Endorsements

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Our stellar reputation stems from long-standing relationships with influential publications. Our relationships are our most important asset. Check out these endorsements from our wine and lifestyle clients.

 

“Tim has some of the finest contacts in the wine business. Of his many strengths as a wine public relations professional, media relations may be his specialty. Tim knows “everyone who’s anyone”, and skillfully cultivates those relationships to generate superior results. He’s widely considered the go-to resource for journalists and wine writers due to his deep knowledge of all aspects of the industry and excellent follow-up. Tim is also one of the top wine judges in the country. His critical palate is an asset for clients who may be developing new wine brands or evaluating wines for editorial submission.”

Terry Wheatley
Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Vintage Wine Estates

anthony-dias-blue “Tim McDonald is a consummate public relations professional. He makes my job easier by always providing reliable and useful information.”

Anthony Dias Blue
Executive Director, San Francisco International Wine Competition

joanne-weir_tim-mcdonald “I have been lucky enough to work with many of the top wine professionals in the business. Without a doubt, Tim McDonald is one of the most knowledgeable wine professionals out there. He not only has fantastic connections with press, he also knows how to make an impact with everything he does. With his extensive palate, wine knowledge and excellent reputation in the wine business, his consulting business will be a raging success.”

Joanne Weir
Host, Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class

wilfred-wong “Veteran wine marketing consultant Tim McDonald is perhaps one of the best in the field. Over the past decade, I have run into him at nearly every nook and cranny of the wine business and especially as a judge in major wine competitions. McDonald works it and absorbs information like a sponge. He is one of those guys who has so much information that one doesn’t want to know what he knows. He is doing precisely what everyone in the wine marketing world should be doing, keeping his ears to the ground and letting nothing go unnoticed. One of McDonald’s great axioms is, “If you are a great marketer, you can sell anything.” (Actually I modified it a bit to keep my PG rating)”

Wilfred Wong
Chief Storyteller, Wine.com

leslie-sbrocco “In more than a decade of communicating about wine in print, books, and television, I’ve encountered countless public relations professionals. Tim McDonald ranks as the wine industry’s best. His personal relationship-building skills are unmatched as is his attention to detail, response time and positive attitude. For anyone serious about their PR needs, Tim is the man to make it happen.”

Leslie Sbrocco
Author, TV Host, Bay Area Check Please

Linda Murphy “Tim knows more about all phases of the wine business than anyone I know. He’s a fountain of knowledge, has extensive contacts and simply makes things happen. He “gets it,” when all too many wine consultants don’t.”

Linda Murphy
Wine Critic, San Francisco Chronicle

Chris Indelicato “Tim has done a wonderful job helping DFV Wines continue to grow its sales. His wine knowledge, industry experience, contacts and pleasant demeanor all combine to produce unparalleled public relations results.

Chris Indelicato
Delicato Family Vineyards

“I had the pleasure of working with Tim for eight years as a client for Wine Spoken Here. We initially started working on a project that blossomed into a longstanding schedule of brand plans and marketing initiatives. Tim’s business evolved as did ours and we continued to work together creating some strong wine brands. I would recommend Tim to someone seeking to establish a brand within the wine media / consumer awareness space. Through Tim’s deep relationships within the wine trade, both media and customer, he is capable at excelling a brands potential.”

Mark Giordano
Pacific Coast Highway

“Tim McDonald is the consummate wine professional. His prose while writing back label copy for the Fetzer brand was thoughtful and entertaining while delivering a spot on message for each varietal and personalizing them as well. A delicate yet deft balance no less. He is well connected with all of the major wine journalists in both traditional and non-traditional media and has gotten well targeted reviews and acclaim for our brands, particularly while working with the Bonterra brand. Tim McDonald is an industry public relations veteran and a pro!”

Dennis Martin
Fetzer Vineyards

“Tim McDonald has helped our company far beyond Public Relations. His career in the wine business has had him cover multiple areas essential to growing a business. His wisdom and insights make Tim a trusted advisor; his experience a good sounding board for strategies and tactics; and access to his network and cultivated relationships is a must have. It has been a true pleasure working with Tim.”

Felipe Gonzalez-Gordon
Director PARALLEL 36