Meet our field editors: Michelle Gilkey, wine educator and media specialist

As editor in chief Giancarlo Gariglio likes to point out, one of the things that sets the Slow Wine guide apart from others is the fact that “it tells the grape growers’ and winemakers’ stories.” We make a point of visiting every estate in person in order to better learn and tell those stories. And it wouldn’t be possible without the invaluable help of our contributing “field editors.” Below, please meet field editor Michelle Gilkey, who contributed to this year’s California guide. The Slow Wine 2019 tour begins Monday, March 4 in San Francisco. Click here for tour dates and registration details.

Michelle Gilkey is a dedicated adherent to the Slow philosophy, believing that wine, just as food, is at its best when it is good, clean, and fair. She served on the Board of the Slow Food Santa Cruz chapter as Communications Chair and Vice Chair from 2013-15. She is currently pursuing the Wine Business Management certificate at Sonoma State University and holds the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits with distinction. A marketer and learning product developer by profession, she also consults in the wine industry on marketing, strategy, and technology. She holds a Masters Degree in Technology Entrepreneurship, and is passionate about the use of technology and digital media for the promotion and stewardship of sustainability in the food and wine industries.