I first met these two amazing humans when performing in their pandemic YouTube series. Our conversation was so fun (and Shezam relevant) that we had to make it an episode!
Who are the Wine and Whiskey Ladies?
Originally from Atlanta, Jennifer Wren packed up her bags and moved to New York City to pursue a career in musical theatre. Along the way, Jennifer built up a thriving parallel career as an event planner. Ensuingly, Jennifer’s event expertise led her to the world of premium and luxury spirits where she created and led brand-specific activations and consumer-facing presentations for Moët Hennessy, Heineken, and Edrington Group. Leaving her performance career behind, Jennifer co-founded Whersky, an educational events company dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the whisky industry. Jennifer’s expertise in working with diverse groups and extensive whisky knowledge eventually led her to William Grant & Sons where she served as US Ambassador West for Glenfiddich. Jennifer is thrilled to continue her whisky journey with the incredible team at Whyte and Mackay as Single Malt Specialist for The Dalmore and Jura and is currently working on her first novel.
Beth Anne Hickey has over twenty years in the Seattle restaurant industry and is an Advanced Sommelier. She has worked her way through all front of the house roles up to manager and wine director at some of Seattle’s finest restaurants; having worked with some of this country’s most storied restauranteurs, Drew Nieporent, Michael Bonadies, Wolfgang Puck, and local legend – Paul MacKay.
A native of Spokane, Washington, she came to Tacoma in 1991, to attend the University of Puget Sound to study English Literature and eventually ended up in Seattle to attend the University of Washington. Working at night in restaurants, she discovered her love of hospitality and fine wine and never looked back. Overhearing a conversation of a Master Sommelier discussing that he was flying out the next day to do the cellar for the Queen of England’s son cemented this Anglophile’s dream to become a Master Sommelier, she figured – she loves wine, loves the Queen, and wants that job.
She is the mother of three children, a member of Mensa, an avid collector of antiquarian books, vintage clothing, loves Early Post Modern English literature, Emily Dickinson, Monty Python, and making bread from her ten-year-old sourdough starter.
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