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


She is currently the full-time Tastings Editor at VinePair and has extensive experience in all things wine, food and travel.

Courtney's writing has been featured in Vivino, Drink Me Magazine, ABC News online, and The Daily Meal, among other publications. She is also a trained sommelier, wine buyer, and hospitality professional, having held positions at some of New York's top restaurants, including Marta, Dirty French, Olmsted, and Terroir.

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. 

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.