Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris of House Wine – Food Talks Vancouver Volume 10

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Food Talks Vancouver Volume 10
Theme: Food Talks goes WINE Talks for this edition!
Our speakers will touch on all aspects of the wine industry including British Columbia and beyond.

This evening was organized by Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster.

Topic: “You don’t have to be rich to start a wine cellar”

Speakers shown in this video are:

Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris

Here are their bios, courtesy of foodtalks.ca

Michelle grew up in Québec where she studied classical trumpet and performed, taught and conducted music. She moved to Vancouver in 1996 to finish her bachelor’s degree in classical music and learn English. While serving in fine dining restaurants, she took an introductory wine course, which proved to be a revelation. In 2003, she completed her International Sommelier Diploma with top marks and worked as the resident sommelier at Marquis Wine Cellars. She went on to complete the internationally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma Programme in 2007 with her first year funded by a scholarship awarded by the Vancouver Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. Today Michelle is an instructor for the International Sommelier Guild and is a regular guest on French CBC radio. She speaks fluent French and English. Her defining wine moment was having her soother dipped in Champagne at Baptism but she also fully admits that she often cheats on wine with a delicious beer.

Michelle plays an active role in the wine community, sitting on expert panels for Cornucopia, the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and the Vancouver Magazine wine awards. Her wine travels have led her to the regions of Burgundy, the South of France, Abruzzo, Piedmont, Tuscany, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Napa, Sonoma, Washington, Oregon and the Okanagan. Co-Founder of House Wine, you can follow here @housewine_girls

Michaela spent most of her youth determined to become an actress but a modeling stint in Japan fuelled her desire to travel. She spent several years cycle touring and working her way around Europe before earning a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and French from the University of British Columbia. A one year exchange program led her back to France where she discovered the region of Burgundy and decided to pursue a career in the wine industry. After a five-year tenure at Marquis Wine Cellars, Michaela went on to become the Marketing/Logistics Manager for Liquid Art Fine Wines, a premium-only wine importing company. Michaela was awarded a scholarship by the Vancouver Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier for the internationally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma Programme. She successfully completed her diploma in 2005 and today she is a guest lecturer for the programme. She is fluent in both English and French and continues learning Spanish and Italian. Michaela’s guilty pleasure is lobbing off Champagne corks with a sabre and she has a weakness for anything that sparkles.

A familiar face in the wine scene, Michaela has participated in tasting panels for Les Chevaliers des Vins de France, Cornucopia and the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. She has traveled extensively throughout the wine regions of Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône Valley, Abruzzo, Piedmont, Sardegna, Sicily, Tuscany, Val d’Aosta, Napa, Central Coast, Argentina, New Zealand and the Okanagan. Co-Founder of House Wine, you can follow here @housewine_girls

Food Talks is an evening of expert speakers from the Vancouver Food community.

To hear more speakers from Food Talks please visit geoffmobile.com/blog/category/food-talks-vancouver
or foodtalks.ca

Food Talks Volume 10 was held in Vancouver BC Canada on December 3rd 2013.

Presented by Richard Wolak, twitter.com/VanFoodster

As featured on geoffmobile.com
Presented by Foodtalks.ca and vancouverfoodster.com

Videography by Geoff Peters of Birds in the House Productions birdsinthehouse.com

Filmed at the Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Closing music by Laundryman laundrymanmusic.com used with permission.

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