Robin Sirutis 1989
I was working at the LCBO in the early 80’s; trying to find my niche in this company; my boss at the time said you need to work in product – it is the most exciting place to work - he found out about this course WSET - he told me take this course - I took it and I was hooked!
I have been fortunate enough to work in many roles within the LCBO related to wine.
I worked in VINTAGES department at head office in 1987, I moved to a role as Product Consultant in Retail Stores from 1991 - to 2001. Then I returned to VINTAGES head office in 2001 to present in my current role as Manager, Licensee Programs.
I am planning on retiring in 3 years from the LCBO; so I am in that transition stage of what will I do next…I will always be involved with wine and the wine industry in some way.
During my Diploma studies with IWEG, my bible was Jancis Robinson’s book WINE.
I was fortunate enough to meet her years later at a tasting in Toronto and I told her that her book was the reason I had passed!
Of course at the time I took the Diploma, I felt overwhelmed with studying, working and having a 2 year old – he is 19 now! But I remember after it was all over I was so happy I had taken the Diploma!!
Wine is such a lovely pursuit in life - I have met so many people through wine - people I would never have met – I loved selling wine to people; you really see how passionate people are: from extremely wealthy to your average Joe all united by this juice.
Wine has been a gift to my life; I hope I can pass this gift on to my son!