Wine Brought Us Together
Wine has been fruitful to our lives. We both come from wine backgrounds thanks to our fathers. We met at a wine and food event in New York City in 1990. And after many years following separate lives, we reconnected at wine dinner in 2003. That dinner proved fruitful as well!
Here are our stories:
Melanie Young, Chief Connector, Co Host, The Connected Table LIVE! …..A Storyteller with a Delicious Life
Melanie is a catalyst for ideas and a skilled storyteller who believes everyone should “Dream It and Do It!” The #1 word people use when they describe her is “Inspire,” and she lives to inspire every day.
A Storied Sipper
Melanie says her first wine education event was at the age of 15. “My dad was a wine educator in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for more than 30 years and taught me to taste and drink both well and responsibly. For a public speaking class at my high school, I decided to teach fellow students how to open and serve a bottle of wine. I came to school that day wearing my tastevin around my neck and carrying a bottle of wine. A lineup of teachers stood in the back of the classroom watching me with interest as I started to demonstrate my special skill. The thing is, being underage, they would not let me open the wine!”
She’s Made Quite the Impact in the Industry!
Owner of her eponymous public relations and culinary events business for 20+ years (M. Young Communications) Melanie was responsible for the development, launch and management for 16 years of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry’s pre-eminent honors, and New York Restaurant Week, the nation’s largest restaurant hospitality promotion. Her agency produced Bon Appétit Magazine’s Wine & Spirits Focus tour in every major U.S. city for more than a decade, and she helped launch the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund to raise money for families of food service workers killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks at World Trade Center. She has worked with and consulted for several wine regions, wine trade associations and producers in Spain, Italy, and France, Crete and Macedonia.
Reinventing Her Life To Pursue Her Passion & Purpose
Today, Melanie writes about wine, food health and nutrition, hosts two radio shows and serves as an industry adviser and connector. Supporting women in the industry is one of her biggest commitments along with teaching people to live a delicious life with a healthy balance.
She is a member and past president of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, New York Women’s Culinary Alliance and Women of the Vine. In 2015 after publishing two award winning books on health and wellness, she became a Certified Holistic Health Coach to further her work in nutrition healthy living. She is active in numerous initiatives to fight hunger, support women’s health and promote healthy eating. Her articles have appeared on Huffington Post Healthy Living, several women’s and health blogs and her own blog, Fearless Fabulous You www.melanieyoung.com.
She’s an Award Winning Author
Writing and speaking are what Melanie truly enjoys. Her first book, Getting Things Off My Chest-A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless & Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer, received the 2014 International Book Award and the USA Best Book Award for cancer health topics. Her second book, Fearless Fabulous You!– Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms, provides inspiration and motivation to help readers transform their lives. She hosts the national radio show for women, “Fearless Fabulous You!,” Mondays, 4 p.m. ET on W4WN-the Women4Women Network and on demand at iHeart Radio and the free iHeart App. Her guests include inspiring women and experts on health, wellness and nutrition.
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David Ransom, Wine & Spirits Writer, Co-Host, The Connected Table LIVE!
David is a versatile wine and spirits journalist whose work spans print, web, and radio. He is the East Coast Editor for The Tasting Panel Magazine, SOMMJournal and The Clever Root Magazine, and a contributor to other outlets. He is a board member of the Wine Media Guide and active in events that support the industry. He has co-hosted with Jennifer English KLAV Radio’s “Bottoms Up Cocktail Hour” and created a column for InsideFandB.com called “Rocks Stars” where he profiled luminaries in the spirits industry. David served as Beverage Director for the prestigious James Beard Awards from 2003-2006 and has produced numerous educational wine events.
A Storied Sipper
David enter the wine world as a vintner at a young age. His father Jack Ransom bought a winery in the Hudson Valley. David and his two brothers served as co-founders and partners in Rivendell Winery which won many awards and accolades. David has worked every aspect of the wine business and has a near photographic palate which serves him well today as a professional writer and taster.
An In-Demand Writer and Speaker
Today, David is a full time writer and sought after guest lecturer on the topic of wine and leads educational wine tastings, workshops and dinners. He serves as a judge for The New York World Wine & Spirits Competition and has appeared on television to discuss wine and food pairings. Follow Twitter@ransomwrites Instagram@theconnectedtable
David discusses the difference between cow and goat cheese and best wine pairing for both on “Great Day Houston” (KHOU-TV)- CLICK THIS LINK