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.

And if you would like to learn more about wine, you can check out our blog above. Or check out our next online courses and subscribe to our newsletter for updates!

Joanne at SommWine



Wine Growers BC Educator for BC Wine Ambassador Program

executed online BC wine courses

Vancouver International Wine Festival

Wine Writer

sections on aged Napa Valley, Champagne, and aged Italian wines for online auction
2020 - Present

Hosting Private and Virtual Wine Tastings

Whistler, Vancouver BC
2018 - Present

Wine writer, researcher

check out samples of my writing here

2018 - Present

Wine and Spirit Education Trust Approved Program Provider for SommWine

teaching Levels 1-3; Whistler, BC

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 50 Restaurants in Canada; Whistler


Hawksworth Restaurant; sommelier

Voted Top 50 Restaurants in Canada; Vancouver

2009 - 2012

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



Certified Educator Program; New York

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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