Meet Debbie Gioquiondo – Social Media Goddess & Wine Goddess



Debbie Gioquindo,CTC, CSW, WLS  is a marketing professional by day following her passion for wine.  Her extensive background in PR and Marketing began in radio and moved on to emerging media as the industry changed.   Following her passion she began a wine blog “Hudson Valley Wine Goddess” in 2006 with the intent to educate people about wine, that soon included a focus on the Hudson Valley Wine Region, her home.

Debbie’s background includes over 30 years in the field of relationship building, marketing, internet marketing and entrepreneurship.

Having started her own a travel agency in 1996 she received her Certified Travel Counselor designation along with other specialty designations. She focused on family travel before she got introduced to wine.   Then her focus turned to sending people to the wine regions of the world. As a Certified Travel Counselor she was always ahead of the game.

As the travel field changed Debbie branched out and began working as a Community Relations and Marketing coordinator for a regional health insurance provider. In 2006 she became involved with the local wine industry as a marketing consultant for the Shawangunk Wine Trail.  That later led to heading up the branding efforts of Hudson Valley Wine Country and elevating the awareness of the Hudson Valley wine region.  Wanting more in 2010 she sat and passed  the Certified Specialist of Wine exam administered by the Society of Wine Educators and in January 2012 she passed the Centers of Wine Origins, Wine Location Specialist exam in Port and Champagne.

After being downsized from her day job in 2010, she  answered a tweet from Keryl Pesce, @TheHappyBitch about creating a wine label. Three tweets and 6 months later Debbie along with Keryl Pesce launched Happy Bitch Wines.

Today Debbie consults with wineries and small business on marketing and social media along with conducting wine education and tasting seminars. She is co-owner of Happy Bitch Wines and the chairperson of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.

Debbie single handed put the Hudson Valley wine region on the map. ~ David Bova, General Manager, Millbrook Winery, Millbrook, NY.

Through her consulting and training business Debbie teaches small businesses how to be social and integrate it with systems already in place. She has done numerous social media seminars for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, New York State Tourism, Score and more.

If you would like to hire Debbie to provide social media marketing consulting , train your business, be your Social Media Coach, speak at your next event or educate you on wine, fill out the form below and contact her.

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