Marl / and / Loam is the digital homestead of me, MJ Skegg, a freelance writer, editor and creative consultant.
I’m the wine writer for The Portland Mercury, where my job is to bring the world of wine to life for a general and diverse audience. I’m lucky that Oregon is filled with many talented winemakers who are always seeking to push the boundaries of their craft, though you’ll also find me tracking down nicely-priced wines from Europe and lesser-known corners of the world.
I was awarded a 2017 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers Fellowship. I’m also a judge for the Annual Greatest of the Grape competition, held in Southern Oregon.
I lived in London for two decades, where I was a freelance editor and restaurant reviewer at The Guardian newspaper, covering pizza eateries in converted country barns to never-ending-course dinners at Michelin-starred extravaganzas. As bar reviewer for Time Out London I wasn’t always drunk. My journalism has appeared in the likes of The Financial Times, The Independent newspaper, Wallpaper and Tatler.
I am also an editor and creative consultant, developing and bringing to life multichannel publications for businesses such as Reuters, Honda, Bose, Superyacht Builders Association and HSBC. I recently put this experience of brand storytelling to work for Convivium, an artisan wine label based in Oregon.