About us

Since we live in the Pacific Northwest, an area where the wine industry is booming, Winerabble’s content is generally focused on wines from the Western US. Between Oregon, Washington and California, we lead the nation in acres of grapes as well as tons of wine produced. We also work in the Oregon wine industry, frequently meeting the winemakers, visiting the wineries and making personal connections with those producing the wines we drink. We have a thirst to learn more about wine so if you have a take on wines made here or elsewhere, please help to educate our readers and writers! We always love to hear from you.

Wine shouldn’t be about snobbery but about fun. Let us help you figure out your likes and dislikes. That way you can make more educated decisions and find wines you like to drink rather than just rolling the dice on a bottle, hoping you’ll enjoy what you taste. We believe that drinking wine is a great social activity too- and try to get the word out about wine events that are near and dear to our hearts!

Michele Francisco

Michele’s passion for wine eventually led her to Portland, with easy access to hundreds of wineries to the south and east of the city. With over 25 years of writing and marketing experience, she is excited to share her knowledge, experiences, and formal education with both consumers and wine-related businesses. While taking winemaking, viticulture and wine marketing classes for a year and a half at Chemeketa College, Michele would return home from school, after an hour-long drive late in the night, and talk Matt’s ear off about her classes. Eventually, Matt told her she needed an outlet… maybe start a blog or something!  That comment, made in a moment of sleepy desperation, planted the seed for what became Winerabble, launched in 2011 with the mission of passing along the wine information she was learning to others. Years later, Michele is still learning and educating wine lovers across the globe on wines and the regions she loves. She is well-versed in the flaws and faults of wines and also loves judging wine competitions. Some say wine runs through Michele’s veins!

(Don’t bother trying to find her on LinkedIn because her account was deleted after some LinkedIn bot decided she violated their unposted rules about promoting the sale of alcohol…)

PS. In 2020, I bested my previous annual record with 155 posts and set a new challenge for myself. In 2021, I surpassed my goal with 188 posts! And that includes a month without posts as I redesigned the website. Wow! For those of you who might not have noticed, Winerabble is 100% ad-free. I do this because I don’t want a bunch of stupid ads mucking up my content. You come to Winerabble to learn, not swat away annoying ads! However, a 100% self-funded blog without ads is not cheap, so if you find value in my content and want to make a contribution to my efforts, I would be most grateful!

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Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot likes wine. Some varietals he prefers more than others. He enjoys learning about wine. But what he likes most about wine is the journey. The act of going tasting, exploring new areas of the country, discovering new wineries and winemakers, visiting towns off the beaten path-these are the things he enjoys the most about wine. Traveling and drinking, like peanut butter and jelly, go together seamlessly like wine and chocolate.

Matt’s profile on LinkedIn