Margaret Swaine

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travel, wine, spas and spirits columnist and author

Internationally published wine, spirits, food, spas and travel writer Margaret Swaine has authored well over 2,000 articles for numerous magazines, newspapers and online sites. She is the weekly travel columnist (Forks & the Road) for the National Post newspaper, the spirit and cocktail columnist for Zoomer magazine, the bi-weekly culinary travel columnist (Global Gourmet) for Travel Industry Today, the spa columnist for Best Health (Paradise Home & Away) and the spirit columnist for WineAlign.

She has also contributed articles to USA Today, LA Times, ScoreGolf, Foodservice Hospitality, Travelweek Bulletin, Expressions, Arrival, Nuvo, Wine Access, Elle Canada, Hello! Canada, Fairways, ClubLink NewsLink, WestJet Up! magazine, Toronto Star newspaper, Globe & Mail newspaper, Baltic Air magazine, EnRoute magazine, Ski Press magazine, Chic magazine, national newspaper groups such as CanWest and many other publications. Her articles appear in internet sites such as GoMedia Canada, Gayot.com and Takeoff Eh!.

She’s the author of the first three annual Toronto Life Wine, Beer and Spirits Guides reviewing all products carried by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. In February 2007 she was awarded the prize for the “Best Article or Broadcast Emphasizing a Hotel or Resort” at the Travel Media Association of Canada conference in London Ontario for her article published in the Ottawa Citizen. Her article on Czech spa towns won 1st runner up in the annual ANTOR awards in 2006. She is recipient of the 2003 Achievement Award from the Ontario Imported Wine-Spirit-Beer Association and two Honourable Mentions from the Canadian National Magazine Awards. She has been honoured with the titles of Dame de la Jurade de Saint Emilion, Chevalier de L’Association Internationale des Mâitres Conseils en Gastronomie Française, Dame de Floc de Gascogne and Commandeur d’Honneur de Commanderie du Bontemps de Médoc et des Graves.

Ms. Swaine is a founder and first president of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada, a founder and past executive of the Travel Media Association of Canada and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. She has served as an expert witness in several wine disputes, and participated as a wine judge in global competitions in Canada, Italy, New Zealand, France, Austria, Australia and on. She was founder and for many years host of The Toronto Life Wine & Dine Experience dinners. She has appeared on many radio and television programs and constantly travels the world in search of the next great story or experience. A golf and ski enthusiast, she also writes on these subjects for various sport magazines.