Mary Ewing-Mulligan

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Mary Ewing-Mulligan is an American author, wine educator and Master of Wine,[1] the first American woman to achieve this accreditation.[2][3][4][5][6] She has been the director of the school International Wine Center since 1984, and is executive director of the U.S. programs for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. She is also a freelance journalist of wine articles to various publications, and the co-author of several wine books in the For Dummies series.


Ewing-Mulligan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 with an English major, followed by various positions with the Italian Trade Commission in Philadelphia and later in Manhattan.[3] In 1984 she joined the International Wine Center, a school founded by Albert L. Hotchkin Jr. in 1982.[7] In 1988, Ewing-Mulligan began the preparatory Master of Wine program. She passed the theoretical exam in 1990 on the second attempt, and the blind-tasting exam on the fifth attempt in 1993.[3][5] In 1997, Ewing-Mulligan bought Hotchkin's shares in the International Wine Center.[7] The IWC is esteemed among the U.S. leading wine schools.[8]

Ewing-Mulligan is a columnist for Wine Review Online and has previously served as wine columnist for The New York Daily News and wine correspondent on the radio program The Splendid Table.[2] She has also contributed articles to publications such as Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Gourmet, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast Magazine and Wine & Spirit.

Her books, co-authored with her husband Ed McCarthy, include Wine Style: Using Your Senses to Explore and Enjoy Wine and several publications in the For Dummies series, including Wine For Dummies,[3][4] Red Wine For Dummies, White Wine For Dummies,[9] French Wine For Dummies, Italian Wine For Dummies and California Wine For Dummies.[10]

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  1. ^, Masters of Wine, Mary Ewing-Mulligan profile Archived 2010-09-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Matasar, Ann B. (2006). Women of wine: the rise of women in the global wine industry. University of California Press. p. 130. ISBN 0-520-24051-0
  3. ^ a b c d Goldberg, Howard G., The New York Times (June 16, 1996). Master of Wine Tries to Make It Simple: 'Wine for Dummies'
  4. ^ a b Feiring, Alice, Time (April 03, 2006). Of Wine and Women
  5. ^ a b McLean, Bethany, (May 31, 2004). Grape Nuts There are plonk drinkers. There are oenophiles. And then there are the expert few who have earned the title Master of Wine
  6. ^ Hall of Fame inductees 2009
  7. ^ a b Goldberg, Howard G., The New York Times (February 7, 2003). A.L. Hotchkin Jr., 59, a Fixture Of the Wine Scene in New York
  8. ^ Steinberg, Mike, Slate (October 7, 2005). A magazine for lady winos
  9. ^ Prial, Frank J. The New York Times (December 11, 1996). Wine Talk
  10. ^ Goldberg, Howard G., The New York Times (May 15, 2009). A Smart Guide to California

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