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In memoriam: Jean Reilly MW

In memoriam: Jean Reilly MW

It is with regret that we share that Jean Reilly MW has sadly passed away.

Jean became a Master of Wine in 2010, becoming just the fifth American woman to earn the coveted title. Jean was an event host, public speaker, educator and a consultant to wine collectors with offices in New York and Orlando. She travelled to over 60 wine regions across four continents and ran the purchasing operations for prestigious wine retailers such as Morrell & Co in Manhattan and JJ Buckley in California. Jean was also a dedicated mentor to many MW students over the years. She worked harvest both in Burgundy (Domaine de la Vougeraie) and in New Zealand (Sileni).

Jean shared her passion for wine on television and radio and with readers of magazines such as Fortune, Wine Enthusiast and American Airlines’ Latitudes. Outside of wine, Jean was also a professional skydiver, having completed over 1000 jumps. Without a doubt Jean lived life to the fullest, right up to the very end.

Our thoughts are with Jean’s family, especially her sister Kathy, friends and colleagues at this time.

If you have any memories you would like to share with us for Jean’s In Memoriam page or wish to pay your respects to her family please send these to myself or Luke ( and we will make these arrangements.