Melissa Monosoff is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has honed her skills at the top restaurants in Philadelphia as a cook, sommelier, bartender, and beverage director. These restaurants include the finest in the region, such as the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel, Striped Bass, and Savona in Gulph Mills, PA managing a 1200-section wine list and a well-recognized beer and cocktail program. Melissa has been the Education Director for the Court of Master Sommeliers since 2013.

She earned her Master Sommelier Diploma in February of 2010; she is the 17th woman in the world to hold this title. Her passion for all things wine and beer-related has earned her several accolades. Philadelphia Magazine named her “Best Sommelier” two years in a row. Wine & Spirits Magazine recognized her as one of America’s “Best Young Sommeliers” and she was a James Beard Foundation nominee for “Outstanding Wine Service.”

In 2018 her first book “Stuff Every Wine Snob Should Know” was published with Quirk Books as part of their small book series. This book is sold worldwide and translated into 4 languages. In 2019 this book was sold, reprinted, and repackaged by Hallmark. Stuff Every Wine Snob Should Know

In addition to her wine knowledge, Melissa Monosoff is a recognized name in the beer community having completed her Certified Cicerone. In her spare time, Melissa is an accomplished competitive cyclist, has a love for Mezcal and other Mexican spirits, enjoys photography, playing with her dog Mariposa, and mentoring sommeliers.

In 2020 Melissa Monosoff was nominated as the Vinitaly IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year.