Lauren Friel is a freelance writer and sommelier living in Boston. She is a columnist with both Eater and ChefsFeed, where she populates little corners of the internet with irreverent wine things. Her writing has appeared on or is forthcoming with Terre Magazine, Bravo TV's The Feast, Thrillist, GOOD, Boston.com, Wine Advocate, and Gear Patrol. A digital portfolio of her bylines is available here.
In addition to the freelance creative hustle, Lauren offers wine consulting services for shops and restaurants interested in a dynamic, forward-thinking approach to their wine programs. A list of her amazing clients can be found here.
Previously, Lauren held the position of Wine Director at award-winning Sarma and Oleana restaurants, where her eclectic beverage programs received local and national recognition. including Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants Award in 2015 and Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award in 2013. Lauren has been featured in Food & Wine, Forbes, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Eater and Serious Eats. She is as enthusiastic about Baga as she is about Barolo, and though she learned more about wine in Christian Venier's kitchen than she has in any classroom, she does hold Advanced Certification with Distinction from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.