Amy Bess Cook

Amy Bess Cook

Amy Bess Cook

Amy Bess Cook has been a working writer for more than 16 years. For half that time, she managed a boutique winery in Sonoma. With a zeal for creative entrepreneurship and a passion for the vine, Amy Bess now works as a writer and brand consultant within the wine industry.

  1. Harvesting Goodwill: A Napa Entrepreneur Feasts It Forward

    Harvesting Goodwill: A Napa Entrepreneur Feasts It Forward

    Can hedonism save the world? According to businesswoman Katie Hamilton Shaffer, it’s a fine start.
  2. This Year, Find Beauty in Unlikely Places

    This Year, Find Beauty in Unlikely Places

    This year, I vowed to rediscover beauty — to polish my lens, widen my eyes, and look for more good in the world, in my wine glass and far beyond. But how?
  3. Believe! Wine, Myth, and Legend

    Believe! Wine, Myth, and Legend

    'Tis the season to tell far-fetched stories. Especially in the world of wine, where myths and legends pervade.
  4. Communion: Come Together, Right Now, Over Wine

    Communion: Come Together, Right Now, Over Wine

    All this talk of what to serve could very well be ruining our understanding of why we serve it.
  5. Size Matters: Finding Room for Creativity and Invention

    Size Matters: Finding Room for Creativity and Invention

    What makes for ideal size is highly variable. Those with less might learn to work better, while those with more seem to have greater impact.
  6. Vardo in the Vineyard: Romance, Uncertainty, and the Simple Life

    Vardo in the Vineyard: Romance, Uncertainty, and the Simple Life

    Certainly for me — and for many of my winemaking neighbors — a little romance has opened up a lot of possibilities. Embracing uncertainty has allowed me to celebrate unpredictability. Perhaps similarly, growers anticipate the weather each season.
  7. Living, and Loving, Among Works in Progress

    Living, and Loving, Among Works in Progress

    In the midst of this extensive process, how does a winemaker cultivate appreciation for each stage, which inevitably includes the awkward and unexpected? What can we learn from their art?
  8. Vardo in the Vineyard: O! Pioneers, or the Spirit of Winemaking

    Vardo in the Vineyard: O! Pioneers, or the Spirit of Winemaking

    I finally get it — some risks are just worth taking. I now revere pioneers; and the wine industry is an ideal place to witness pioneering efforts.
  9. Vardo in the Vineyard: Reed and Oak, or Flexibility in the Face of a Shakeup

    Vardo in the Vineyard: Reed and Oak, or Flexibility in the Face of a Shakeup

    We were all lucky — not just to have survived without greater injury or destruction, but to begin recovering so quickly. Could winemaking have taught our community a little something about coping with the unexpected, long before this disaster struck?
  10. Vardo in the Vineyard: Dreams and Sacrifice, or "Making It" In Wine Country

    Vardo in the Vineyard: Dreams and Sacrifice, or "Making It" In Wine Country

    The cost of living in Sonoma is impossibly high. Many of my friends and colleagues, approach this problem by commuting, getting roommates, or beating a hasty path to the altar. My lifestyle solution was to live alone in an RV trailer, beholden to no one.
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