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Pam Strayer

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Co-Editor | Managing Editor and Writer, Slow Wine Guide USA
Pam Strayer is a wine business journalist and wine writer, who formerly specialized as a journalist and editor in health, science and the environment for 30+ years. In 2010 she expanded into wine journalism, focusing at first on organic and biodynamic producers as well as general eco-wine topics. 
She earned a certificate in wine studies at U.C. Berkeley and has also studied at U.C. Davis, and the North American Sommelier Association.
The author of seven published wine apps on organic and biodynamic wines (not currently available), in 2018 she became the conference program director for the International Biodynamic Wine Conference in San Francisco which featured an international roster of acclaimed experts, including regenerative soil health experts Dave and Anne Montgomery, organic and biodynamic pioneer Paul Dolan and Tuscany based organic and biodynamic wine expert Monty Waldin. 
She has also consulted to Vivino, the world’s largest wine app, on organic and biodynamic wines. 
Her writings appear in Seven Fifty Daily, Pix,  Santé, The Tasting Panel, the Biodynamic Association of Northern California (BDANC), Somm India, Santé, VOICES, Full Pour, Grape and Wine magazine,, Wine Business Monthly and more. 
She has given guest lectures and talks at Cabrillo Community College and Santa Rosa Community College, and for community groups in Sonoma and Napa, as well as for Women of the Vine & Spirits, the OIV Wine Marketing Program at U.C. Davis and Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute. 
As an environmental journalist, she previously consulted to Earth Island Institute (David Brower’s last environmental group) and on environment and climate projects for United Nations Environment Programme award winner Huey Johnson and his Resource Renewal Institute (RRI), where she directed and produced YouTube video interviews with leaders in large scale green planning programs in New Zealand, Mexico City, the Netherlands and the EU.
Her environmental journalism, including coverage of environmental justice topics, has appeared in Civil Eats, The New Lede and The Guardian. She is a member of the Society for Environmental Journalists and an active participant in the climate journalism nonprofit Covering Climate Now.
Earlier, she worked frequently in Silicon Valley making pioneering multimedia projects and films for Apple and serving as editor in chief of major health websites where she oversaw all content for WebMD’s genetics channels as editor of, a Jim Clark company. Other clients include the Dalai Lama, Jerry Garcia and the United Nations. 
In wine, she has attended international conferences on wine and the environment, a favorite topic, in France and Italy, learning more about biodiversity and European initiatives and academic research. 
Recent articles have focused on the threat of the spotted lanternfly, impacts of invasive species, government regulations on pesticides, new wastewater standards to protect groundwater, glass recycling, alternative fertilizer (azolla) and sustainability group’s efforts to phase out Roundup.
She also regularly writes about 60-80 wineries for Slow Wine Guide, visiting and tasting at wineries in California and Oregon, and edits the guide, working with its talented team of field contributors on the 400 wineries in the 2024 guide. 
She is a member of the UK-based, international Circle of Wine Writers and a graduate of Smith College.
An archive of all of her articles is available at

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