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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 2006, the online version of Enobytes.com emerged as we expanded our services to educate and share our passion and knowledge of wine and food with our readers across the globe. Today, thousands of readers and a half a million hits from 95 foreign countries visit Enobytes.com each month.


Our 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. We consider our publication an alternative to mainstream wine periodicals with an emphasis on bridging the gap between consumers and wine industry professionals.

Features that set us apart:

Some of our features that set us apart from other wine publications is that we enjoy innovation and taking it to the next level of awesomeness. We’ve pioneered many interesting creations. We created the first wine region maps using Google Earth technology.  We lead the pack to include alcohol by volume (ABV) in our wine reviews.  In turn, major publications such as SF Gate and Decanter followed our lead.  We also lead the industry to take written form to visual wine reviews through graphics and design. Here are a few examples of some of our earlier works and some of our later works.

Bottom line? Our techniques and innovations often lead to opportunities for enthusiasts to learn, engage and exchange ideas with wine industry leaders and  professionals, which often fosters wine industry growth. We are about connecting the dots…imagining the unexpected connections…which lead to ideas and possibilities that take us to the next level of awesomeness.

In addition to writing and tasting for Enobytes.com, Pamela and Marc also contribute as wine bloggers for OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and has 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.

Our Contributors:

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.

In ’96, Enobytes was born as a wine consulting company in San Francisco. She spent many years focusing on her business. In ‘01, she had to make a tough decision either to continue consulting or to accept an engineering position at Boeing. Her love for flying swayed her to the later. Nine years later, Nike courted her to come aboard as a Computing Architect. She is in a good place right now, dreaming big, and balancing her life as a Forrester analyst and technology writer of  mobility-squared (by day) and as Enobytes co-founder and journalist (by night). The dot.com version of Enobytes surfaced in 2005, with a vision to share everything we have learned over the last twenty + years. Recently, she completed the specialized Champagne and Port certification through the Center for Wine Origins Wine Location Specialist (WLS) program and the certified Spanish Wine Educator (SWE) program.

She gets excited about the Loire, Burgundy, Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône, Champagne, Paso Robles, Spain and New Zealand but her enthusiasm for regions changes the moment she tastes something that inspires creativity. She tastes without bias, meaning she does not review wines based on personal taste. Rather, she judges a wine on its own merits.

Someday she would be proud to claim the Master Sommelier title, but she recognizes the more she learns, the less she knows. For now, she is happy to traverse the never-ending wine journey learning through trial and error. She welcomes her readers to join her in the voyage.

Marc Hinton is Enobytes co-founder. He has over thirty years experience in the food & wine industry and is committed to “Celebrating Hospitality with Pride”. Beginning his culinary journey in Memphis as a dishwasher drinking straw basket Chianti, he has worked as an Executive Chef in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco where he switched to working at wineries and distributors in Sales and Marketing for both retail and wholesale environments. Now residing in the Northwest, Marc has taught cooking classes, wine education seminars and does restaurant consulting.   He is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and 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.

Marc has a personal goal to visit every wine region in the world as his pursuit of great wine is relentless. His controversial topics are sure to entertain and engage you as he meanders through a story. Check out our blog to explore his latest story.

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 – 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.

Guest Contributors

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.

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