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Jeannie Cho Lee is the first Asian Master of Wine (MW) and an award-winning author, television host, editor, wine critic, judge and educator.
Born in Korea, Jeannie has lived in Hong Kong since 1994, where she started her publishing career with financial publications such as Asia Inc, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Asset, before moving onto lifestyle and wine publications, which include Wine Spectator, The World of Fine Wine, Wine Business International, Revue du Vin and Decanter. Currently, Jeannie is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of LePan Media, a company publishing monthly LePan magazine, which focuses on fine wine and luxury lifestyle content. The magazine is published in English and in Simplified Chinese, in tandem with a vibrant bilingual website, to be launched in early 2015.
In May 2014, the Jeannie Cho Lee Signature Wine Glass Collection was launched - a range of five shapes handmade in Italy and a separate machine-made version made and distributed by Spiegelau worldwide. A new weekly wine programme called 'In Vino Veritas', in which Jeannie is a co-host, will air on TVB Pearl, Hong Kong's leading terrestrial English-language TV broadcaster, in October 2014.
Jeannie is a Professor of Wine at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she is involved in creating a new Master's degree programme in International Wine Management. She is also Co-Chair of the Decanter Asia Wine Awards and a Wine Consultant for Singapore Airlines, selecting all the wines served on all routes. Recognized for her contributions to the wine industry, Jeannie won the International Vinitaly Award in 2009 and was named the 25th most powerful person in wine by Decanter magazine in 2013.
Jeannie's pioneering book, Asian Palate, published in 2009, exploring Asian food and wine pairings in 10 Asian culinary capitals, won the Gourmand award for Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World in 2010. It also won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award and an Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV) award in 2011. Asian Palate is available in both English and Simplified Chinese.
Jeannie launched her second book, Mastering Wine for the Asian Palate, in 2011, with a tour of 12 major Asian cities. Mastering Wine provides a fresh Asian perspective to understanding and appreciating wine by broadening the wine lexicon. Jeannie introduces a new set of Asian descriptors such as red date, persimmon and gingko nut to describe wine. The Simplified Chinese version of Mastering Wine for the Asian Palate, was launched to an enthusiastic audience in mainland China in August 2012.
Jeannie holds a Certificat de Cuisine from Cordon Bleu and her love for food and wine inspired her to found AsianPalate.com in 2010, a website that celebrates the confluence of Asian food and wine. Jeannie trained as a Master Sake Sommelier at Japan's Sake Service Institute and became a Certified Wine Educator with both the UK's Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and with the US Society of Wine Educators. Jeannie's interest in wine began at Oxford University, where she spent her junior year. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College as well as a master's degree from Harvard University.