Nicole MacKay

writer, editor, judge,
foodie, and traveller

Writing Portfolio

Recent Highlights


Auction Lot 288 Spotlights Champagne’s Most Important Ingredient: Time


The Inspiring Female Force Behind Ca’ del Bosco


Editor Picks: 6 Syrah from Walla Walla Valley


BC Sunshine in a Bottle


We Asked 8 Sommeliers: What’s Your Go-To Bargain Chardonnay?


10 Most Common Types of Soil for Growing Wine Grapes


zingy vino article

Zingy Vino: Exploring High Acidity Wines from Around the Globe

Wine Enthusiast

Wineries Want to Replicate Champagne’s Underground Wine Caves. But Should They?

Social Sips Blog

Meet Nicole

Nicole is the Managing Editor of the SOMM TV Online Magazine, freelance wine writer and consultant. Based in Calgary, Alberta, she’s a Spanish Wine Scholar and holds her Level 3 from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

As a freelance writer, personal wine buyer and cellar manager, Nicole strives to ensure people with any level of wine knowledge feel comfortable and included.

She uses her voice to inform and educate in a way that’s entertaining and approachable for all wine lovers.


Consulting Sevices

Need a wine pro in your life? Whether you need help stocking your wine fridge, building a collection, picking the perfect bottles to serve at a wedding or a dinner party, or simply need help buying the perfect wine gift – Nicole has you covered.

Whatever you’re looking for and catered to your tastes, having a wine pro in your life ensure the best bottles are on your table – and they’re only an email away.

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