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About Me

Makes no apologies...


Fluffy stuff

 Aren't most great ideas the result of a bottle of wine...or two?

WineDiva™ is Daenna Van Mulligen, an honest to goodness, pretense-free wine lover, who has been honing her palate, practicing her spitting technique and swinging her pink saber for more than fifteen years. Daenna loves to write about virtually anything she can swirl, gulp or otherwise legally consume. And…she doesn't mind taking the stance of the wine opposition. She is a wine writer and wine reviewer who habitually drones on about her favorite wine-y topic. She’s known for her quirky, casual and humorous approach to all things related to fermented grape juice and doesn't mind if you throw her in front of a crowd with a mic.


WineDiva.ca is a snob-free zone!

Serious Stuff

Residing in the beautiful city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, WineDiva™ unapologetically doles out her trivial and non-trivial bits of wine information on the unsuspecting public via her bi-weekly (that would be twice monthly), internationally read newsletters.
Daenna is an accredited sommelier and has traveled extensively internationally and to every major winemaking country in the world.


Italy: Abruzzo, Friuli, Marche, Tuscany, Veneto and Umbria Germany: Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, the Pfalz Canada: Okanagan Valley, Fraser Valley, Similkameen Valley in BC, Niagara Peninsula in Ontario.
South Africa: Constantia, Walker Bay, Paarl and Stellenbosch. Portugal: Bairrada, Dao, Estremadura and Alentejo. Chile: Aconcagua, Maipo, Casablanca, Cachapoal, Colchagua, Curico and Maule. USA: Napa Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sonoma County in California, Oregon and Washington States. Australia: Hunter Valley, Riverina, Barossa, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley and Clare Valley. Spain: Catalunya regions of Penedes, Cava and Priorat. Argentina: the main winegrowing region of Cuyo (includes Mendoza). France: Burgundy (north to south), the Rhone Valley (north to south). New Zealand: Central Otago, Waipara, Marlborough, Wairarapa/Martinborough, Hawkes Bay, Auckland and Waiheke Island...

Wine Judging 

VinItaly - one of the world’s largest wine fairs
Cornucopia's annual Top 25 (5 years)
Vines Magazine's annual InterVin International Wine Awards (four years)
Okanagan Wine Festival's Wine Awards
ViniPax in Southern Portugal. 





Presenting & Public Appearances

Among a number of other public and private speaking engagements, Daenna has been a presenter and a panelist at Whistler's well known international wine festival Cornucopia and The Vancouver International Wine Festival for a number of years.

* She has spoken for peers in the wine trade and media on Portugal for ViniPortugal.
* She has been the host of the wine stage for 8 years at Eat!Vancouver

Celebrating more than eight years of publishing WineDiva™ and more than four years of publishing WineScores.ca these sister sites are now two of the most visited wine websites in Canada.

Other Print & Media (consistent contributions)

Daenna is a regular contributor and a tasting panel member of the Canada's Vines Magazine and to
BC Liquor Stores 
TASTE Magazine
Read all of Daenna's articles for Vines Magazine and TASTE Magazine here


You can listen to her wine reviews each Saturday on Terry David Mulligan's radio show
The Tasting Room am1150 in the Okanagan, on Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands and now on the CKUA network, throughout Alberta Wednesdays at 6pm.
Or listen in on The Tasting Room Radio .



Daenna has also made numerous appearances on CityTV as well as on Global BC and has been interviewed by Fanny Kiefer on Studio 4 watch here and on Urban Rush watch here


WineDiva's sister website WineScores.ca for more in-depth articles and wine scores!


WineDiva™ has available branded merchandise (clothing, cards, coffee mugs etc.).

If you are interested in WineDiva™ branded merchandise, please contact her via her contact page.

*WineDiva is a Registered TradeMark and the use of  WineDiva™ in any form, without consent is prohibited.

What others have to say...


CityFood Magazine November 7th 2006


It's not over until the pink lady swirls...

"Now, I know that  Daenna likes to spin the “I’m just a girlie girl” line, and to come across as pink and lightweight as cotton floss in the breeze, but aside from that being a clever branding device – a way of making herself stand out by contrast from the dour seriousness of the old boys who dominate the wine scene - it also serves as a smoke screen to distract those same boys from noticing that she is entirely capable of strutting in on high heels, and stealing their bottle of post-banquet congratulatory Port right off the club table --- and then quaffing it all down with a box of bonbons.

Yeah guys, she’s ditsy like a fox allright..."

-Rhonda May-Editor, CityFood Magazine

London Free Press - Worlds of Wine by Christopher Waters  "There are also a bevy of informative websites and magazines that speak to all facets of wine appreciation. Some, like Ontario-based Billy Munnelly’s Billy’s Best Bottles (billysbestbottles.com) or Vancouver wine writer Daenna Van Mulligen’s Wine Diva (winediva.ca), are blessedly idiosyncratic, which makes for fun reading."


Michelle Leroux Whistler is awesome.com  "Daenna is truly a professional wine drinker, tasting over 2,200 wines a year and reviewing around 1,000 of them on her tongue in cheek website www.winediva.ca."

MorethanMerlot.com - Great information on Argentine Wines... "I really like the Wine Diva’s style! She shares articles in other wine-related forums such as VinesMag.com, where I found a great little post on the wines of Argentina..."


Granville Magazine GranvilleOnLine.ca - Wine, Women and Stories... "I love a good story. And, for me, besides the very real sensual experience, the story of a wine constitutes much of the enjoyment. Tuesday evening's Diva(s) at the Met event—hosted by the Wine Diva herself, Ms. Deanna Van Mulligen...


Winnipeg Free Press - Uncorked - Wine Arts, Manitobans bring their expertise to the Industry... "Daenna Van Mulligen's lack of pretension and genuine enthusiasm for wine was evident at the tastings I attended with her in Germany last year. It came as little surprise, then, when I learned that she was born and raised in Brandon. Now based out of Vancouver, this successful sommelier and writer administers two hugely popular wine websites..."


TheseBoots.travel - Eat/Drink - WineDiva's 2009 Top 50 under 50..."I can tell you that if this woman says you should put it in a glass and drink it, you should definitely pay attention..."

WineCouver - IVSA November 9 the whites..."For Daenna traveling has been intense recently and between flying, events and writing for her website, there is little time for anything else. As usual she was fun, friendly and looking spectacular..."

Poivre Media - Wine Festival: Diva's at the Met "Last night, I felt as if I were part of a women's rally..."


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