Michael is a seasoned entrepreneur specializing in wine communication and social networking. He knows how to use his knowledge and experience in social media marketing to improve visibility and adapt to any topic or niche required. He is a little at a time: sommelier, wine lover, professional writer and photographer. Rely on him to find exclusive interviews with great winemakers from around the world.
Sommelier, wine writer, whisky ambassador, my official title is a little vague and my path rather atypical. My studies are ongoing and will probably ever be. They include Certified CMS, WSET level 3 with distinction, and ISG. Subsequently, I was the first in Quebec to complete the Whisky Ambassador training. I’m the author of The sommelier’s cookbook, How to pass your sommelier exam, and Wine Map Book as well as a collaborator for various international magazines. My passion led me not only to wine writing but also to a Sommelier career. I’m the head sommelier for the reputed Auberge Ripplecove with a wine list rewarded by the Wine Spectator’s restaurant award. I’m the youngest Wine writer in Quebec, but my adventures are rich and esteemed.
Filippo Magnani is a wine travel expert of Italy, wine writer and DipWSET. He graduated with a degree in Hotel and Tourism management at the University of Economics in Florence, followed by an MBA in Hospitality Management at Brighton University (UK). After working as an F&B manager in several luxury hotel in the world, he began the career in the world of wine in 1999 when, at the age of 26, he founded Fufluns, a travel boutique company specialized in customized wine tours in Italy.
As an independent wine writer, he developed partnerships with various wine magazines such as Il Corriere Vinicolo, a trade wine review in Italy, Wine World Magazine, Liz Palmer’s web site.
He is also member of the Circle of Wine Writers (CWW) and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV).
Rupal Shankar (Syrah Queen)
From Wall Street to wine cellars, Rupal Shankar is living her best wine life in New York City. When she is not writing, Rupal is globetrotting the world exploring food and wine. Rupal is a professional wine writer who enjoys sharing her experiences of wine, food and travel. She loves learning about wine through her travels, but also has formal certifications: WSET Level 3 and French Wine Scholar. Continuing her formal education, Rupal is currently enrolled in the WSET Diploma program, in addition she is studying to get her master certification in Bordeaux wines. A yoga teacher by day and wine writer by night, Rupal loves combining her two interests, wine and yoga. She offers wine and yoga classes and workshops, “Vinyoga”.
Passionate about wine, travel, gastronomy and photography, Benoît Lefèvre created vino2travel in March 2015 to share his passions with the greatest number. On his blog, Benoît wants to inspire you with new travel ideas, suggest best places to go for a drink or a meal, and discover new wine horizons. You will find on his site winemakers portraits, wine regions reports, but also suggestions of wines, all this more often embellished with beautiful photos that, hopefully, will convince you to travel the world!
Jacky is a wine writer, educator, and Master of Wine candidate. After completing a degree in viticulture, winemaking and international wine commerce in Burgundy, France, Jacky worked harvests in Beaune and the Walker Bay, South Africa. She then managed export sales for a Southern Rhône Valley winery in Gigondas. During her 10-year sojourn in France, Jacky traveled regularly to wine regions across Europe. Since returning to Montréal, Jacky has been focused on sharing her passion for wine through her writing, speaking engagements, and wine education video series.
Charine Tan and Matthew Horkey. In 2015, they left Singapore and their
lucrative careers for a sabbatical trip around the world, and been on the road non-stop ever since. For over three years now, they have been exploring the world through wine. In 2016, they founded the platform Exotic Wine Travel with the goals to promote lesser-known wine regions and unique wines. Through a range of communication outlets and events, they share pertinent information about traveling in various wine destinations, introduce wine lovers to the best of what each place has to offer, and provide anecdotal insights into each region’s peculiarities.
As a trained and passionate sommelier, wine for me is a question of pleasure, passion and constant discovery. The world of wine constantly amazes me as it is in perpetual change and it keeps me on my toes to stay abreast of these changes. Wine should also be fun and as such should not be taken too seriously. That is why I feel that once in a while a bit of humour is needed to bring us back to reality. As for you the readers, I have a responsibility of finding the wines with the best values and I have to entertain you with great stories about various producers we regularly meet. Yeah, that’s it! I feel I need to ‘’Winetertain’’ you!!
I am Italian, sommelier, wine enthusiast and professional writer. From high fashion to refined food and wine, with a Degree in Communication and a Master in Management at Bocconi University, I managed the marketing and communication of a famous Champagne House and then embarked on the adventure of self-employment. Specializing in Social Media Marketing, Digital PR, Content Creation and Storytelling I founded Enozioni and Enogallery. Among my clients I count important winemakers, luxury hotels, chefs and starred restaurants. I write for Elle and Marie Claire Italia and other lifestyle magazines.
During my BAC in Tourism, courses in gastronomy and viticulture gave birth to a great passion for wine. So, I added two degrees in Sommelerie from the Universidad del Tepeyac in México and started to work as assistant sommelier at Pied de Cochon Polanco, Mexico. Since coming to Canada in 2004, I have pursued my studies. I accumulated various courses: Sommellerie ASP, Management at HEC, WSET level 3 and I’ve currently started the WSET diploma process. I now share my experience and discoveries on my personal blog, Ana Wine co.
Founder of KIKICO – Wine Events; Kristine is a graduate sommelier from ITHQ. She’s been making her mark in the restaurant and hospitality industry now for many years and was invited to collaborate at renowned establishments in Quebec: Château Bromont, Fairmont Le Château Montebello, 4 Diamond CAA, Laurie Raphaël Montreal and Manoir Hovey Relais & Château 5-Star Hotel. Inspired by the beautiful region of the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she now has the pleasure of sharing her passion for wine, tourism and gastronomy through the refined event experiences she offers to her private and corporate clientele.
Consulting Sommelier and engineer, trained in France at the University of Wine, François considers there’s passion and genius in wine! Several years of teaching in Canada and abroad made him a fine teacher and a good vulgarizer. Accredited animator for Savori, ITHQ and the SAQ, his training workshops is a unique opportunity for him to share his passion. A great Porto lover (4th Canadian Master of Port and Certified Port Educator), wine glass specialist, “Wine Judges of Canada” member, he takes advantage of his international competitions to fuel his thirst for knowledge. The world of wine is passion, pleasure, discovery and sharing.