VIDEO: South Jersey Wine Blogger Ranks Nationally


CAPE MAY COUNTY - Debbie Gioquindo is a native New Yorker who turned her love of wine into a blog called “The Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.”
And now this wine lover is ranked nationally as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Wine Bloggers for the year by Excel Wines.
“I’m looking down on the 90s, I’m starting at 100," said Gioquindo. "But I was like holy cow I’m 38! I was just oh my gosh I made a difference.”
The list is compiled on the bloggers website and social media usage. And the best part for her is realizing she’s helping give confidence to people new to the wine world.
“It’s nice and friendly because wine can be intimidating, you know when you go into a liquor store to purchase a wine you’re not sure what to buy, or what to order on a restaurant list,” said Gioquindo.
Don’t let her name fool you, the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess actually resides right here in Cape May County. The New York native started the blog when she still lived in the Empire State. She moved to South Jersey a few years back with her husband and found that the area is perfect for any wine guru.
“Cape May County is really an up and coming wine region," said Gioquindo. "There’s six wineries here. And they range from very, very small ones like Turdo to where we are today like Hawk Haven.”
In fact, Gioquindo has visited every winery in the county, some even more than once.
“It’s really a great area for wine tasting," said Gioquindo. "I mean what kind of place can you go to the beach and go wine tasting.”
Believe it or not, this wine goddess isn’t just someone drinking wine for fun and writing about it. She’s a Certified Wine Specialist.
“I think for me, it was more for knowledge and credibility I wanted to bring to my blog and I learned tremendously," said Gioquindo. "But it doesn’t stop there I’m always learning and always reading and always tasting!”
To read Gioquindo's blog, visit

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