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 family in Minneapolis and is a senior writer for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
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 a column and feature stories for Mpls.St.Paul magazine. She has been nominated for eleven James Beard Awards for both her food and wine writing and has won five 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 was released on November 24, 2009 by Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House).