Femmes du Vin was created by Sommelier Emily Pearce-Bibona in 2016 as a social event to bring a community of women in the wine world together.
Our mission is to build out from this strong beginning to bring Emily’s message to a broader community by:
To support this effort, we are expanding Emily’s Femmes du Vin trade event to include a full day of networking, mentoring and educational offerings. At our Toronto event, guests will be exposed to a variety of seminars led by
leading women in the wine industry including some of the world’s top sommeliers, winery executives and others seeking to advance women in the profession.
The Seminar Series
Leveraging the spirit of collaboration, and mentorship seminars are being introduced in 2019. The four seminar categories touch different, and equally important, aspects of the wine industry. These seminars look to identify
opportunities for improvement in the community, and then provide expertise and access for personal and professional growth.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street, Toronto
9:30 - Welcome Coffee
10:00-10:45 - Professional Development
On this panel-led seminar our guest speakers provide insights on how they have managed with success their own personal brand. Out of this seminar attendees should
gain insights on best practices to manage their own personal brand. Panelists include: Angela Aiello (iYellow Wine Club), Michelle Bouffard (Tasting Climate Change), Elyse Lambert (Elyse Lambert).
10:45 -11:30: FEATURED SEMINAR
11:30 - 12:15: MANAGING THE AGENCY & EXECUTIVE WORLD
As we see, movement from being a Sommelier to working for an agency is very typical in the wine industry. This is often not an easy transition, as the roles are not similar. Further, other women start out as an agent and
receive very little on-job training. This seminar would discuss topics such as how to cold call and build a client list, navigating consignment space and client expectations, collecting money, and how to manage effective
communication with your clients. With this seminar women would be better equipped to both transition into this role as well as start out in it. They will be more effective and successful in their roles, resulting in greater financial stability. Finally, honing these skills will advance these women as professionals and enable job advancement.
12:30 - 2:00: TRADE LUNCH AND FEMMES DU VIN WINE TASTING
This is a great opportunity to taste wines poured by agencies and wineries that are supporting the efforts of Femmes du Vin.
2:00 - 2:45: THE BUSINESS OF BEING A SOMMELIER
Some of the very best women sommeliers of the world talk about business management practices and how to succeed from a business perspective. Being a great Sommelier is not just about pouring fine wines tableside and the excitement of working the floor. Great Sommeliers must understand the business of wine.
Breaking into the world of writing and judging can be a challenge. There are no formal paths to acquire the skills, and without training, securing these writing and judging opportunities is difficult. This seminar will teach women how to objectively judge wine. Those in attendance will also receive hands on experience as the seminar will use blind wines, and there will be an open discussion about how these wines should be judged and why.
Published: July 4, 2019
Meet the women of Bordeaux's Château Malartic-Lagravière.
Elyse Lambert is a Master Sommelier and one of Canada's most celebrated women of wine.
Veronique is one of Canada's most celebrated sommeliers and featured panelist at Femmes du Vin (Toronto).
Published: May 6, 2019
Ana Fabiano is one of the world's leading authorities on the wines of Rioja and currently North America Trade Director - DOCa Rioja.