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She frequently speaks about the effects of climate change on the wine industry but always focuses on the cultural losses and gains, particularly as it pertains to UNESCO World Heritage. She designed her bespoke bachelor’s degree in wine studies & business and received her master’s degree, exploring wine and aesthetics. Simone holds 13 wine certifications including the Court of Masters Certified Wine Sommelier, Sherry & Spanish Wine Educator, Champagne Educator, and Italian Wine Specialist certifications; she is expected to complete her (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) WSET Diploma in 2020.
Simone has a wine consulting and tour company called Wine Rocks® & Chasing Grapes®, LLC. Simone published her first book, Denver Food: A Culinary Evolution in 2018 and will release her second, Lessons from the Lisbon Coast in the near future. She is also working on her memoir Chasing Grapes®, about her decades in the wine industry. Previous to her career in the wine industry, Simone was in the entertainment industry. Simone resides in the foothills just west of Denver, Colorado, with her two Shiba Inu dogs.