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What is WineVirgin.ca all About?

Sam Jonas, director at WineVirgin.ca.

Sam Jonas, director at WineVirgin.ca.\Sam Jonas is founder of WineVirgin.ca and has background expertise in working both the hospitality and culinary fields. His passion has always been to combine both fields with a true wine and culinary experience. To expand his knowledge of the wine industry he travelled to many wine regions including Ontario, Napa Valley CA, Finger Lakes of NY, Ohio and Michigan. Sam’s thirst and passion for sharing his knowledge of the wine and culinary experience has compelled him to start up WineVirgin.ca.

We're excited you've chosen us to help you discover everything good about the food and wine lifestyle, with some Help from our GURU Experts.

Michael Pinkus, The Wine Guy

Michael Pinkus, The Wine GuyMichael is an award-winning journalist, plus national and international wine judge. His accolades include past president (2010 - 2015) of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada, Head writer at Michael Pinkus Wine Review plus writing for publications like Tidings, Grapevine, Edible Toronto and Destination Magazine. His  current effort is a Podcast called Two Guys Talking Wine with Andre Proulx. Michael's passionate and love affair with wine began 20 years ago.

Looking for an entertaining and lively personality for your next event? Contact Michael today. visit: michaelpinkuswinereview.com

Bob Lipinski, International Wine Expert

Bob Lipinski, International Wine ExpertBob Lipinski is our International Wine Expert with a Certified Sommelier designation from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Bob has written ten books on wine, spirits and food. He has  conducted many seminars worldwide, presentations to Fortune 500 companies and even to the Executive Staff at The White House. Bob has had television and radio experience as a host, writer, and guest. He's worked as a consulting enologist and viticulturist and held executive-level sales positions in training and sales within the Wine & Spirits industry; as well a College Professor of Management & Marketing at New York Institute of Technology and as a visiting Professor at the Culinary Institute of America.


Looking for an engaging professional speaker and entertainer; visit www.BobLipinski.com

Shawn Murphy, Niagara Culinary Expert

Shawn Murphy, Niagara Culinary ExpertShawn Murphy is the executive-chef of Dine by the Vine Hospitality and Your Farm Gate. For the past sixteen-years he worked in places like Fogo Island, Montreal, Toronto and throughout the Niagara Region. Born and raised in Niagara and he grew up around the region's farms, wineries and restaurants as well as studying at Culinary Management at Niagara College, Wine study at Brock University and Sommelier training at the International Sommelier Guild.

Shawn, believes utilizing fresh, seasonal and local ingredients combined with his passion for cooking creates tempting dishes your guests will truly enjoy!

Visit him for some fresh and creative catering ideas: http://www.yourfarmgate.ca/

Nancy Croce, Event Planning Expert

Nancy Croce, Event Planning ExpertNancy Croce is the principal owner of Niagara based Croce Creative, a leading producer of eventful experiences. She is highly creative, intuitive, detailed and an experienced facilitator who always strives for excellence. Nancy is a highly sought after event consultant who's expertise ranges from creative development, production, staging, management and events marketing. And, also specializes in corporate/private galas, fashion shows, public relations events, entertainment, tradeshows, promotions, meeting and conference planning as well as product branding/launches.

Her accolades include being nominated for 2015 Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and 3 time finalist in the Annual Canadian Event Perspective Magazine Star Awards.

Looking for an experienced and creative planner for your upcoming company event or corporate function, contact Nancy today. https://www.crocecreative.com/