Mary Baker has over fifteen years of experience in winemaking, winery hospitality, and winery management. Baker is the administrative partner of Dover Canyon Winery, a small artisanal producer in Paso Robles, California. She has taught college-sponsored courses in wine appreciation, and frequently speaks on wine appreciation and food-and-wine pairing. Thirteen years in wine hospitality and winery business management include stints as the first tasting room manager for Wild Horse Winery, and later the business manager for Justin Winery.
Baker recently finished a term as a director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, where she was instrumental in changing the name to its current friendly moniker, and creating a $1 million marketing budget. She was also chairman of the 2004 Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival, an annual wine festival featuring a grand tasting, live and silent auctions, press events, artist receptions, and open house events at over 80 wineries. Baker co-hosts the wine and California forums for the eGullet Society (eGullet.org) and serves on special development teams for the Society.
In addition to winery and marketing duties, Bakers occasionally helps owner-winemaker Dan Panico on the crush pad and in the vineyard. Her article for Practical Winery & Vineyard on marketing winegrapes was translated and published in Vendimia, a Chilean wine industry publication.
In her spare time she writes, and plants vegetables and flowers, many of which promptly die. She is the author of Fresh From Dover Canyon: Easy Elegant Recipes from Dover Canyon Winery. Mary lives in a lovely 1921 farmhouse at Dover Canyon Winery with winemaker "Dover Dan" Panico, their four-year-old springer spaniel, Rebel Rose, and assorted cats and wildlife.