About Simone

Simone FM Spinner is passionate about wine, food & travel.

Spinner’s first book was published on August 27, 2018. Denver Food: A Culinary Evolution chronicles the Denver food scene from early nomadic Native Americans to the James Beard award-winning chefs of 2018. Spinner is writing two books about her life with wine and food; one of which is titled Lessons From the Lisbon Coast, detailing her recent year in Portugal. Her third book will be called Chasing Grapes about her life in the wine industry. She is a former contributor to Denver’s 303 Magazine Food & Wine section; her column was also called Chasing Grapes. Simone has written about The Art of Wine for Wine Country International Magazine and will be writing about luxury wine and travel experiences for Connoisseur magazine in 2018 / 2019. She is the senior editor for her blog and Twitter feed: French Wine Girl Travels.

In 2017/2018, Simone FM Spinner completed the first year of her doctorate exploring the aesthetics of wine along with the effects of climate change on global wine culture while with the Lisbon Consortium at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in a network with the University of Copenhagen and the University of Giessen.

Spinner wrote her master’s thesis at UC Denver in which she developed the concept of aesthetics as it relates to wine using an interdisciplinary lens. In her original thesis, The Culture & Aesthetics of Wine © she explores aesthetics, flavor chemistry, neuroscience, art fundamentals, and cultural studies to contemplate the aesthetics and art-worthiness of wine as an object and as an experience.  She also has a BA in Wine—more specifically the Study and Enterprise of Wine. She created the degree while studying at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Ms. Spinner also holds a dozen wine credentials including Certified Wine Sommelier, Certified Wine Educator, Spanish Wine Specialist, Sherry Specialist, and is pursuing the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma.

Spinner’s dedication to education proves beneficial for other students as well. Her achievements at MSUD helped to develop the Beverage Certificate offered through MSUD’s Hospitality program.  In addition to designing programs for the University, Spinner is a former Affiliate Professor for Metropolitan State, teaching courses for the Beverage Certificate, such as Wine Fundamentals and Wine Business.

Simone teaches the Get into the Glass educational wine series to the public through her company, Wine Rocks, LLC. Spinner demystifies wine, making it fun through an interactive approach. Although she doesn’t offer ongoing public classes, she often appears as a guest lecturer at corporate events, conferences, team building seminars, dinner parties, book clubs, or other gatherings. For more serious wine lovers she conducts private acquisitions and cellar appraisals. Spinner is developing a unique adventure and wine tourism program called Chasing Grapes, LLC., exploring the world of wine and taking curious oenophiles along with her, that will launch in 2019 with tours exploring Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany.

While Spinner has made wine the center of her academic life and her livelihood, she says she has never lost sight of the fact that, “Wine should be fun. It’s grape juice, fermented, that’s it. It’s something that should bring joy. Always.”

Early in her career, Spinner was a professional, trained, classical ballet dancer and Pilates instructor. She also worked as a lighting designer and production manager in the music business for many years and still misses “painting with light to music.”

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