Welcome to Chasing Grapes

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world,

and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection,

and it offers a greater range of enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly,

any other purely sensory thing.”

Ernest Hemingway

Simone FM Spinner

Chasing Grapes & Wine Rocks, LLC

Wine Expert

Wine, Cuisine, and Travel, Story Teller

Public Speaker, Engagement Seminars, Corporate Training, 

Empowerment Retreats

Trade-Focused and Consumer-Friendly Wine Writing, Evaluations, Critiques, and Trade Training Tasting Videos.

Virtual Wine & Cuisine Events

Chasing Grapes with Simone

YouTube Channel 

Three Minutes For Wine

Edutainment Videos

International Wine Region Tours

ExtraSensual Immersion Experiences

Wine Paired with Fine Art, Music, Performing Arts

Thank you for your care and education over the past month. I feel very honored to learn so much about wine in your class.

Patrick Chen, ICB CAU student, Beijing, China

What you told me about wine tasting and the history of wine is really interesting. And your advice on the preparation of my presentation helped me a lot. Thank you very much for your patience. I hope everything goes well with you in the future. 🙂

Grace Li, ICB CAU student, Beijing, China

I just want you to know how enjoyable it was in your wine class this summer and I recommend your class to almost everyone I know. I don’t know whether I can participate in your other class in the future, but thank you for your patience and wine. You are an excellent teacher. Give my best wishes to you!

Lily Wei, ICB CAU student, Beijing, China

I’m very lucky to have your wine class this summer. I learned a lot in your class. I got the rudimentary knowledge of wine. I believe it will be of great help to my future life. We had three good weeks. Thank you for your three-week efforts.

Oscar Zhang, ICB CAU student, Beijing, China

I have been a professional chef for 25 plus years and adore wine. Simone is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever encountered, not only as a sommelier but also as a wine and food aficionado, a creator of food tours, wine tasting tours and is also a published academic and author.  I highly recommend her not only as a consummate professional but she is also the nicest person.

Andy Soboil, Specialist in Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition, Personal Chef and Tour Director

I had the honor of working with Simone while studying for my WSET Level 3 exam. Her attention to detail and being able to break down how to smell and taste were extremely helpful. Additionally, while studying for theory she was always ready with additional information that made the material more memorable and easy to learn. Simone has forgotten more about wine than I will ever know! A true passionate wine professional.

Becky Ammer, Regional Sales Director at HCL Software

I worked under Simone FM Spinner as my regional manager from 2019-2020. The first time I met Simone, I knew there was something very rare and interesting about her. Simone is a very accomplished woman with a long list of impressive achievements, unique curiosities, and diverse life experiences. She is an incredibly hard worker, juggling working full time, business travel, and finalizing a doctoral study with ease. As a manager, her outstanding communication skills, on-point direction, impeccable leadership, and belief in her staff made her an empowering and satisfying supervisor to work with. A unique skill is her capacity to inspire those around her and maintain an approachable manner. Simone has a creative problem-solving ability that was demonstrated when our company came up against a significant roadblock rather suddenly. Simone calmly made decisive if not difficult directional changes demonstrating her capability to overcome obstacles in a timely manner. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Simone FM Spinner again and I highly recommend her as an asset to any team that falls under her scope of expertise!

Heather Long, Community Advocate at FreshChalk.com

Simone is a real gem. Her passions for wine, food and cooking are immediately evident when you meet her. As a company, we felt so lucky to be working with a resource of her talent and skill level at Secret Food Tours. Officially, her position as International Regional Manager included; overseeing the operations, accounting, staffing, training in key international markets. She managed these complex tasks exceptionally well and with great enthusiasm. In addition, she was called upon to create tours from the ground up in several new markets in the US, researching and creating a tour narrative that told the unique aspects of that region through its food story. Simone was an incredible resource to assist on key new business opportunities when the creation of specialty tours in key markets were required and was very mindful of recommending new marketing opportunities that existed in her regions to drive leads and increase sales. I can highly recommend Simone. Feel free to contact me for additional information.

Linda Denbrock, Strategic Partnerships Manager, PeekPro.com

Simone is a true professional who approaches her work with genuine enthusiasm, knowledge and attention to detail. As a supervisor and team leader, she did a fantastic job of inspiring and motivating our 4-person crew to deliver the best culinary experiences and secret food tours in Denver. I highly recommend Simone as an outstanding leader, colleague and influencer in the world of food and wine.

Shari Chadwick, Creative Communicator

I have had the extreme pleasure of attending numerous wine classes with Simone as the instructor. Two of the classes I was there as a participant and the other two as an advisor. In all the classes Simone was an excellent instructor. Her wide variety of knowledge of wine and the ability to tie it to other topics like art and music was so enjoyable.  Her warm and inviting personality and her knowledge about her topic is a rare combination. In the classes where I was an advisor, the participants raved about her. They found the classes well worth the money and made comments to me about how much they had learned. They thoroughly enjoyed her interaction with them and the collaborative approach she used. She was well prepared with materials to engage her participants. I strongly recommend Simone and can’t wait to attend a next class with her.

Nancy Sturm, Principal at NV5, formerly The Sextant Group

I had the pleasure of booking and attending, along with my wine team, one of Simone FM Spinner’s wine education classes. She instructed our team-building event with a wine seminar that was absolutely amazing. Although we are all in the wine business, Simone was able to teach and instruct us in a unique, fun, and educational manner so that everyone learned something new. Everything from wine 101 to master-level wine tasting was taught. Her charm and professional approach were just what our group needed for wine inspiration and education.. She was well prepared and highly knowledgeable. Everyone saw value in our time with Simone and because of that positive experience, I’m about to book another event with her with a new team! Cheers!

Dan Foster, President and Managing Partner of 7Cellars

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