Jennifer’s love affair and studies with wine started over 20 years ago by taking an interest course at the local college in wine studies. From there, she immediately leapt into the Sommelier Certification from ISG graduating top of class, then Diploma of Wine from the Masters of Wine, followed by the Advanced and finally the Master Sommelier Exams-becoming Canada’s first female Master Sommelier in 2011 graduating in Dallas Texas.
Her restaurant industry is vast, starting off in Toronto Restaurants a few decades ago is where she found wine. Jennifer has also worked for Canadian owned Cliff Lede Vineyards based in Napa Valley, and for 7 years ran one of Canada’s top wine programs at MLSE in Toronto, spanning over 6 restaurants and overseeing a multi-million dollar beverage program, while mentoring the properties 11 Sommeliers. Jennifer most recently was employed with California based Jackson Family Wines representing their brands throughout Canada. Jennifer is now writing a book on plant based food & wine matching and feels that this is the next huge wine trend and also is a curator for the popular Gargoyle wine club which sells wine across Canada.
Jennifer has been integral in the Canadian and Ontario Sommelier Competitions, overseeing all technical aspects for the past several years and also assisting on the Canadian Competitions. She is also an active teacher with the Court of Masters, and mentors several Advanced and Master Sommelier Candidates throughout Canada. Jennifer sits on the Board of Directors for Guild Somm and has helped popularize the site and membership throughout Canada and spends a percentage of her work week giving back to the wine community.