Véronique Rivest

Véronique is one of the most respected sommeliers in Canada and abroad, with over thirty years’ experience in the hospitality and retail industries, in education and consulting. Canada’s Best Sommelier from 2006 to 2015, and Best Sommelier of the Americas in 2012, she placed in the top 6 at the World’s Best Sommelier Competition in 2007 and 2010. In March 2013 in Tokyo, she became the first woman to reach the podium at the World’s Best Sommelier Competition, by taking 2nd place.

In 2014, Véronique opened SOIF Wine Bar in Gatineau, Quebec, a place to share and learn around wine.

Named Wine Woman in Paris in 2007, Véronique is also a talented speaker and writer, a set of skills that has led her to teach, broadcast and write in many wine and food magazines, radio and TV programs, to give lectures and train fellow sommeliers around the world. Since 2015, she is the wine columnist for La Presse newspaper, and since 2016 the sommelier for Air Canada.

Beyond all these recognitions, Veronique remains genuine and approachable, with an infectious enthusiasm about sharing the great pleasures of wine.


Mar 08 2023

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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