Stacy Slinkard

Stacy Slinkard is a wine expert who writes, edits, and educates on the subject. She is the author of a beginner's guide to wine and has published several magazine and online articles, including on and The Daily Meal.


  • Freelance writer on wine and wine making since 2005
  • Author of the book "Idiots Guides: Wine"
  • Holds the advanced Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award showing expertise in understanding grape growing and wine making
  • Wine consultant for wine education and cellar management since 2005


Stacy Slinkard is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles for more than 11 years. By combining her enthusiasm for travel with her vineyard affections, Stacy has had the privilege of surveying many Old World and New World wine regions, while sipping and sampling from a myriad of fine wines both domestically and internationally. Whether it's freelance wine writing or cellar management, wine procurement or teaching wine education classes, working at wine festivals or coordinating professional wine tastings, Stacy strives to utilize her wine industry experience to usher in a light-hearted emphasis on wine selection, education, and enjoyment, while imparting key tips for appreciating and entertaining with wine.


Stacy holds an advanced Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award, which shows a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. She has a master's degree in public health, which lends itself to interpreting both the science and the art of wine, and the health impacts as well. She strives to stay up to date on the latest developments in the wine industry, so she can write on a wide range of topics related to selecting and drinking wine, regional wine profiles, and the science behind wine making.

Awards and Publications

Published in 2013, "Idiots Guides: Wine" is a book for beginners on discerning everything from grape varieties to the how-tos of buying, storing, and tasting wine, selecting glassware, food pairing protocol, and wine region overviews.

Stacy has published articles on wine varietals and regions in The New York Times, The Daily Meal, Epicurean Charlotte, Wine Folly, and

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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