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 held sommelier positions at some of New York's top restaurants, including Marta, Dirty French, Olmsted, Terroir, and The Camlin. Her writing has appeared in Vivino, Drink Me Magazine, The Daily Meal, and ABC News online, among other publications.
Having sought out experience in all facets of the wine industry, Courtney has also been a wine educator and worked in wine retail. She also spent time in Europe working the 2013 and 2014 wine harvests in Portugal at Esporão Wines’ Alentejo and Douro estates, as well as the 2014 and 2015 harvests in Bordeaux at Chateau Carsin.
Always a lover of food and travel, Courtney discovered her love of wine through her work at wine public relations agency Cornerstone Communications. There, she managed national PR campaigns for international wineries and wine regions, also gaining experience in social media and events management.
Courtney is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers currently pursuing her Advanced Sommelier certificate, having already completed the Advanced Sommelier course in the summer of 2016. She earned the Advanced Certificate with Distinction through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and holds a BA in Communication and Media Studies from Fordham University.