Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact button email

I have a contact button on my website that allows you to email me.  I do not share your email with any third party websites, nor will I ever sell your email.  As for how long I keep your email, it depends.  If it’s a request for a food and wine pairing, I may keep it indefinitely as I may want to retrieve my answer for it later for a blog.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

If you visit an external link on our website, (such as a winery website) we are not responsible for any cookies you encounter there.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and Bing Webmaster Tools on the website, and we have demographic information turned on.  This tells us such things, such as, the city, gender, and approximate age you are.  We use this information to better understand who is visiting and to cater our blog posts to that audience.

If you wish to opt out of Google Analytics, you may do so here:

Google Adwords

Google Adwords are enabled on Drink and Pair.  You will see ads, and they may be personalized by Google.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

I can reached by email only.  I currently live on a sailboat and have no physical mailing address.  

Additional information

How we protect your data

To the best of our ability, we use software to ensure our website can not be hacked, as well as our analytics.  This includes using strong passwords and monitoring any strange usage.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

As mentioned above, we use Google Analytics to see what blog posts are popular.  We may also look at demographics to see what audiences find our articles interesting.  This helps us come up with ideas for new blogs.  While we can see what city you are from, that’s not usually a factor in our profiling.  Mostly we look at age brackets and country of origin.  For example 35-55 year old’s from America

Your Consent is Important to Us

By using our website, we assume that you have consented to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as explained in this Privacy Policy.


You may change or withdraw your consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual obligations and reasonable notice, by contacting our Privacy Officer using the contact information set out below. All communications with respect to such withdrawal or variation of consent should be in writing and addressed to our Privacy Officer. In certain circumstances, the withdrawal of consent may render us unable to continue to provide products or services where the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information is necessary to provide the product or service.

We assume that, unless you advise us otherwise, you have consented to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as explained in this Privacy Policy.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.

How Can You Contact Us About This Notice, or Withdraw Your Consent?

I can reached by email only.