Cindy Rynning ’79 (MSLS) has been writing about wine on her award-winning wine blog, Grape Experiences, since 2011. She passed the Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) Level 3 program with Merit in 2012. Cindy is based in Chicago where she attends international and national trade tastings and media events, meets and interviews winemakers and others who share their stories, and writes about tastings, food and wine pairings, wine travels and more.
She has written for a variety of print and digital publications including Crave Local, Wine Tourist Magazine, Wine Traveler, Wine Enthusiast and the wine club newsletter of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. Cindy is co-creator of YouTube channel, Crush On This. She received the Drizly Blogger Award as Best Wine Blog – 2017 and her site was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Wine Blogs in the world in 2015 and as the Lux International Magazine Best Wine Blog – U.S. in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Two of her articles were finalists in the Millesima Wine Blog Awards – Wine Travel category in both 2017 and 2018. Cindy has been featured on Good Day Chicago Fox 32, WGN-TV Channel 9 and The Jam on Chicago’s WCIU TV within the last year.
Grape Experiences is included in Feedspot’s Best 100 Wine Blogs, Websites and Influencers to Follow in 2020 with a consistent number 9 ranking and just recently, Cindy is ranked as one of the Top 101 Wine Writers of 2020 by Corking Wines.
A former educator, Cindy understands the value of lifelong learning and strives to share her knowledge of wine through writing, social media, personalized wine tastings and real-life conversation in order to inform, entertain and inspire others to discover the beauty of our favorite beverage: wine.