Melanie Story

Our Story Started With Wine

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 leading separate lives, we reconnected at wine dinner in 2003. It was a great match!

Melanie Young, A Fearless Fabulous Life

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!”

 

Melanie’s articles on wine, spirits, food and travel have been published in Wine4Food, The Epoch Times, Wine Enthusiast, Seven Fifty Daily, Jewish Week and several food industry trade outlets. (More published articles here). Melanie is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, the Wine Media Guild and New York Women’s Culinary Alliance. She has spoken and/or moderated panels on career reinvention, building your brand and women in the industry,

She’s Made Quite the Impact on the IndustryOwner of her eponymous public relations and culinary events business for 20 years, M. Young Communications (1989-2011), 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. Her agency She consulted for several wine regions, trade associations and producers in Spain, Italy, and France and Crete.

Advocate for Health & Wellness

Melanie is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach who and is active in numerous initiatives to fight hunger, support women’s health, promote healthy eating and fight food insecurity and food waste. Her articles on healthy living have appeared in LIVESTRONG, Huffington Post Healthy Living, and several women’s health magazines. Follow her blog here: www.melanieyoung.com.

She is author of Getting Things Off My Chest-A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless & Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer (Recipient 2014 International Book Award or cancer health topics) and Fearless Fabulous You!- Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms (2015 Finalist USA Best Book Award, Motivational topics)

She hosts the national radio show for women, “Fearless Fabulous You!,” Wednesdays, 12 noon EST on W4WN-the Women4Women Network and on demand at iHeart Radio iHeart App, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and other podcast platforms.

Follow Twitter@mightymelanie Instagram@melaniefabulous

David Ransom