About Mari Kane
My interest in fine wine was sparked while working as a professional photographer in San Francisco between 1989-1993, shooting cover stories for Wine Spectator magazine and drinking Hawks Crest Cabernet.
In my twelve years in Sonoma County I worked in no less than eleven tasting rooms, which has to be a record.
In many ways, Mouthfeel is similar to the book and movie, Sideways. But, where Sideways was about fictional male outsiders looking in to the industry, Mouthfeel presents the viewpoint of a real-life woman working on the inside, looking out.
Mouthfeel has even more obscure wine talk, more vine-crazed characters, and a reasonable enough amount of sex to amuse wine enthusiasts around the world.
I now reside in Vancouver, Canada where I write about the British Columbia and California wine industry on my blog, TastingRoomConfidential.com, as well as other wine blogs and magazines.
About Mouthfeel – the book
Working in a winery tasting room is not always the beautiful experience the bucolic setting would suggest. A glance behind the “Employees Only” door often reveals an intimidating landscape of high drama and low morals, where good taste meets bad manners.
This is where I got my start in the wine business.
I took a series of tasting room jobs where I encountered winemaker egos, owner disaffection, manager duplicity, customer boorishness, and a certain ‘Animal House’ mentality among cellar workers. I suffered them all just to be closer to the wine. I was, by then, a total wine slut.
I moved from grape to grape – funky petite sirah, dumb pinot noir, Rued chardonnay, cheap champagne – and I practically obsessed about California’s native wine, zinfandel.
As time went on, I became more determined to expand my vinicultural knowledge so that I can write about wine. But although I crave acceptance in the industry, I always end up feeling like an outsider.