The Wine Coaches are dedicated to helping others discover and enjoy wine. Certified sommeliers, educators, and authors of Clueless about Wine, we specialize in providing customized wine-themed events to groups of all sizes.  In 2009 we were recognized as Tourism Ambassadors of the Year by the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association.

Here is what a few of our clients have to say:

“Cheers to The Wine Coaches!  They were not only knowledgeable, but also fun and personable. Throughout the night they were able to judge the mood and interests of the crowd and adapt their presentation style, moving comfortably between tables talking to guests or addressing the whole crowd. Guests have since commented that they felt encouraged and comfortable asking questions, even those who profess they are clueless about wine. Ric and Jocelyn showed incredible care and thoughtfulness in understanding the history of the event, the atmosphere we were trying to create, and the profile of our guests’ knowledge. They thought of every detail so that we didn’t have to, which made for the most worry-free and relaxing of events for us. It was an absolutely enjoyable experience working with The Wine Coaches. From event planning to the evening itself they were a class act all the way!”

L.W., Wine Tasting Coordinator, Dufferin Marsh Committee

“Thank you for hosting the Italian Gourmet Night here at Greystone Golf Club. As one of the prestige clubs within the ClubLink Corporation, we strive to exceed our member’s expectations every time. Your efforts helped us to achieve this goal.  You analyzed our Chef’s menu and selected a different wine to enhance each course. The wine program was chosen within my budget and time constraints. All of our guests certainly enjoyed the evening and you were an integral part of one of our premier member events. Without hesitation, I would choose The Wine Coaches again.”

K.M., Asst F&B Manager, Greystone Golf Club

“We would like to thank you for the superb wine presentation you made at our 40th Anniversary event. Our friends and family are still abuzz with comments about the delightful, unique evening that it was. The wine presentation and food were timed at exactly the right intervals, allowing our group of guests enough time to continue to mingle with others after each tasting. Well done – an evening we will always remember.”

D.G. & B.G.

“Thank you so much for the lovely evening of entertainment and education. I have had lots of positive feedback from our friends. We will certainly recommend your services to others!”


“The wine tasting bridal shower was a great success! Everyone had a wonderful time, tasted some fabulous wines, and left the shower a little more educated about wine tasting. Thank you for the copy of Clueless about Wine. We look forward to reading the book and sampling some wine from our new collection!”

C.P. and J.L.

On the subject of wine preservation, the Le Verre de Vin system that we sell in Canada also operates at the heart of more than 40,000 wine programs around the World. It is used by most of the leaders in the industry. Here is what a few of them have to say:

“Wine sales have increased significantly since we installed the Tower.   We are now well known for selling all our wines by the glass.   With the Tower, you’ve got the power!” Matthew Bach Jamieson, Chef/Co-Owner, Forage Restaurant, Orangeville, Ontario

“The Pod Bar is a fantastic addition to our bar operation… it allows us to offer a perfect ‘by-the-glass’ service while marketing the range to our customers in the most contemporary manner available… we love it!” Philippe Cauviere – WWW Shop & Bar – Nairobi – Kenya

“We have been using Le Verre de Vin for nearly seven years… we know that there are other commercial preservation systems on the market, but we chose Le Verre de Vin because it does the best job for our business and our wines” Gaia Gaja – GAJA Winery – Italy

“Every glass of wine served has been in the condition the wine maker intended.” Silvano Giraldin – Le Gavroche – London (UK)

“Since the club began using the wine preservation system wine by the glass revenues are up 32% a much wider and higher end selection is available to a much appreciative clientèle  As a service director and wine enthusiast I would endorse this system for any fine establishment looking to offer the best in wine preservation to their clientèle.” Matthew Higgins – Service Director – University Club – San Diego – USA

“For us at Hakkasan, it’s about maintaining quality.  We are not looking to increase our by-glass offering, we simply want to serve every glass of wine, whether still or sparkling, in good condition.  We have installed a Le Verre de Vin machine in every restaurant we’ve ever opened, and will continue to do so.” Christine Parkinson (Group Buyer Hakkasan, Wine & Non-Food)

“During the initial 4 months of the program 60,000 glasses of wine were sold. And all of them owe their quality and freshness to Le Verre de Vin.” Rick Hummrich, Director of Purchasing, Starwood Europe

“The Pod Bar has recently been tested by Taittinger’s Oenologist’s and quality control team… and I can confirm that it is the best Champagne preservation system we have ever experienced.” Dominique Garreta, Marketing and Communication Director, Champagne Taittinger, France