Nicole MacKay

Wine Writer, Consultant, Judge – WSET 3

Nicole MacKay

Nicole MacKay is a Calgary-based freelance wine writer and digital marketing specialist with a tenacious passion for wine, food and travel. She’s enthusiast, detail-focused and has more than a decade of wine industry experience. Her background has given her opportunity to work on brand launches and marketing campaigns on both a regional and national level.

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.

Education: Nicole holds her Level 3 Award from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and is currently pursuing the Spanish Wine Scholar accreditation through the Wine Scholar Guild

Publications: Wine Enthusiast, SOMM TV, VinePair, TASTE for BC Liquor Stores, Savour Calgary, The Quarterly Pour, Culinaire, Avenue Calgary, Nuvo. 

Judging: Made in Alberta Awards 2020 (drinks category).

Skills: journalism, content creation, copywriting, copyediting, WordPress, social media, email marketing, Mailchimp, ConverKit, SEO implementation, deadline-driven project management, cellar management. 

Career Highlight: Walking the underground cellars of Pol Roger Champagne. During our visit, they gifted my husband and I bottle of the 2002 Vintage Brut which we still have.

For a more in-depth dive, check out 36 Things About Me On My Birthday.


  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Travel Reviews
  • Food/Restaurant Reviews
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Contests & Giveaways
  • Guest Posts

Please email for a full media kit.