Nicole Ruiz Hudson is a food and drink writer and educator currently living in Oakland, California. She is at her happiest when nibbling, sipping, and hiking her way through new places. Above all, she loves how wine makes friends.

These loves started early. She grew up around the hotel industry and has lived all around the U.S. as well as Valencia, Venezuela, where she had free room service for two amazing years in high school. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles until thoughts of food and wine got the better of her. Upon moving to New York City, she made the switch and went to culinary school at the International Culinary Center, following it up with a WSET Diploma and Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. She spent three years in the Tasting Department at Wine Spectator in New York, and is now extremely excited to be back in California. 

Nicole was also one of four original organizers of B√Ętonnage, a day-long forum to stir up the conversation on women in wine in Napa Valley, and also helped organize the Della Donna Wine Festival in Oakland. You can find her recipes with wine pairings on WineSpectator.com, as well as on, SommsTable.com.


Have a question, comment, interested in partnership opportunities, or just want to share a food/wine/travel story? Please don’t hesitate to reach out–I’d love to hear from you.

I also teach wine classes and offer wine consulting, freelance writing, as well as recipe creation. Drop me a line and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.


SAMPLE POLICY:  I am pleased to consider your wine samples and other related products for review or inclusion in posts. However, please note that outside of sponsored work, this does not guarantee a post or timeline, only consideration. As I have several sites and projects in the works, I might also choose to use samples in posts on other sites as well. Please email me to discuss the wines you would like to send and I will provide the shipping address.

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