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 seekimg_2075ing 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.



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