About

SMG profile photoHaving previously worked as a professional flute player and an IT project manager, I have more recently immersed myself in the world of wine, gaining the WSET Diploma and becoming a WSET Certified Educator in 2015.

Growing up in New Zealand and living in the US, UK, Spain and Australia has provided numerous occasions to visit many of the great wine regions of the world. I am increasingly drawn to smaller producers who are pushing the boundaries of wine making and I enjoy finding and recommending these boutique producers and their wine.

In 2013 I moved to Hong Kong and founded the Happy Wine Woman, providing a range of consulting services to wine industry clients in the areas of management, business process and education. A return to Melbourne in 2015 saw a continuation of these activities in addition to teaching WSET classes, running the Happy Wine Woman Wine Club and writing for Spirito di Vino AsiaWine Times Hong Kong and The Drinks Business Reader.

July 2016 marked the first in a series of episodes I will record with Elizabeth Schneider of US-based podcast Wine for Normal People focussing on wines from Australia and New Zealand.

Further studies have included completing the Rhône Master-Level Certificate with the Wine Scholar Guild where I was awarded the highest honours at the final exam. I was also awarded the HKIWSC Scholarship for gaining the highest WSET Diploma mark in Asia for 2015 and in October 2016 I used that scholarship to spend a month visiting wineries and vineyards in Chile and Argentina.

Happy Drinking!

Simone Madden-Grey

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12 Responses

  1. Love the blog and the Facebook page! I have been a long time fan of the Twitter posts & now we get even more!!! Love your work & I have enjoyed your posts so far! This is definitely a blog for all people who love wine, from wine beginners to experienced wine connoisseurs!

  2. Kelland Wines

    Excellent start of something that I hope blossoms. Can’t wait to share new finds from you and with you. Will keep watching your space!! Make sure that you keep your tasting notes as you develop the site as they can become a good reference point for others who are interested in older vintages of specific wines. Keep up the good work 🙂

  3. Greg

    Hello Happy Wine Woman. I questioned your motives in setting up a blog centered around insobriety however I find myself quietly astonished that there is some well researched and written material here that may even, heaven forbid, lead to someone learning something. Well done and happy trails on your wine quest.

  4. Glad you enjoyed our Winestate tasting in Wan Chai last week. Your comments are appreciated and positive feedback was great.
    Best wishes
    Peter Jackson
    Winestate Publishing Pty Ltd
    Adelaide Sth Australia

  5. Andy Williams

    It may seem counter intuitive to you but try some of the English Sparkling Wines now. After years of trying and (somehow) winning awards a number of producers that use the noble grapes have got it right. There remains a high degree of variability in the cuvees but Ridgeview Blanc de Blanc and Chapeldown Brut are both amongst the good sparkling wines that will be new to you market.

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