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Jeannie Cho Lee is the first Asian Master of Wine (MW) and an award-winning author, wine critic, judge and educator. Jeannie's pioneering book, Asian Palate, exploring Asian food and wine pairings in ten Asian culinary capitals, won the Gourmand award for Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World in 2010 as well as the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award and the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV) award in 2011.
Jeannie's second book, Mastering Wine for the Asian Palate, was released in September 2011 and her Asian book tour to 12 major cities was completed in November 2011. At the same time, the Chinese version of her first book, Asian Palate, was launched to an enthusiastic audience in mainland China. 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 dates, persimmons and gingko nuts to describe wine.
Jeannie was born in Korea and has lived in Hong Kong since early 1994 where she started her publishing career with financial publications such as Asia Inc, Far Eastern Economic Revue, The Asset, before moving on to lifestyle and wine publications such as Wine Spectator, The World of Fine Wine, Wine Business International, Revue du Vin and Tatler. Currently, Jeannie is Contributing Editor for Decanter UK and a weekly columnist for mainland China's China Business News as well as the largest English newspaper in Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post. She pens monthly columns in Noblesse China, Noblesse South Korea and Decanter Taiwan. She is also a Wine Consultant for Galaxy Macau, responsible for the master wine list of nearly 50 F&B outlets, as well as for Singapore Airlines, involved in selecting all the wines served on all routes. Recognised for her contributions to the wine industry, Jeannie won the Vinitaly Award in 2009. She is 26th on the Decanter Power List 2011, a biennial who's who of the most influential personalities in the wine world. Jeannie is also the Co-Chair of Decanter Asia Wine Awards, a sister competition to the Decanter World Wine Awards launched in 2004.
Jeannie holds a Certificat de Cuisine from Cordon Bleu and her love for food and wine inspired her to found AsianPalate.com, a site that celebrates the confluence of Asian food and wine. Jeannie is a Master Sake Sommelier from Japan's Sake Service Institute and is a Certified Wine Educator from UK's Wine & Spirits Education Trust as well as the US Society of Wine Educators. Jeannie's interest in wine began at Oxford University where she spent her junior year before returning to Smith College where she graduated with a dual degree in Government and Sociology. Jeannie then went on to obtain a Master's degree in Public Policy & International Relations from Harvard University.