Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW became a Member of the Institute of Masters of Wine in 2015. She is a dual Italian/Canadian citizen who left corporate life in Toronto moving to London (UK) where she is based. A respected wine lecturer, she taught wine industry professionals since 2004 at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in London where she is a consultant tutor.

Journalisim: She has authored articles on wines, wine regions and wine-related events in trade publications and WSET journals.

Wine expert: Michelle is a frequent wine expert at major wine shows including Vinitaly, The London Wine Trade Fair, The France Show, Taste of London and the Real Food Show. She has been interviewed and featured in BBC Breakfast, Cooked.com, uk.glam.com , the Food and Wine section of the Independent newspaper and featured in The Shift column of the i newspaper.

Judging: Michelle is a judge for Decanter, the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) and has judged other international competitions including the International Wine Challenge, South Africa’s Veritas and ABSA Pinotage Top Ten competitions, Spain’s Bacchus Competition, Every Day Bordeaux, and Roussillon’s Saint-Bacchus Awards.

Consultancy: Michelle consults to restaurants, wineries and is an ambassador to trade bodies utilising her specialist knowledge of wine areas which include Italy, South Africa, North America and Bordeaux and Bourgogne.

Skills: Communication, Journalism, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge, Wine tourism.

Wine styles: Sparkling wine, Prosecco, Sekt, Still white, Still red.

Wine region expertise: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Marche, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, Piedmont, Veneto/Friuli, Tuscany, Sicily, California, Washington.

Specialisms: Wine judging.