Fine Vintage wine course instructors are considered amongst the best in the business worldwide.
Lynn Coulthard - Vancouver
Lynn is now in the final year of her Master of Wine studies. She holds the prestigious WSET Diploma, is a certified Sommelier and has qualified as a Spanish Wine Educator through the Wine Academy of Spain. With the study of spirits being a secondary passion she went onto to achieve her Certified Spirits Specialist credentials through the North American Society of Wine Educators.
She has worked in the hospitality and wine retail industries for over 20 years. Her wide range of experience includes over 6 years of Food and Beverage Management with Four Seasons Hotels, three years as Wine Director for both Cin Cin and West restaurants, and has held management positions with Liberty Wine Merchants running some of the largest stores in B.C.
Lynn is mad about wine and exudes passion when she teaches. Her laid back and entertaining style is always a big hit. She has traveled extensively, spending time in several wine regions such as Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany and the Americas. She has also run courses for the Canadian government's BCLDB, Fairmont Hotels and Qatar Airways in the Middle East. Lynn is the lead instructor for Fine Vintage and travels extensively to teach. In addition to working with Fine Vintage she teaches the wine programs for UBC Continuing Studies. You'll love Lynn!
Marnie Harfield - Calgary
Marnie Harfield, based in Calgary, has taught thousands of wine lovers in Texas, Arizona, and Alberta. She spent a year at Brock University taking Viticulture and Oenology, returning west to pursue her wine education, eventually achieving both the WSET Diploma and ISG Diploma. She strives to continually update her knowledge and education.
She is a qualified Sommelier and has spent over 20 years in the hospitality industry, including managing and running wine programs at a host of fine dining restaurants. She has in-depth knowledge on food and wine pairing, and experience building award winning wine lists.
She has almost 10 years of experience in wine education. To enhance her classroom experience, she has furthered her education with an Adult Educator Certificate. Her dynamic style is down-to-earth, interactive, informative and fun.
David Lawrason - Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal
David has been a wine writer and educator since 1986. Formerly wine columnist for the Globe and Mail and founder ofWine Access Magazine, he is currently writing for Toronto Life and Ottawa magazines, and he is also VP of WineAlign.com, Canada's busiest wine review website. He is also National Wine Advisor to the Gold Medal Plates Olympic fundraising program. Over the years he has conducted hundreds of wine classes and seminars for consumer, corporate and trade clients, including sommelier programs at Humber, Niagra and George Brown Colleges in Ontario.
Michael Bartier - Okanagan
Michael Bartier is a consulting winemaker based in Penticton, BC. Michael started his career working in sales with a wine importing company and soon made the move over to the production side of winemaking. Working his way through the ranks in the cellar, Michael quickly made a name for himself. He first established a reputation at the Canadian Wine Awards as a white wine maker with Canada's White wine Of The Year award twice in three years, and then as a red wine maker with multiple and consecutive Lieutenant Governor's Awards for his Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Red Blend. The hallmark of Michael's winemaking career is that his wines, regardless of style or colour, are consistently at a very high level. He understands the importance of personality and place in a wine and always strives for these in his wines.
He is well travelled in the wine industry, having haunted some of the greatest cellars in France, the US, and Australia. He is a perpetual student, "tagging" regions annually, learning what the best and brightest in those regions are up to.
Filippo Magnani - Tuscany, Italy
Filippo Magnani lives in Tuscany and is one of the most respected wineauthorities in the region. Why? He is responsible for the major press tours and student trips to the region for the local governments, and takes over 1000 people per year to visit the great estates. He has in-depth knowledge of Tuscany and all Italian regions.
He has the WSET Diploma, speaks German, Engish and French. He’s visited many of the world’s wine regions. He is a writer for Vinicolo magazine, and a member of the prestigious Circle of Wine Writers. Most of all Filippo is fun, outgoing, entertaining and a great instructor.
Katherine McEachnie - British Columbia
In terms of qualifications, Katherine is in the final year of the Master of Wine program, holds the WSET Diploma, is a French Wine Scholar, and a certified Wine Educator. She has studied Viticulture and Wine Production at Plumpton College in England, at UC Davis in California, and The Wine Academy in the south of France. Frankly, she's a walking encyclopedia.
Katherine has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years, including a job as a Buyer for BC Liquor Stores. She currently serves as a Judge at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London and has travelled to almost every single wine region on the planet. If you'd like to know something about wine then ask Katherine.
David Munro - British Columbia
Dave has fifteen years of experience as an educator. He has taught the wine programme for a nation-wide restaurant chain in Canada, spoken at conferences in New Zealand, and even had a live-to-air wine and cooking show in Japan. His contagious enthusiasm and humour, balanced by a structured learning environment, enable students to improve their knowledge, skills, and confidence.
He passed his WSET Diploma while working as a Manager at a major retailer in Vancouver. Extensive overseas travels have taken him to the vast majority of wine producing regions, from the Okanagan to Central Otago, and from Hungary to the Hunter Valley. These travels have provided him with the opportunity to have first-hand experience with the terroir, winemakers, local culture and cuisine unique to each respective region. Dave is now embarking on the Master of Wine.
Catherine has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality and wine industry. She has worked in sales & marketing, retail, and merchandising for several international wine companies including Treasury Wine Estates and Mark Anthony Brands. Catherine has also ran a wine import agency specializing in premium French wines. She has also worked for Wines of Argentina, Wine Australia, the California Wine Institute and Wines of South Africa.
Catherine has taken not only the WSET courses but also the ISG courses. She has travelled extensively throughout France, New Zealand, Argentina, Canada, and the United States. Her relaxed style and her caring are always appreciated by students.
Steeve Bryden - British Columbia
Steeve has travelled extensively through the wine regions of Europe, South America, Australasia and North America, and is set to complete the prestigious WSET Diploma in the spring of 2012. A self-professed aromaphile, he's been fascinated by scents ever since he was young. To him, wine is intriguing because the array of aromas is so wide-ranging.
An enthusiastic educator for more than 15 years, he obtained a BA in History from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Adult Education from the University of Cambridge. He is an engaging, dynamic presenter whose classes are fun and instructional. When not having his favourite glass of wine, he enjoys yoga, photography, learning new languages, sailing, and running with his dog, Tango.
Brent Fraser - Ontario
Brent has over 17 years experience in the hospitality and wine business. Brent holds Diplomas from both the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the International Sommelier Guild (ISG) and has traveled extensively throughout the great wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.. He is currently the Sommelier at the prestigious Granite Club in Toronto where he oversees the wine program.