The Beginning of the Naples Daily News Column

For the past few years I have written a bi-weekly wine column in the Fort Myers News-Press, but now I have moved south where I write a weekly column about wine for the Naples Daily News. In early June I wrote the following introduction:

There is no place in the world that can compete with Naples in terms of its wine scene.

I once owned a wine shop in a midwestern town where I never met a winemaker, saw a salesperson only occasionally, and was thrilled if they ever brought a sample bottle. 

My first day selling wine in Florida I had a bag of six sample bottles and their creator, Napa winemaker Bob Broman in the car with me. 

“This,” I thought, “is where I need to be.” 

And now, eight years later, I get to write about it for the Naples Daily News. 

This is the first of what will be a weekly column featuring everything about wine. I will talk grapes, regions, business, events, personalities, history, and most importantly taste.  Before I expect you to take my word on anything wine related, let me tell you a bit about myself.

Professionally I began as a TV news reporter and anchor in Quincy, Illinois where I befriended a wonderful French woman whose wine shop became my second home. She and her husband were responsible for shaping my 20-something appreciation for the culture and history of wine as my taste gradually progressed from Riesling to Barolo. 

I left TV news to go to Italy and earn a master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. I studied the history, culture, economics and evolution of traditional food products. My wine professor was Jancis Robinson. It was my favorite subject.

After that glorious year I returned to the US to begin my freelance writing career. Starting over always takes a while, so I picked up a wine sales job which was an education in itself. Driving up and down US 41, I learned volumes about the business of this most romanticized commodity. I chatted about winemaking with dozens of international winemakers, brainstormed pricing strategies with importers, and crafted wine lists with restaurant entrepreneurs. Of course, I tasted thousands of wines. 

It’s said that one learns by doing, and that’s what I did; but I am by no means finished learning. In this column I will take readers on a journey of discovery about wine that will not intimidate the newbie, nor bore the aficionado. 

I welcome comments and questions at you can see more of my writing at, and can connect with me on facebook ( and on twitter @mouthfeeler.

Mouthfeel, by Julie Glenn