Femmes du Vin: Empowering and Inspiring Women of Wine

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:

  1. Positively impacting the community through networking events
  2. Developing mentorship programs
  3. Providing opportunities for members to grow and succeed in the field
  4. Providing educational opportunities developed through a lens of personal growth
  5. Providing support systems to enable the community to succeed

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.

Toronto Event Schedule (August 18):

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.

2:45 - 3:30: FEATURED SEMINAR

3:30 - 4:15: WOMEN’S WINE WRITER CIRCLE

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.

4:30: MESSAGES FROM OUR PRESENTING SPONSORS & CLOSING REMARKS

Our Featured Panelists

  • Emily Pearce-Bibona, MS Candidate, Founder Femmes du Vin
  • Elyse Lambert, MS, (5th Place, ASI World’s Best Sommelier 2016)
  • Veronique Rivest (2nd Place, ASI World's Best Sommelier 2013)
  • Julie DuPouy (3rd Place, ASI World's Best Sommelier 2016)
  • Angela Aiello (iYellow Wine Club)
  • Michelle Bouffard (MW Candidate, Founder Tasting Climate Change)
  • Michaela Morris (MW Candidate, Contributor Decanter, Meininger's Wine Business)
  • Renée Sferrazza (Heirloom Vine Imports)
  • Sheila Flaherty (Halpern)
  • Magdalena Kaiser (Director, PR & Marketing, VQA Wines of Ontario) MD
  • And many more....