Happy New Year to you – I hope you had a wonderful time ringing in 2018!


This year holds a number of firsts for me and I am thrilled to share my journey with you. I have been selected by the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) to be a judge for the Canadian wine category.  I put my name forward for Canada, France, and Champagne.  I had no idea if I was going to get anything as the returning judges have first right of refusal, understandably.  Happily, I was selected to judge wines of Canada and I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled.

I fly to London on March 10th and I will stay for a week.  There are only 3 days of judging but I will take the opportunity to visit one of my dearest friends (Kerry Hogan) and her gorgeous family whom I have not seen for far too long.

This will be the first time I have formally ‘judged’ wine.  As a B.C. VQA assessor, I judge wine, yes, but I am looking for faults and imperfections and am not giving scores out of 100.  I am very grateful to Katherine McEachnie, a current IWSC Champagne judge, for putting my name forward to be considered – thank you for believing in me and my abilities.

This is just the first of many adventures planned for this year and I will continue to share our progress on our move to France this June…

Much love.