Jeni is a freelance wine journalist based in Melbourne.
She is the longest-serving wine writer on The Age newspaper, Melbourne, and is a regular contributor to: Winestate magazine, Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, Halliday magazine, Wine Selector, Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine and others.
In 2014 she was named Wine Communicator of the Year by Wine Communicators of Australia, and was inducted as a legend by the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
She is the author of a number of wine books: Choosing Australian Wines (Penguin); Crushed By Women: Women and Wine (Arcadia) as well as the Australasian contributor to Dorling Kindersley’s Wines of the World.
She judges wine in Australia and internationally, and now regularly judges and juggles the international scoring system at MUNDUS VINI in Germany.
She is a champion of change within the wine industry, addressing diversity and equality in the workplace, through her work as an advisory board member behind the annual Australian Women In Wine Awards.
A former president of the Victorian Wine Press Club, she straddles both the journalism and wine worlds but is, importantly, a journalist first.
She undertook her journalism cadetship at The Sun News-Pictorial while studying for a journalism diploma at RMIT.