Michelle grew up in Québec where she studied classical trumpet and performed, taught and conducted music. She moved to Vancouver in 1996 to finish her bachelor’s degree in classical music and learn English. While serving in fine dining restaurants, she took an introductory wine course, which proved to be a revelation. Working as a flight attendant with Air Canada was the perfect opportunity to explore her new passion. Michelle broadened her culinary and vinous horizons by traveling to countries such as Germany, England, China and Japan.
In 2003, she completed her International Sommelier Diploma with top marks and today she teaches for the International Sommelier Guild. From 2003 to 2006, she was the resident sommelier at Marquis Wine Cellars, a local private wine store. Michelle continued her wine education with the completion of the internationally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma Programme in 2007. Her first year was funded by a scholarship awarded by the Vancouver Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.
Michelle plays an active role in the wine community, sitting on expert panels for Cornucopia, the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and the Vancouver Magazine wine awards. She is also a regular guest on French CBC radio. Her wine travels have led her to the regions of Burgundy, the South of France, Abruzzo, Piedmont, Tuscany, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Napa, Sonoma, Washington, Oregon and the Okanagan. Michelle speaks fluent French and English.