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Melissa Pulvermacher, a Toronto-based educator, portfolio manager and wine writer, is also a Wine & Oenology instructor at the University of Guelph and an Intervin (International Wine Awards) judge.

Tony Aspler is an accomplished wine educator and lecturer, the author of a number of books including The Wine Atlas of Canada and was distinguished, in 2012, with the Order of Canada.

Michael Godel, a former chef, is now a principal critic for WineAlign, Canada’s largest wine publication and a judge at the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada and Ontario Wine Awards.

Jennifer Huether was distinguished as Canada’s first female Master Sommelier in 2011. Jennifer is a curator for the Gargoyle Wine Club, mentors Advanced and Master Sommelier candidates across Canada, sits on the Board of Directors for Guild Somm and has been a consultant and advisor to a number of restaurants and wine-makers across North America. Currently, she is writing a book on wine matching and plant-based food.


Magdalena Kaiser serves as director of public relations for the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario. With over 35 years of experience in the wine business, culinary tourism and communications strategy, Magdalena is certified by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET); Magdalena is also currently enrolled in the Master of Wine program.