Welcome! My wine blog, Grape Experiences, will let you know a little about me and more about wine.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading my interviews with winemakers, winery owners and others, wine reviews, articles about my travels, food and wine pairings, and more. All are meant to be an insightful and hopefully, an entertaining way to help guide you towards your next wine experience.

A firm believer in life long learning, I have completed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 3 class and have passed the exam allowing me to hold the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate with Merit.

I was listed as one of Exel Wines’ Top 100 Most Influential Wine Bloggers of 2015 and received the award, Best Wine Blog 2016 – United States and Best Wine Blog 2017 – United States, from Lux International. In both 2017 and 2018, one of my articles was a Finalist in the Millesima Blog Awards in the Wine Travel category. An email in January 2018 informed me that Grape Experiences was awarded Best Wine Blog 2017 by Drizly. I’m honored and humbled to be recognized alongside a group of incredible wine writers and professionals.

Take time to explore all that Grape Experiences has to offer.  Easy to navigate, you can find under the appropriate tabs, Wine Reviews, information about Regional Wines, Events and Travel tips and information (check out some of articles about my press trip to Spain or the hands-on-harvest at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Winery), and interesting profiles of many Wine Connoisseurs, such as Anthony Scotto III, Michael RichmondDavid AdelsheimTodd Alexander, and Reagan Rombauer Blackwood.  Use the drop down menu for Recipes that will pair with my suggested wines or those you may already have.

If you are a distributor, representative from a winery, publicist or other wine lover in the business who would like to send me samples, please email me.  I will be happy to share my policy, address to which the samples should be sent, and any other information you may need.

All wine lovers are encouraged to contact me for more information about the following services I provide:

Private Wine Tastings

Wine Pairing Dinners

Wine Education Classes

Event Hosting – Private or Corporate

Remember to add your name to the Grape Experiences mailing list for subscriber only newsletters.  But here’s the bottom line: have fun with this as much as I am – it’s all about wine! 

Cheers! ~ Cindy Rynning

Cindy Grape Experiences

Photo Credit: Rebecca Peplinsky Photography; Location: Winestyr’s Chicago Lounge


  1. Sherry Schmidt


    Hi Cindy,

    Found the adjective I couldn’t remember when we spoke on Saturday. It is “minerality!” Not a word I’d heard used before in wine reviews but I love it. You probably did use that word when we talked because I have vague memories of me asking you to describe its meaning. Good golly…I really have a memory, don’t I? Anyway, always love the reviews and now I’m thinking about that sparkling rose! Have great rest of the week and a wonderful holiday weekend.

    • Cindy Rynning


      Thanks, Sherry! The next time you come over, I’ll open some bottles you’ll love!! Cheers to you!

  2. sam jonas


    Hey Cindy, ever visited or know of Niagara Wine Country Ontario region….Forbes.com & Lonely Planet mentioned it’s a must see Cool Climate wine region in 2017!

    • Cindy Rynning


      Hi Sam!! I know of the region, but have never been there. The closest I’ve been is to the Finger Lakes area. I’ll definitely check out the articles and put the area on my bucket/wine list! Thanks so much – Cindy

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