Wine Love Wine Lust is home for the wine blog of Deborah Wickins, and also an irreverent, informative, entertaining source of wine information for wine fans at every level of knowledge. The blog on this site was created to document Deborah’s studies towards sommelier certification, but although those exams have recently been back burnered, is still offering insights and opinions about wines, grapes, books, events, and the occasional restaurant review as well (for what is wine without fabulous food to enhance it?)
It can be said that Deborah became a fan of wine as a youngster, secretly sipping the after-party dregs of her parents’ guests’ glasses of Mateus and Baby Duck. Her drink of choice at high school parties was Andrés Baby Champagne – for the sophistication factor it imbued, of course. Since then, her palate has refined somewhat, and wine became a true calling back in 2005, when she enrolled in her first wine appreciation class in Ottawa. Back in Victoria, Deborah started her wine studies with the International Sommelier Guild in 2006 and has completed all coursework for certification through the Sommelier Diploma program – with only the final exams to write.
Deborah is a career educator. During the past fifteen years, she has had the opportunity to develop and deliver Masters degree programming in Guadalajara, Mexico; Grenoble, France; Dubai, UAE; and in Tehran, Iran. She has traveled to more than a dozen countries in four continents and looks forward to every opportunity to experience more. She is a member of the Victoria Wine Society and the Opimian Wine Society of Canada, and is working towards membership in The Wine Century Club, for those who have tasted wines made from 100 or more grape varieties (current tally = 62). In her spare time, Deborah is passionate about music, travel, languages, cooking, reading, and, of course, wine.
Wine Love Wine Lust offers wine education and consulting services. Private tasting events (for gatherings of any kind: reunions, stags/stagettes, corporate client appreciation events) are offered at homes, businesses and event destinations. Wine appreciation classes are taught to audiences of 5 to 30 students. Restaurant wine programs are developed for smaller establishments who cannot afford an on-site sommelier. Cellar management programs are developed for wine fans at any stage of their acquisition strategy. Tours and cruises are hosted to different destinations around the world. For more details, click on the Consulting Services tab.