Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan always demonstrated a deep passion and drive for excellence. You could say she’s an over achiever.
By age 11, she played violin in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) orchestra. She was first seat violin, a football and basketball cheerleader, and a lead in all the school musicals through high school. Receiving an academic scholarship for highest honors, she attended the international business program at The University of Denver, graduating cum laude.
She passed Citicorp’s Corporate Management Associates Program after achieving the Series 7 and 63 License with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She then transferred to Citicorp’s London office where she worked on financial models as a Management Associate. She gained considerable experience dealing with high-status and influential clients. However, don’t judge this book by its cover. In addition to her academic and classic achievements, she also holds her brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Where does wine come in? It was a business lunch in London that changed Jennifer’s life forever. An herb crusted salmon and Sancerre pairing ignited a new passion, opening her eyes to the world of wine. From that lunch on, she was insatiable for knowledge on all things wine.
She is now the fourth woman and among only 30 people in the US to ever attain the international title of Master of Wine (MW), the highest wine title to achieve in the world. She was also honored with an international tasting trophy for her palate 2008 and holds an additional 5 leading wine and spirits certifications.
She is the author of The One Minute Wine Master: Discover 10 Wines You’ll Like in 60 Seconds or Less and co-author of Pairing with the Masters: A Definitive Guide to Food & Wine along with Certified Master Chef Ken Arnone.
Jennifer is also the author and host of five DVD series on wine and spirits with The Great Courses- The Everyday Guide to Wine, The Everyday Guide to Spirits & Cocktails, The Everyday Guide to Wines of France, The Everyday Guide to Wines of Italy, and The Everyday Guide to Wines of California.
Jennifer is now fast rising as one of media’s best featured “go to” experts on wine and spirits. She holds the world’s top wine title (MW), has trained thousands in the industry and judges in international wine and spirits competitions.
She is a frequent guest on national television including NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business, Fox News, Anderson Cooper, Bloomberg TV, Real Housewives of New York City, and VH1 Morning Buzz. She has also been featured in world class publications such as Fortune, Businessweek, O The Oprah Magazine, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Wine Enthusiast.
With an energetic, dynamic personality, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan has also hosted seminars with famous Food Network Stars such as Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Mario Batali and Jacques Pépin.