Simone is an international regional manager for Secret Food Tour in North America. She is also an adjunct professor of all things wine at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a CAVE members and a member of the Climate Reality Project, Denver Boulder Chapter. She is a doctoral researcher developing her dissertation: From Grapes to Wrath: Wine in the Age of Climate Change. 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. Simone resides in the foothills just west of Denver, CO with her two Shiba Inu dogs.