All of our instructors have extensive wine knowledge that comes from both study and travel. They have a broad range of experience from working as sommeliers to winemaking to educating and presenting. The Diploma is a prerequisite to teach our WSET Courses. We believe that all students, no matter what their wine knowledge, should be taught by those with the highest level of education this program offers.
DipWSET, Certified Sommelier, CSW
Michelle's love affair with all things wine began at the ripe age of three when she saw a glass of pink champagne at a family party. She was captivated by the colour and the constant stream of bubbles.
Michelle never lost that initial fascination with wine. She studied wine and spent time travelling in wine regions until finally deciding to take the plunge, leaving the corporate world for the world of wine.
In 2011, Michelle spent two months in Argentina to work harvest and learn about winemaking. Since her return she has become a Certified Sommelier and a graduate of the WSET Diploma Program. She is also a WSET Certified Wine Educator, holds the Certified Specialist of Wine designation from the Society of Wine Educators and is a Professional Fromager. She is currently studying for the Master of Wine.
Outside of WSET, Michelle is Director of Education for the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and teaches in its Accredited Sommelier program. She presents wine-focused seminars, tastings and events to clients, both corporate and private. Michelle enjoys sharing her passion of wine with people and is thrilled when her students and clients have that “aha” moment.
Michelle is currently enrolled in the Master of Wine program.
When she is not reading about wine or travelling in wine country, Michelle loves spending time at the family cabin in Algonquin Park, hiking, and exploring the world.
DipWSET, CMS Advanced Sommelier, Vinitaly IWA
Brie’s love for wine was sparked in her early 20s when she worked in hospitality. She began exploring her new-found interest in wine by enrolling in the WSET levels 1 and 2. Very quickly, wine turned from a curiosity into a passion, and with that came her decision to complete the WSET Diploma. Keen to see other wine education paths, and to combine her wine studies with her hospitality background, she began her journey with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Now she proudly holds the ‘Green Pin’- the Advanced Sommelier designation - with the goal of becoming a Master Sommelier.
Brie has had an extensive career working in fine dining and has been Head Sommelier in some of the top restaurants in Ontario, including Langdon Hall in Cambridge and GEORGE in Toronto.
A visit to Piedmont ignited her love affair with Italian wines. She attended Vinitaly International Academy where, in 2016, she earned the title of Italian Wine Ambassador. She has since worked in Italy both as an Italian Wine Panelist and as a Judge for Vinitaly Five Star Wine Awards. She continues to share her passion for the diverse and fascinating native wine grapes of Italy, along with her life-long pursuit of studying and celebrating the vast and wonderful world of wine.
Outside of wine Brie loves her family, her friends, good food, good books, and exploring new places.
The 1977 Warre’s Vintage Port…That’s what did it for me. Up until that night in 2002, I enjoyed wine. I even appreciated it at some level. But that birth year Vintage Port showed me the sheer pleasure, amazement and joy that a special bottle could elicit.
Since then, I have travelled to many wine regions, including Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy, the Rhone, Piedmont, Tuscany, Sicily, Margaret River, and Wachau. I have met with producers to get a sense of what makes their wines special. In addition to learning through travel, I have completed WSET Diploma and been published in The World of Fine Wine.
I currently work in training and organizational development and maintain a very strong connection to wine through Adventure in Wine and with regular contributions to www.thewinenerds.ca.
I have a MA in History and International Relations and am fluent in German. I have worked as an apprentice chef, a manager of a large agricultural business and sat on the board of two not-for profit organizations.
When not cooking, teaching, or training, I am visiting the wine regions of the world on my favourite mode of transport: my Cannondale.
Lucie is passionate about wine. She is a Certified Sommelier and was awarded the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits in 2010. In addition to working in fine dining and wine service for 10 years, including the 5-diamond Atelier in Ottawa, Lucie has worked as a wine educator and consultant.
In 2011, Lucie moved to France where she apprenticed with a winemaker. This experience ultimately changing her career path. She was offered a position at Norman Hardie Winery in Prince Edward County. It was an instant love affair. After two seasons learning the ropes of Cool Climate winemaking under Norman and spending the winter months making wine in New Zealand and South Africa, it became clear that her passion for the craft and science of making wine would lead to more than just a hiatus from restaurants and wine consulting.
Three years later, Lucie now considers Prince Edward County her home and works at Keint-He Winery and Vineyards, convinced of the amazing potential of terroir and wines this region has to offer. She loves talking about wine, wine tasting, cool climate viticulture and winemaking with fellow enthusiasts and wine professionals living or visiting Prince Edward County.