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Courtney Schiessl is a wine writer, sommelier, consultant, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY.


As a freelance writer, she contributes a regular column to Forbes.com, and she frequently writes for WineFolly and SevenFifty Daily. Ever the oenophile, Courtney specializes in wine but also has extensive experience in beer, spirits, food, and travel.

Courtney is a trained sommelier, wine buyer, and hospitality professional with experience working at some of New York's top restaurants, including Marta, Dirty French, Olmsted, and Terroir. She was formerly the in-house Tastings Editor for VinePair, and her writing has been featured in Vivino, Drink Me Magazine, ABC News online, and The Daily Meal, among other publications. 

Having sought out experience in all facets of the wine industry, Courtney has also held positions in wine retail, consumer and trade education, marketing and social media, and in the cellar during harvest. Always a lover of food and travel, Courtney upgraded her wine tastes from Franzia and Two Buck Chuck to Beaujolais and Chenin Blanc while managing national PR campaigns for international wineries and wine regions. Her varied and wide-reaching background makes her an ideal consultant and expert specializing in wine education, marketing, copywriting, social media, and beverage management.

Courtney is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, has completed the Advanced Sommelier course, and is currently pursuing her Diploma in Wine and Spirits through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. She earned the WSET Advanced Certificate with Distinction and holds a BA in Communication and Media Studies from Fordham University.