Wendy’s Bio

Wendy’s lifelong passion for all things food and drink started with the gift of her first cookbook, ‘The My Learn to Cook Book’, at the age of five. With help she made Baked Alaska, the most complex recipe in the book. From that day forward her thirst for knowledge of culinary culture had taken hold.

Wendy’s list of accomplishments include winning 3 international cocktail competitions, lead chef to events of celebrities and foreign presidents, cheese judge at Concours Agricole in Paris, freelance journalist for Culture Cheese Magazine, lead writer of Hudson Valley Cider Guide, and nominee of prestigious Born Digital Wine awards.

In the beverage world she holds both the Level 3 Certification with Merit from the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust in London and The Certified Specialist of Wine Designation from the Society of Wine Educators,USA, in addition to a number of other specialty certifications of wine, spirits and cider in Germany, France, Austria and Spain.

Culinary schooling includes attendance at The French Culinary Institute, NYC, The New School Catering Intensive, NYC, and Cheese Certification at The Artisanal Cheese Center, NYC and Academie Opus Caseus, Paris. Intensive study visits to the world’s vineyards, cideries, distilleries, dairies and chefs has has led to a vast knowledge of global cuisine and culture.

With more than twenty years of experience in virtually every facet of the culinary industry Wendy’s creativity and talent have been recognised by Tasting Table, Forbes Magazine, Edible Manhattan, Sunday Parade, New York Post, Wine Spectator and USA Today. Forbes Online ranked Wendy’s wine and cheese events as one of the best things to do in NYC.

Since 2006 Wendy’s company  SassysipsNYC.com has hosted both private and public wine and spirit pairing seminars with an impressive list of clients in the fields of film, tech, travel and law. She also serves as executive chef and beverage director for the fleet at Classic Harbor Line.


  1. Dear Wendy,
    As blogs are becoming more and more relevant in the world of wine, their opinions being following by thousands of wine lovers round the world, we realise that we ought to keep you informed about everything new and interesting that happens in our companies.
    Therefore, I would like to approach you with a question: How can we best keep you up-dated about any news we generate?
    GPV Communication Agency represents Spanish Grupo Príncipe de Viana, with estates in Rioja, Navarra, as well as wines from Tierra de Castilla y León. I would like to send you every press release about our group, so that you are always well informed.
    I will appreciate it, if you could let me know if you have an email address which I can use to this purpose.
    Thanks in advance,
    Marifé Blanco
    GPV Communication


  2. Hello Wendy,

    On behalf of William Grant & Sons and their brands Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Tullamore D.E.W., Hudson and Monkey Shoulder., we would like to invite you to become a member of our exclusive network, The Whisk(e)y Circle. After visiting your site and based on the topics you cover, along with your knowledge and influence in the whisk(e)y and spirits world we think you’d be a perfect candidate.

    By becoming a member you will receive news, information and knowledge on many of our brands before anyone else! Through this exclusive network, you will also receive invitations to exclusive whisk(e)y tastings and other whisk(e)y related events. Plus, you will have the opportunity to share any of our exclusive content with your readers.

    To get started, we ask that you please tell us a little more about yourself and answer some questions about your knowledge and passion for whisk(e)y.


    Feel free to contact me with any questions! Looking forward to welcoming you into the Circle.



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