Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl (born Dara Moskowitz) is a food and wine writer, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1988. She got her start in the world of food as a dishwasher. She graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota 1992. She lives with her husband and two children in Minneapolis.
Originally focusing on fiction writing, Grumdahl won two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, a fellowship from the Loft McKnight foundation, and won the Tamarack Award in 1994.
Her primary outlet for food writing from 1995 to 2008 was in the City Pages, a Minneapolis-St. Paul alternative weekly owned by Village Voice Media. Currently she writes for Minnesota Monthly and is the editor in chief for the national recipe magazine Real Food. She has been nominated for eleven James Beard Awards for both her food and wine writing and has won four times. She has also written for Gourmet Magazine, USA Today, Wine & Spirits, Bon Appetit, and Saveur. Her writing has been included in five editions of Best Food Writing.
Drink This: Wine Made Simple
In her first book on wine, Grumdahl draws on her own experience to aid the reader into better understanding their own tastes and preferences as a guide to exploring the world of wine. The book presents nine parties one can have at home with friends to discover the reader's own taste when it comes to nine major varieties of wine including Zinfandel, Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, and Pinot noir. The book also features some wine history and economics of the industry as well as interviews from some of the world’s most renowned critics, winemakers, and chefs, including Robert M. Parker, Jr., Paul Draper, and Thomas Keller. Drink This: Wine Made Simple is scheduled for release on November 24, 2009 on Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House).
- Moskowitz Grumdahl, Dara, City Pages (January 28, 2008). Dara departs, and leaves a memoir in her wake
- Moskowitz Grumdahl, Dara, Minnesota Monthly (June 2009). The Doughnut Gatherer
- greenspring.com Minnesota Monthly Welcomes Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl to Staff
- "Drink This: Wine Made Simple". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- "Drink This by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl". Random House. Retrieved 2009-09-16.