Our Experts

Spring 2017 PATRON: VERONIQUE RIVEST

Veronique is one of the most respected sommeliers in Canada and abroad, with over twenty five years experience in the hospitality and retail industries, as well as in education and consulting. Canada’s Best Sommelier in 2006 and 2012, and Best Sommelier of the Americas in 2012, she placed in the top 12 at The World’s Best Sommelier Competition in 2007 and 2010. In March 2013, she became the first woman ever to make a podium at the World’s Best Sommelier Competition in Tokyo, by taking 2nd place, the highest ranking ever for a sommelier from the American continent.

In 2014, Veronique opened SOIF Wine Bar in Gatineau, a place to share, exchange 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 the most prestigious wine and food magazines, radio and TV programs, and to give lectures around the world. Since 2015, she is the wine columnist for La Presse.

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


dsc_0024_3AUCTIONEER: STEPHEN RANGER
Stephen Ranger has over 25 years experience in the art world as an auctioneer, specialist appraiser and consultant. Stephen pioneered the sale of Fine Wine at auction in Canada and has been involved in some of the highest grossing sales of art and wine at auction in the last ten years. In addition, Stephen is deeply committed to serving his community and contributes his services and expertise to over twenty events each year. In 2011, Stephen founded Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects, to develop the auction market for Contemporary Canadian Art. Stephen is Vice President, Business Development for Waddington’s, Canada’s leading auctioneers.

www.rangerfineart.com


APPRAISER: ROBERT JULL

Mr. Jull is the owner of Vinifera Wine Services that was established in 1988. He is a wine importer, specializing in high quality regional French, Italian, and Ontario wines. Robert travels to Europe a minimum of two times a year, and tastes in all major French, and Italian viticultural regions.  Vinifera currently represents  approximately 70 high quality domaines. Robert has been involved in wine appraisal for the Toronto Symphony’s Fine Wine Auction since 1990, and was the appraiser, and consultant, for the first five LCBO, Vintages Fine Wine Auctions. In addition, Robert has been doing wine appraisals for insurance and property dispute situations since 1993, including assessment of perils, and tasting.

Currently Robert works in the capacity of appraiser for 15-20 annual charitable wine auction events. He has extensive international purchasing experience at auction, wholesale and retail levels.