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Masterclass | Wines of Piedmont

June 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Experience the Piedmont region through the eyes of renowned sommelier Veronique Rivest and increase your knowledge of Italian wines!

The Piedmont (Piemonte) region of  Italy is home to some of the most famous wines in the world – more than 59 distinct regions, from Barolo to Gabiano to Barbera d’Asti. Join acclaimed sommelier Veronique Rivest as she takes a close look at 6 of the finest wines from this Italian region. You’ll learn about – and most importantly taste – a carefully selected series of offerings from some of the best wineries including:

  • Travaglini Gattinara 2018
  • Castello di Neive Barbaresco   
  • Aurelio Settimo Rocche dell’Annunziata Barolo 2017
  • Brachetto d’Acqui Di Rinaldi 2020
  • Fontanafredda Barolo
  • Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi

Nestled between the Mediterranean sea and the southern Alps, Piemonte has some of the best growing conditions for wine grapes in the world, so you won’t want to miss out on this unique experience!

Veronique Rivest is a multiple Canadian and world award winning sommelier. She is also the owner of Soif Bar à vin, a wine bar in Gatineau, QC.

Tickets to attend are limited to 75 people, so register now!

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.

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June 15, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Italian Week Ottawa


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