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In 2013, Kathy Merchant founded a food, wine, and travel blog called Vino Ventures. Kathy’s wine credentials include Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, French and Italian certifications from the Wine Scholar Guild, and Certified Specialist of Wine. Her travel writing has been featured by The Florentine (Italy), Wine Scholar Guild (France), and French Wine Explorers (Tuscany). She is the former CEO of Greater Cincinnati Foundation where she published nonprofit sector trade articles for Stanford Social Innovation Review and Foundation Review. In June 2020, she published her first book as editor entitled “Imagineers, Impresarios, Inventors: Cincinnati’s Arts and the Power of Her.” In June 2021, Kathy will publish her first biography: “Answering the Call of the Wild: The Remarkable Life of Cathryn Hosea Hilker.” Both books are available online at All book royalties support local nonprofit organizations (ArtsWave, Cincinnati Zoo).

Primary focus of my work

Food, Travel, Wine

How My Work Is Published

Books – as Author, Books – as Editor, Blog(s) – my own posts, Writer – Printed media (magazine), Writer – Freelance on assignment

Other Associations

Wine Scholar Guild