Jenny Shirey

Jenny brings 10 years of teaching experience, including at UC Berkeley, to her role at the San Francisco Wine School. She began studying wine while living in San Francisco—first informally through visits to vineyards in Sonoma and Napa, then formally as a way to transition into the wine industry after 15 years working in tech. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge of California wine with others. 

Jenny has a California Wine Appellation Specialist CWAS® certification with honors, a Certified Beverage Specialist certification, and has passed the Level 1 CMS Examination.  She works as a consultant and part-time at Flatiron Wines in San Francisco.

Get To Know Jenny

What is your favorite wine region to visit?

Currently I’m enjoying the Sierra Foothills—less touristy than Napa or Sonoma, with high quality wines and lots of experimentation.


What is your favorite class to teach?

California Wine Appellation Specialist.


What's your most memorable wine experience?

Opening a bottle of 1977 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon on Christmas Eve in 2022, bringing it to our favorite restaurant, and sharing it with the team there. It had aged beautifully!


Why did you decide to become an instructor?

I love using storytelling to help make concepts approachable and understandable for others, especially those new to wine.


What's your most memorable food and wine pairing?

An aged Riesling paired with a filet mignon—a perfect yet unexpected pairing.


What's the biggest challenge in your job?

I always wish I had more time for learning more!


What other passions beside wine do you have?

Traveling to as many new countries as possible and learning new languages.


Name some recent wine discoveries that you find exciting.

I’m excited by the work that Elisabeth Forrestel from UC Davis is doing to update the Winkler Index using recent technology and taking our changing climate into consideration.


What do you think is the most unappreciated wine or region in the world?

California Zinfandel—it’s part of our heritage and can be beautifully balanced and easy to pair with food, but it doesn’t get the same respect as Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

Jenny's Favorite Blogs

category_education2023 SOMM Olympics Spotlights Rising Wine Talent and Supports Educational Scholarships for Students in Need

2023 SOMM Olympics Spotlights Rising Wine Talent and Supports Educational Scholarships for Students in Need

On Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 3:30-8pm, San Francisco Wine School invites the public to join their 12th Anniversary Celebration and Scholarship Auction featuring their signature Somm Olympics...

banner_featuredHow Accurate is the Drops of God Series?

How Accurate is the Drops of God Series?

Master Sommelier and founder of San Francisco Wine School David Glancy lives and breathes wine and has taught blind tasting for 20 years. He weighed in on just how accurate Apple TV's Drops of Gold...

category__professionSpecial Guest: Roberto Cipresso

Special Guest: Roberto Cipresso

Roberto’s lifetime of experience has captured the notice of many critics and fans alike. In 2006, the Italian Sommelier Association declared Roberto the “best Italian winemaker.” In 2009, ‘Wine &am...