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June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Experience Italy through the eyes of master sommelier Véronique Rivest and increase your knowledge of Italian wines! In-person participants will taste a flight of wines hand-selected by our sommelier! Light refreshments to complement the wine selection will be provided.

Véronique Rivest is a multiple Canadian and world award-winning sommelier. She is also owner of Soif Bar à vin, a wine bar in Gatineau, Québec. Let her take you on a tour of wine fundamentals from Abruzzo to Veneto!

Tickets to attend in-person are limited to 50 people, so register now!

You may attend online at no charge and Italian Week Ottawa will send you a list of shopping items to pick up in advance.

About Véronique Rivest

Sommelier Véronique Rivest got her start in the hospitality industry at 16 when she began working in a restaurant in the ByWard Market. She completed some of her university studies in France, where she spent seven years and worked part-time in a winery. In 1996 Véronique graduated from the Sommelier program at Algonquin College.

After three decades in the hospitality industry Véronique won Canada’s Best Sommelier competition in 2006 and repeated her win in 2012. She won the Wine Woman Award in Paris in 2007 and Best Sommelier of the Americas in 2012. At the World’s Best Sommelier competition, she placed in the top 12 in 2007 and 2010, and captured second place at the same competition in Tokyo in 2013. She was the first woman to appear on the podium in the history of the competition.

After 12 years of competing, and in 2014 she opened Soif Bar à vin in Gatineau. Just one year later, it was named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in Canada by enRoute Magazine. In 2017 she was named the airline’s official sommelier, tasked with selecting wines for airline’s business class customers.

* Please note that due to event size and menu we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions.

In-Person Ticket : $45.00 – Attend the in-person masterclass at Sala San Marco

Masterclass Bundle: $100.00 – Attend all three masterclasses and SAVE 15%

Virtual Ticket: Free – Watch the live stream version of the masterclass.


June 16
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Sala San Marco Event & Conference Centre
215 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R1
Ottawa, K1R 7R1 CA
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