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Enobytes (“Eno” – short for Enology: a science that deals with wine and wine making, & bytes: A unit of digital information) has been around since 1996.
Back then, founders Marc Hinton and Pamela Heiligenthal provided consulting services for the wine and restaurant industry in the San Francisco area. Since then, the company has evolved radically.
In 2001, they registered the Enobytes domain and began designing the site, then in 2006, the online version of Enobytes.com emerged. They expanded services to educate and share their passion and knowledge of wine and food with readers across the globe. Today, thousands of readers and millions of hits from over a hundred countries visit Enobytes.com each month.
In addition to writing and tasting for Enobytes.com, Pamela and Marc also contribute as wine bloggers for OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes), About Face Magazine, and appear on Portland’s “Vine Time” on News Radio 750 KXL and on California’s Central Coast “From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass” on KUHL-AM 1410.
Enobytes vision is simple: to promote an exchange of ideas that benefit professionals and enthusiasts alike. If you are looking for wine reviews, wine maps, vintage charts and ramblings about the wine & restaurant industry, you’ve come to the right place. Enobytes considers their publication as an alternative to mainstream wine periodicals with an emphasis on bridging the gap between consumers and wine industry professionals.
Some of the features that set Enobytes apart from other wine publications is innovation. Enobytes built the first wine region maps using Google Earth technology and they were the first to publish reviews with alcohol by volume (ABV) specifications. In turn, major publications like SF Gate and Decanter followed suit.
Enobytes was also first to expel speed tasting, advocating for a more fair evaluation, tasting one bottle at a time (with food!); no other publication can make this claim. Enobytes also lead the industry to take written wine reviews to a more visual element through graphics and design. Here are a few examples of some of their earlier works and some of their later works.
We are also the pioneers that created Twitter hashtags #saturdaysips, #sundaysips and the first Twitter wine trivia game, #VinQ.
Pamela Heiligenthal is Enobytes co-founder and food pairing fanatic. She is a down to earth person who asks controversial questions no one else dares to ask. Science and engineering is what she was trained for, but reporting and investigating comes second nature.
She spent many years working in the wine industry as a sommelier and restaurant manager in Boston and San Francisco navigating the intricacies of the hospitality industry. She was quite impressionable back then but probably too young to realize the greatness that encircled her, hobnobbing with those she reveres, André Tchelistcheff and Leonardo di Cassio. In ’96, she passed Level I Master Sommelier certification.
Thanks to a dear old friend, she began judging for a number of wine competitions. According to a panel member, she was the youngest member ever to sit on the San Francisco International Wine Competition, but she is not sure how accurate this information is, so don’t quote her on it!
Judging wines alongside wine personalities such as Dan Berger, Anthony Dias Blue, Alan Goldfarb, Frank Prial and Wilfred Wong at such a young age was a highlight in her early career. She has certification through Center for Wine Origins Wine Location Specialist (WLS) program in Champagne and Port and is a certified Spanish Wine Educator. She tastes without bias, meaning she does not review wines based on personal taste. Rather, she judges a wine on its own merits.
In ’96, Enobytes was born as a wine consulting company in San Francisco. She spent many years focusing on her business before accepting an engineering position at Boeing. After a nine year stint, she worked worked at Nike as a mobile architect/director, then transitioned to an analyst position at Forrester Research before making her way back to Nike as a security architect. She also balances her day job as Nike’s first Sommelier and blogs about mobility and technology on her personal blog, mobility-squared.
Committed to celebrating hospitality with pride, Marc Hinton is a freelance writer and editor-at-large for the online wine publication Enobytes.com and the author of “A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: From Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy.”
Marc is a regular contributor at About Face Magazine and is often quoted by news outlets like the San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma News Tribune and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on Portland’s “Vine Time” on News Radio 750 KXL and on California’s Central Coast “From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass” on KUHL-AM 1410. Follow Marc on OregonLive.com with his unique and engaging Wine Bytes column in his relentless quest for finding the ultimate food and wine experience.
Based in Beijing, Edward Ragg reports on the ever changing and developing wine industry in China and abroad. Edward Ragg is co-founder, with his wife Fongyee Walker, of Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, Beijing’s first independent wine consulting company. A former Captain of the Cambridge University Blind-Wine Tasting Team, he has judged at the International Wine Challenge and Shanghai International Wine Challenge. Ragg holds the WSET Advanced Certificate and Introductory Sommelier Certificate from The Court of Master Sommeliers but he is returning to wine school and listens attentively to Fongyee, mainland China’s only Master of Wine candidate.
Ragg is also a writer. His poetry was most recently collected in Carcarnet Press’s New Poetries IV anthologyand he has published poems in PN Review, Critical Quarterly, Agenda, Seam, The New Writer and California Press’s Gastronomica magazine. He completed a Ph.D. on the work of Wallace Stevens at Cambridge in 2005 and was subsequently a Research Fellow at The Rothermere American Institute, Oxford. He recently co-edited and contributed to Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic (London: Palgrave, 2008) and will shortly publish his own study of Stevens. He still teaches a class in literature at Tsinghua University, Beijing and is preparing a first book of poetry.
Ragg now writes extensively about wine as guest blogger for Catavino and Visit Vineyards as well serving as a wine columnist for The Beijinger, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, The Financial Times’s FT Rui magazine and China’s top financial newspaper Caijing Ribao. With Fongyee Walker, he is co-author of the Dragon Phoenix Wine Blog, but still has much to learn about Wine Web 2.0. His brother, Michael Ragg, is MD of the Burgundian négociant éleveur Mischief & Mayhem.
Jeffrey Lamy (1938-2014) – Master of Science, Winery Consultant, Economist and Author. Jeffrey is a 1960 Yale graduate in Industrial Administration and Mechanical Engineering. Later he added an MS in Business. As it is with many second-career winemakers these days, his wine education was gained from short courses and technical visits to U.S. and European wineries. From 1982 to 1992, he planned, built and ran a 400+ acre operation for a wealthy lumber family, serving as its general manager and chief winemaker. His wines won more awards than any other Oregon winery. After returning to full-time consulting, he designed more than 400 vineyards, designed a dozen wineries and directed the winemaking for six. To Enobytes.com, Jeff brings extensive knowledge in the technologies of grape growing and winemaking, experience in many regions, and keen insights of the entire business enterprise. He has written a book on management of the winemaking business, which is expected to be in print soon.
Randall Grahm, Winemaker & Innovator. Enobytes Vino Exchange Forum contributor.
Clark Smith, Winemaker & Innovator. Enobytes Vino Exchange Forum contributor.
Joe Dobbes, Proprietor & Winemaker. Enobytes Vino Exchange Forum contributor.
Eric Guerra, Founder, Eric Guerra Wines. Enobytes guest contributor.
Craig Camp, Distributor, importer and producer. Enobytes Vino Exchange Forum contributor.
Mark Storer, Writer and reporter. Enobytes contributor.