IWSC Wine Communicator 2020 shortlist: Melissa Monosoff MS

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Sex 13 Mar 2020

Wine Communicator 2020 - sponsored by Vinitaly - recognises someone whose communication skills have made an exceptional contribution towards promoting and increasing public awareness in wines in the last 12 months. This week, we'll be profiling four brilliant communicators who have been shortlisted for one of IWSC's top awards.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Melissa Monosoff MS honed her communication skills at the top restaurants in Philadelphia as a cook, sommelier, bartender and beverage director. Monosoffearned her Master Sommelier Diploma in 2010 and is the 17th woman in the world to hold this title.

She is responsible for creating the educational written content and programming for the Court of Master Sommeliers (Americas.) These programs reach thousands of aspiring sommeliers and other industry professionals who in turn reach tens of thousands of consumers. Monosoff has also published the book What Every Wine Snob Should Know.

Besides wine, she has become a recognized name in the beer community and an accomplished competitive cyclist.

Monosoff says “The idea of communicating information in a meaningful and understandable way was a skill honed over many years beginning with my days as a sommelier on the floor of restaurants. It was essential to success not only with the guests but with the service staff as well.”  

“I would like to be the Vinitaly IWSC Wine Communicator 2020 because I want more women in wine to see possibility and inclusiveness. I would like formal wine education and certification to be accessible and feel within reach.”

“I am grateful to even have a small impact from helping students succeed in their goals to an enthusiast having their first ah-ha moment with wine as I once did.”

This year’s winner will be following in the footsteps of past winners including Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly, and Joe Fattorini of The Wine Show.