Sarah Goddard 2011
Q: How did your journey in the world of wines and spirits begin?
A: I was an elementary school teacher for several years, and during that time I took a few introductory wine courses and taught myself about wine as a hobby. Eventually my passion grew and I decided to leave teaching to pursue wine full-time.
Q: Where has this journey taken you?
A: I am currently employed as Assistant Sommelier at a Toronto restaurant, and I’m an instructor for IWEG and the Humber College School of Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism. I provide consulting services, lead tastings at numerous private events, and I am a wine writer and blogger (www.sommelierscribbler.com). I’m also a member of the Board of Directors of The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers – Ontario Chapter. In 2011, I had the fascinating experience of working the grape harvest in Burgundy.
Q: What are your plans for future adventures in the world of wines and spirits?
A: I would like to continue to travel to the wine regions of the world and learn as much as I can about this beautiful liquid. In a few years I would like to attempt the MW program.
Q: Outstanding memories of your studies with IWEG – favourite books, tasting with friends, inspiring moments, white-knuckle moments……...?
A: The tasting group that was formed at the beginning of the Diploma program still continues to meet (although not as frequently as we would like). It’s great fun to taste wine with friends who share the same passion. One of the best memories I have is attending the WSET Diploma graduation ceremony in London, England. What a great evening!