My name is Amanda Claire Goodwin. I’m from New Jersey, born and raised. I graduated from both Wagner College (2013) with a degree in Nursing and Monmouth University (2009) with a degree in English. I took courses in Improv taught by Theater Faculty Dr. John J. Burke. I have also completed the Intro to Hosting/Developing Your On Camera Personality course with hosting professional Leila Sbitani.
A few years ago, I decided to start my Master’s Degree in Nursing and at the time it just seemed like the logical thing to do! Everyone in my family, including my husband is in the healthcare field. However, very soon in to the program I couldn’t ignore this nagging desire to try something different. I left my Masters degree program to pursue my real passion: Wine.
I’m currently a Pittsburgh (until June 2021) based freelance wine writer, individual contributor to WineTraveler.com and my own personal blog, The Real Housewine. I create video content and I am comfortable in front of the camera. I also have on camera interview experience with wine based journalism: I have conducted interviews with wine label owners, tour of wineries, and provided wine product recommendations for the general consumer.
I have a special interest in natural wines and lesser known/emerging wine regions. I particularly chose to focus on wines and producers that are practicing sustainability, organic, and/or biodynamics practices.
In 2018, I founded National Orange wine day, to be celebrated annually on October 6th. In October 2020 the FIRST-EVER, completely Virtual Orange Wine Week will be celebrated from October 5-10.
You can find the event line up and more information here: www.nationalorangewineday.org
Member Spotlight- November 2019