Determined to become an actress, Michaela spent most of her youth singing, acting and dancing. After finishing high school, a modeling stint in Japan fuelled her desire to travel. She spent several years cycle touring and working her way around Europe. Michaela returned to Vancouver to earn a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and French from the University of British Columbia, funding her studies by working in fine dining restaurants. A one year exchange program led her back to France where she discovered the wine region of Burgundy. It was here that she decided to pursue a career in the industry.
She enrolled in the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) classes and was awarded a scholarship by the Vancouver Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier for the WSET's Diploma Programme. She successfully completed the programme in 2005 and is currently a guest lecturer for the WSET Diploma. After a five-year tenure at Marquis Wine Cellars, Michaela worked for four years as the Marketing/Logistics Manager for Liquid Art Fine Wines, a premium-only wine importing company.
A familiar face in the wine scene, Michaela has participated on tasting panels for Les Chevaliers des Vins de France, Cornucopia and the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. She has traveled extensively throughout the wine regions of Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône Valley, Abruzzo, Piedmont, Tuscany, Sardegna, Sicily, Tuscany, Val d'Aosta, Napa, Central Coast, Argentina, New Zealand and the Okanagan. She is fluent in both English and French and continues learning Spanish and Italian.