This blog is a passion project of Tracie Robinson, a New York City-based attorney and wine drinker who explores the fields of law and viniculture through her writing. Tracie's first glimpse of a vineyard came during a summer weekend in Provence more than a decade ago, when she toured Bandol with her French pen pal. Struck by the idyllic beauty of this Mediterranean region, she can still recall its most prominent agricultural feature: the vines that so elegantly lined the appellation's hillsides and valleys. When she returned to Paris, where she was studying for the summer, she began buying bottles of wine to try with her roommates. These comical dégustations—each one an example of the blind leading the blind—were the start of a long journey. That journey continues via this website.
Tracie has been working in law and public policy since 2008. Her professional experience includes litigation, mediation, transactional work, government relations, compliance, and business development. She has an academic background in labor and employment law and intellectual property law, and has handled a wide variety of legal matters involving copyright and trademark, business formation, family law, and education law. Prior to attending law school, she worked for an international nonprofit organization that specialized in education and public health.
Tracie has many interests beyond the world of wine. She is fascinated not only by viticulture, but also by agriculture in general. She visits her neighborhood farm (yes, there are farms in New York City) and nearby vineyards throughout the growing season. Tracie is also passionate about civic engagement. A lover of the arts with an inexhaustible enthusiasm for music and dance, she spends much of her free time in the dance studio.
New York - 2009