Shawn Dore 2003


Shawn Dore, AIWS/DWS/Sommelier, has a down-to-earth, New World, approach to wine. Shawn is often quoted as saying, "my wine philosophy is very simple, drink what you enjoy. Wine events and education should be enjoyable experiences, designed to educate rather then intimidate."

Shawn is a graduate of the internationally recognized Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, United Kingdom. She gained Sommelier certification with the Sommelier Guild of Canada.

Shawn is a National Education Director with The Charmer Sunbelt Group. In this role she assists in development and facilitation of multi level, multi media, wine, spirit and beer educational programs to be utilized in the 15 markets the Charmer Sunbelt Group distributes alcohol beverages.

Prior to joining Charmer Sunbelt, Shawn was Director of Wine for the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ and championed Borgata to accolades such as; Wine Spectators Best of Award of Excellence for Specchio at the Borgata, plus retaining Wine Spectators Award of Excellence for Ombra, Suilan and Old Homestead; and also gained the property a Sante Award, and the Cheers Magazine Best Overall Beverage Program award. As well, she was the key component of the inaugural Borgata wine event ‘Women in Wine’ which drew attendance of 1200 people. With Shawn as Wine Director, Borgata hosted the very successful Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour event and Cigar Aficionado.

Among Shawn’s wine career accomplishments she developed and operated Sommelier Services Incorporated, an independent wine consultant service that offered corporate and personal tastings for dinners, client entertainment & breakout sessions; professional cellar management; education and expert guidance to restaurant groups in wine list and cellar / beverage management, service and menu pairing.

Prior to forming Sommelier Services, Shawn was the Sommelier for such noted Wine Spectator award winning Toronto restaurants as Café Brussels, Chiaro’s and Accolade.

Shawn is a regular invited guest sommelier at such world class wine and food events such as Wine Spectator’s Wine Experience, Master’s of Food & Wine, La Paulee and World of Pinot Noir. She is thought of as a leading wine educator and is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at many wine events and dinners internationally. Some of her other professional activities have included: teaching Wine Studies at Toronto’s internationally acclaimed Culinary Institute, George Brown College; wine judging; writing; panel tastings and analysis.

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