There is nothing more exciting to us than “drinking the wine in the land where the grape is grown” and then sharing that wine and the accompanying memories with our friends back home. We believe that wine is just as important to everyday living as it is to special occasions. The French have a phrase, Bon Vin, Bon Prix, or “Good Wine, Good Price,” that pretty much sums up what we think wine should be all about. Wine should taste good, it should make you feel good, and you should never put down that bottle feeling that you have overpaid for it.
We have tasted wines from all around the world, and the most important aspect for us is the feeling of conviviality that surrounds the opening of a bottle of wine. Wine brings people together: Conversations foster mutual understanding, barriers are dropped, friendships are formed, and people of all cultures realize how similar our lives are on this planet we call home.
The World Wine Guys are all about visiting the places grapes are grown and wine is made, eating the food that goes along with that wine, and letting you know what we have found. In a phrase…WE UNCORK YOUR WORLD.
MIKE DeSIMONE and JEFF JENSSEN, also known as the World Wine Guys, are wine, spirits, food, and travel writers, educators, television presenters, and hosts. They are award winning journalists as well as best selling and award winning authors. They have been featured guests on The TODAY Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Better TV, and the CBS, FOX, Hallmark, WGN, and NBC networks. Mike and Jeff are the Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine, regular travel and wine contributors for The Huffington Post and twice monthly wine columnists for The Latin Kitchen, the on-line arm of Latina Magazine. Their articles and photographs have appeared in Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Oxford University Press, TODAY, Huffington Post, The Latin Kitchen, MSNBC, and Saveur. They have also been featured in Women’s Health, Associated Press, and Reuters. DeSimone and Jenssen are the authors of RED WINE (Sterling Epicure, October 2017, cowritten with Kevin Zraly), Wines Of California: The Comprehensive Guide (Sterling Epicure, Foreword by Michael Mondavi and Preface by Kevin Zraly, September 2014) Wines Of California: Special Deluxe Edition (Sterling Epicure, October 2015) and Wines Of The Southern Hemisphere: The Complete Guide (Sterling Epicure, Foreword by Michel Rolland) which won the Gourmand International Award for Best Wine Book 2012 in the USA. They are also the authors of the Fire Island Cookbook (Simon and Schuster, Foreword by Al Roker.) Always engaging, informative, and entertaining, Mike and Jeff have taught at The Culinary Institute of America, DeGustibus Cooking School, The Astor Center, The Miele Experience Center, Sherry Lehmann, The Georgetown Club, the residence of the Spanish Ambassador to the United States, and onboard Holland America and Seabourn Cruise Lines. Mike and Jeff are members of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, The Society of Wine Educators, and The James Beard Foundation. They are proud to have received the prestigious Golden Pen Award for food, wine, and travel journalism and equally proud and honored to have been inducted into the Chevaliers du Tastevin at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeout in Burgundy.