Derek Kranenborg 2009


Born in Canada, Derek grew up and was educated in Europe (the Netherlands). When Derek moved back to Canada in 1993, he embarked on an international career in financial services and information technology that landed him, among others, in Spain and Australia. It was in Spain that Derek developed a serious interest in wine and food and he hasn’t looked back since.

Fast forward to 2009 when Derek graduated from the WSET Diploma program. Spanish wine and especially Sherry are still his ultimate passions in wine and specific area of expertise. Derek travels to Europe regularly to visit wine regions in France, Germany and frequently Spain.

After 20 years in financial services, Derek has transitioned successfully into the wine business; first as a buyer of European Wines at the LCBO and currently as Director of Operations for import agencies The Vine and Free House (Ontario) and iconic Ontario winery Cave Spring Cellars.

Derek continues to be an educator and hopes to bring his passionate and enthusiastic but laid back style of teaching to students and wine lovers of all levels of interest and background.

Other credentials:

AIWS (WSET Diploma) Certified Spanish Wine Educator (The Wine Academy of Spain) *Official Sherry Educator (Consejo Regulador of the DO Jerez-Xeres-Sherry)

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