Geraldine Rubino 1988


Geraldine Rubino, WSET Diploma Graduate 1988, was one of the original “Dirty Dozen” and the first female graduate in Canada!

Now retired, Geraldine has made significant contributions to the world of wine as an author, wine writer, educator, television commentator and director of IWEG. The most important part of her involvement with wine, is her collaboration with the first ever Canadian WSET Diploma group. “We worked very hard to set high standards and we initiated Canadian content into the course.”

Some of her many accomplishments are as follows:

Toronto Correspondent for Wine Tidings , Contributing Writer to Rotunda, La Barrique, Echo, LCBO Today, Financial Times, Vino & Olio in Toscano. Wine commentator on a series of programmes shown on Cable TV across Canada. Member of Judging panel for Banco d’Assaggio, VinItaly , Intervin & Sopexa Sommelier Contest. Author of Practical Wine Appreciation Course for The Opimian Society. Wine Tasting Instructor for many wine clubs and professional organizations. Member of Board of Directors of Independent Wine Education Guild. *President of Wine Writers’ Circle.

Geraldine is very proud to have been the first woman to graduate in the WSET Diploma Course in Canada. She is still involved with wine, still learning and still drinking.

“This picture was on the cover of Wine Tidings many years ago. Taken in the Sutton Place dining room featuring Hector Vergara, the first professional sommelier to work in Toronto. I wrote an article for the magazine about Hector who eventually returned to Chile to get into the winemaking business.”

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