis on social media as well as conducts wine education and tasting seminars. Debbie is also the chairperson of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition that is held every year at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival.