Debbie Gioquindo, CTC(Certified Travel Counselor), CSW(Certified Specialist of Wine), WLS (Wine Location Specialist) grew up and raised her family in the Hudson Valley. She began her wine blog "Hudson Valley Wine Goddess
" in 2006 with the intent to educate people about wine.
Debbie combined her love of wine and marketing and began consulting with the Shawangunk Wine Trail and later was responsible for the regional branding initiative and launch of “Hudson Valley Wine Country.”
Wanting more and to give credibility to her blog, in 2010 she sat and passed the Certified Specialist of Wine exam administered by the Society of Wine Educators and in January 2012 she passed the Centers of Wine Origins, Wine Location Specialist exam in Port and Champagne.
In addition to her blog, Debbie is chairperson for the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition and consults on social media to small businesses. In 2015 she was ranked #38 of the most influential wine bloggers by Excel Wines in the UK.