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.
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.
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 function. 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 moved to Argentina to work harvest and learn about winemaking and returned several times to help with the blending sessions. 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 and a Professional Fromager.
Michelle has taught for the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers in its Sommelier program and has presented wine-focused seminars and tastings to clients, both corporate and private. She enjoys sharing her passion of wine with people and is thrilled when her students and clients have that “aha” moment.
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.
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.