Find out about The Winesleuth

Denise Medrano (aka The Winesleuth)

Denise Medrano (aka The Winesleuth)

Who is The Winesleuth?I’m an American ex-pat who is fascinated by wine. Previous to my arrival in London, I had done a sommelier course in Buenos Aires, Argentina so I knew I wanted to be in the wine trade but where to start? I started where so many people in the UK wine trade start, Oddbins.  I was fortunate in that Oddbins back then had a great wine education partnership with the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust and I was able take the WSET courses. I currently have the WSET Advanced Certificate as well as holding a UK personal alcohol license.

Another advantage to working at Oddbins was that I had access to all the wine trade shows. Imagine, being able to go and try as many wines as you could in one day! Whew! I have to admit, I didn’t do much spitting back then and the next day, I was wishing I had at least taken better notes. I started looking around on the web for blogs that covered the London wine scene and found there were none. Well, none that appealed to me. None that were a mix of trade and consumer views and opinions. And none that really talked about what a great centre of wine this fabulous city of London is.  So I rolled up  my sleeves, bought a domain name and the rest, as they say, is The Winesleuth history…


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  1. Hi I am so thrilled I found your webpage, I really found you by accident, while I was
    searching on Google for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to
    say thanks for a marvelous post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to browse it all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the superb work.
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  2. Hi Denise, I work for Hallgarten Druitt as well as running my own website if you would like any samples of our wines please let me know

  3. You have a great blog here. I’d really like to request a wine review on behalf of a wine client of mine. I’ve emailed you with the details. Keep the great posts coming.

  4. Hi there!
    Do you feature South African Wines? We have some really stunning International Award Winning wines but somehow these do not get the attention they deserve. Some of our lesser know boutique Wineries are also producing some really stunning wines.

  5. Great to meet you today, looks a great blog as well

  6. Dear Denise,

    I’d like to exchange links on our blogs. I feel that many of your readers would appreciate what my blog has to offer. Readers can use my site to find Wineries, wine bars etc. throughout North America. They can also follow my daily Video Vocabulary of Wine where we interview a winemaker or winery owner about a specific term used in the world of wine. The videos are being compiled to create the first ever video wine dictionary! Just for fun I’m also producing a new web series called “Just A Taste.” Each week we review one wine and give updates from the world of wine in a humorous format. You can watch a webisode here:

    I sincerely believe that my blog is offering something new and unique in the world of wine!

    If you would like to exchange links, please send me an email and I’ll get yours up on my blog roll right away.

    Thank you,

    Dan Ganshirt

  7. Hi Denise,

    We met briefly at the Wine Bloggers Conference. I’ve just bee checking out your site. May I suggest that you enable an RSS feed on the blog, so that people may subscribe? I think you will find that you get more readers that way.

  8. Dear Denise,

    Greetings from Mutineer Magazine.  I see you will be attending the Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma, and I wanted to touch base with you as I’ll be attending and covering the event for a feature story in an upcoming issue of Mutineer Magazine.  We are doing a feature story on wine blogs, and will be doing interviews at the Conference to try and put faces and stories to burgeoning wine blogosphere.  Here is a link to a PDF of the recently released second issue:

    If you are into the magazine, please share our efforts with your blog readers. Feel free to share the PDF link with anyone or even post it on your site.

    We are fully committed to being a resource to the blogosphere and doing our part to help develop it into the most relevant format it can be, and I am excited to meet you in person at the conference.


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