Joanne DiGeso

Wine Educator, Judge, Writer, Seminar Presenter, Creator Sommwine

Joanne DiGeso, founder of Sommwine

As a wine director and sommelier, the best part about my job was finding the perfect bottle of wine for each guest. Now a wine teacher, I relish those aha moments shared with my students when discovering new wines.

On these pages, we'll be discussing a beautiful elixir called wine. We'll learn about the places and people who make the wine, how to describe it, and how to choose the next bottle.

So check out the blog section of this site to learn more about wine and download some free materials. If you are looking for a complete course on wine, check for our next online courses or subscribe to our newsletter for updates!

Joanne at SommWine



WSET Approved Program Provider for SommWine

+ WSET certified wine educator

Recurring since 2015

Wine Judge

+ Seminar Presenter

Cornucopia; Whistler

2016 / 2017

Panel Moderator

Top Drop; Whistler + Vancouver


Bearfoot Bistro; wine director + sommelier

Voted Top 100 Restaurants in Canada; Whistler


Hawksworth Restaurant; sommelier

Voted Top 100 Restaurants in Canada; Vancouver


Four Season's Resort; sommelier + server



VinItaly International Academy Scholarship 2017

Les Dames D’Escoffier Scholarship 2016

British Columbia Hospitality Scholarship 2015

Whistler’s Top Sommelier 2010


2018 completed


Levels 1-4; The Art Institute of Vancouver


VinItaly International Wine Academy

Certified Italian Wine Ambassador; Verona, Italy


International Sommelier Guild Advanced Certification


University of British Columbia

Undergraduate Degree; Sociology


Wine educator 91%
Wine Writer 72%
Seminar Presenter 71%
Wine Judge 61%
Staff Wine Training 85%
Wine Service 100%
Panel Moderator 52%


With many years experience working at swank restaurants. I’m currently studying to apply for the Master of Wine program and writing an online wine program. You can contact me to prepare wine seminars for staff training or create a wine tasting for your friends.

I call Whistler – the famous ski resort – home.

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