If necessity is the mother of invention, saving good wine from the drain surely meets the criteria. Wine Glass Writer creator Jeannine Fradelizio recalls a party for 20 people in her Sonoma area home that left her with 90 wine glasses to wash.

“Dumping wine down the drain drives me crazy,” says Jeannine. “I thought that someone out there must have a product where you could write your name on a wine glass and easily wash it off later. It just didn’t exist so six years ago I began researching, working with chemists and finally came up an ink that would work and Wine Glass Writer was born.”

The family-run business with an all-woman staff is now selling the Wine Glass Writer pens in seven different countries. With Jeannine’s daughter Renée Stewart, the company’s operations & sales manager, now married to a Canadian and living in the Okanagan, there is a great opportunity to place the fun product in the local market.

“Wine Glass Writer also works on mirrors, plates and trays, condiment holders, spice and mason jars, bottles and more,” Renée says. “It’s fun to see the artists are at your parties. Sometimes you hate to clean the glasses afterward.”

Winning the Wall Street Journal Wine Accessories of the Year for their solution to keeping track of your wine glass at events has been a highlight for the company Renée and Jeannine agree.

Wine Glass Writers, sold in three-packs, can be found at Garden Works, The Peoples Craft House, Tea and Weaves, 8th Generation Winery, Summer Gate Winery, CedarCreek Estate Winery, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Intrigue Winery, Gray Monk Estate Winery, Meyer Family Vineyards, Noble Ridge Winery, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Road 13 Winery and Church & State Winery, among other locations.

~ Elaine Davidson