Ms. Simone FM Spinner, (University of Colorado, Denver, and Wine Rocks & Chasing Grapes® LLC).
Simone FM Spinner is an international regional manager for Secret Food Tours in North America. She is also an adjunct professor of all things wine at the University of Colorado, Denver, in the United States. She is a CAVE (Colorado Association of Viticulture & Enology) board member, a member of the Climate Reality Project, Denver Boulder chapter. Simone is a doctoral researcher and began developing her dissertation: From Grapes to Wrath: Wine in the Age of Climate Change while attending the Lisbon Consortium and plans to complete her studies as a part of the 2020 Sustainable Urban Development cohort at Oxford University. 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 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, Champagne, and Italian wine specialist certifications; she is expected to complete her 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.
Simone will be delivering a talk titled: From Grapes to Wrath: Wine, Enotourism, and Climate Change