As a graduate of the University of Virginia, Lauren Mowery first developed a taste for wine as a student in winery-rich Charlottesville. Graduating Fordham Law, she took a career detour as a New York litigator before leaving to pursue wine and travel writing full time, for which she has won several awards. Mowery was travel editor for Wine Enthusiast for four years and a Forbes wine and travel columnist for six years, in addition to contributing to dozens of other drinks publications including Tasting Panel, Somm Journal, Punch and SevenFifty Daily. She hopes to finish her Master of Wine by 2024. When not on the road, she splits her time between upstate New York and Charleston, South Carolina.