Rachel von Sturmer holds the WSET Diploma, is a Wine Judge at the IWSC, a Vinitaly Italian Wine Ambassador, and recipient of a BC Les Dames d’Escoffier wine scholarship.

Rachel's also a professionally trained chef, having finished at the top of her class at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, B.C. The first edition of her guidebook to the best wineries of BC’s Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, Winetripping, was released in 2016. She's currently working with her husband Deacon to renovate an organic vineyard in the Similkameen Valley.

From uncovering the latest wine region to seek out, to breaking down wine jargon, and finding great wines to try, Rachel loves the challenge of making learning about wine fun and accessible.

Rachel is a lively and engaging guest with a passion for all things wine. She's appeared live on Global News and CTV News, and been published on JancisRobinson.com and Wine Enthusiast. 

Audiences appreciate her quick-witted yet practical advice on wine, spirits, and related travel. She's available for wine writing, wine judging, interviews, profiles, and expert commentary.

Some topics Rachel can cover include:

~ Wine reviews, trends & recommendations

~ Wine-related travel & wine tourism in BC's Okanagan and Similkameen

~ Wine in pop culture

~ Wine education (WSET) & learning about wine

~ Running a small organic vineyard

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