Joanne DiGeso

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

Joanne has spent much of her wine life working in swanky places such as the Four Seasons in Whistler and two of the top 50 restaurants of Canada where she worked as a sommelier (Hawksworth Restaurant) and as a wine director of the largest cellar in Western North America (the Bearfoot Bistro).

In 2018, Joanne started her own wine business called SommWine where she now teaches certified Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses, hosts private and public wine tastings and acts as a wine judge and wine seminar moderator.

Who is this Joanne? Think zen master meets the female version of Dionysus the Greek god of grape harvests, winemaking, religious ecstasy and ritual madness. As a metaphorical flame thrower, Joanne will break down people’s barriers to learning. Her classes have 2 rules; No oenophobes allowed and no prisoners taken.

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Joanne at SommWine

Experience

2018-Present

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

2012-2016

Bearfoot Bistro; wine director + sommelier

Voted Top 100 Restaurants in Canada; Whistler

2016/17

Hawksworth Restaurant; sommelier

Voted Top 100 Restaurants in Canada; Vancouver

2009-2012

Four Season's Resort; sommelier + server

Whistler

AWards

VinItaly International Academy Scholarship 2017

Les Dames D’Escoffier Scholarship 2016

British Columbia Hospitality Scholarship 2015

Whistler’s Top Sommelier 2010

Education

2018 completed

DipWSET

Levels 1-4; The Art Institute of Vancouver

2016

VinItaly International Wine Academy

Certified Italian Wine Ambassador; Verona, Italy

2012

International Sommelier Guild Advanced Certification

previously...

University of British Columbia

Undergraduate Degree; Sociology

Skills

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

About

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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