Barb is the Manager of Continuing Education and Outreach for the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). She has been with CCOVI since the very beginning and with the university for 30 years now. She has completed the WSET Intermediate and Advanced Awards in Wines and Spirits and is an approved WSET Examinations Officer.
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Peter Bodnar Rod
Peter is a twenty-three year veteran of the food and drinks business. From wine educator, award-winning sommelier, wine sales & marketing associate to restaurant manager and winery consultant, wine has always been a big part of his life. He completed his B.Comm. in 1989 at the University of Guelph and two years later, earned his sommelier certification through the Canadian Sommelier Guild in Toronto. He completed the intermediate and advanced certificates of the WSET in the mid 90’s and earned his WSET Diploma in 1999.
He has been an instructor with the International Sommelier Guild since 2000 and is now a Curriculum Department Head. Peter has taught the WSET Intermediate Certification and has been an approved assessor of the Advanced Certificate since 2003. In 2008 he was a sessional instructor of wine studies at both the University of Guelph and Niagara College. In March of 2009 he was awarded the prestigious VQA Promote the Promoters Award for Education.
As sommelier & restaurant manager, Peter has worked at fine establishments in Ontario and British Columbia known for their world-class cuisine and innovative, award-winning wine programs. In 2004, he won the Toronto Renaissance Blind Tasting Challenge and has also won bronze at both the 1997 Canadian finals of the Grand Prix de Sopexa du Sommelier and the 1998 Canadian finals of the World Sommelier Championships. In 2000, he was named top sommelier by the BCRFA and two years earlier was named one of Canada’s top sommeliers in Wine Access Magazine. Peter was also named Top Sommelier in Ontario at the Ontario Wine Awards in 2006.
He’s had the great honour of judging the Canadian Wine Awards twice and also be on the selection committee for the Ontario Hostelry Institute Top 30 under 30. As wine salesman, he had the pleasure of working with Mission Hill Family Estate winery for almost 4 years as Director of Trade Development in Eastern Canada and more recently he spent two and a half years helping Tannin Fine Wines Ltd. to establish and develop a sales office in Ontario.
Rob is a southern Ontario native; born in Peterborough, grew up in Owen Sound and Guelph. After high school he went to the University of Toronto and meandered aimlessly through an Arts and Science degree, graduating in 1985. This degree led to gainful employment in restaurants (in order to pay off some onerous student loans) until in 1989 he was lucky to be hired as a bartender at the venerable Le Select Bistro, despite answering truthfully to an interview question about his wine knowledge with the pithy comment "White and Red". For those of you unfamiliar with it, Le Select had (and has) one of the largest, most comprehensive wine lists in Canada. As a result, Rob's vinous ignorance was short-lived. He was promoted to bar manager and spent the next 8 years studying and tasting wines from around the world, culminating in a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in the UK.
In 1997, by now far more interested in great French oak than great French restaurants, Rob started looking for a place to study winemaking. Fate again intervened when Brock University opened the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. Rob graduated at the top of the first graduating class from the Oenology and Viticulture program. He was hired as assistant winemaker at Creekside Estate Winery in late April, 2000 - he started the day after his graduation ceremony (sporting a monstrous hangover!).
In 2002, Rob and cellarmaster Craig McDonald were asked to take over the winemaking reins at Creekside when the founding winemaker moved back to Australia. Making wine with the Creekside team, while dealing with the slings and arrows of outrageous climate and recalcitrant machinery, remains one of the pleasures of his life.
Receiving many wine awards (four Cuvee Gold at the 2009 awards ceremony) are all taken in stride by this humble winemaker. Accolades are all met with his infectious sense of humour and zest for all things "pithy".
For the past 14 years, Chris has worked as a professional wine writer and educator based in Ontario. As co-founder and editor of VINES, a consumer wine magazine distributed across the country, he oversees the story development, assignment and packaging of each issue as well as specific content created for print and online. In addition Chris is a staff member of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute teaching Wine Appreciation I and II and the Introduction to the Wines of Ontario. He completed the Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits and is an approved assessor for the WSET. Chris is also a tutored tasting consultant for the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in Toronto and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. He has been a wine judge for the Ontario Wine Awards, International Value Wine Awards, Canadian Wine Awards, the International Eastern Wine Competition, the Cuvée Wine Awards and the Experts' Tasting. His weekly wine column, Waters & Wine, is syndicated across the Sun Media chain.
Lastly, but certainly not least - Chris is also a Member of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada.