Armed with his MBA from the Bordeaux International Wine Institute, where he worked as a négociant and gained experience working in winemaking, Nicholas moved back to Ontario from France in 2009 and started importing wines from small properties around Europe.
Starting as a one-man operation, he began building the NPW business case by case, and eventually assembled a passionate and talented team (who you can learn more about below) along with an amazing roster of winemakers and vigneron from around the world.
Director of Operations & Sommelier
Michelle enrolled in the International Sommelier Guild's intro to wine course as a hobby, which quickly into a passion. She completed her Sommelier Diploma with ISG soon after and began working in some of the city's best wine bars, including a stint as the head sommelier at The Chase. She joined the NPW team in 2015 where she quickly became an integral part of our operations.
With a background in photo journalism and social work, Ashley provides some much needed balance to this wild "Crew Sauvage" bunch of sommeliers. Already a co-owner and director, she joined the office team in 2016 and has become a vital part of our rapidly growing business. Ashley has her own connection to the local wine scene, too—her family has a vineyard and farm in Prince Edward County known as Clos Saint Jean.
When she's not working, you'll find her playing with her sons Benson and Harley and enjoying a glass of Pinot or Chardonnay.
Her favourite wines right now:
Account Manager & Sommelier
Ian started his journey in hospitality more than 20 years ago, and developed a passion for wine and food while working as a chef for eight years. After earning his sommelier diploma from the International Sommelier Guild, he began his career as a somm at some renowned Toronto establishments, including the iconic Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, George Restaurant and many more. Ian joined the NPW team in 2016 and has been a great ambassador for wine culture, sharing the experience of our ever-growing portfolio – and his unbridled passion – with our clients.
Founding Partner of 'Pearce Predhomme Wines' & Sommelier
Based in Toronto, Will is best known as one of Canada’s top sommeliers. He rose to the top of the somm food chain during his development of the world-class wine programs at Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants (including Canoe Restaurant & Bar). He has represented his country in sommelier competitions internationally and holds an Advanced Level Diploma with the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is also an instructor at the University of Guelph, and has been broadcast nationally as a producer and host of The Globe & Mail Wine Basics Video Series.
Will obviously loves to drink his namesake Pearce Predhomme along with Mullineux, Matthieu Barret, Roche de Bellene, Barolo and Brunello. Aside from the serious sides of wines, he also just loves a nice glass of Rosé !
Retail Operations Manager
Taryn has had a love affair with wine for as long as she can remember. Realizing quickly that this love affair could turn into a career, she completed the ISG Sommelier Diploma program (alongside fellow NP team member Michelle Ratzlaff). Her sommelier career began at some of the city’s most prestigious private clubs, The York Club and Rosedale Golf Club. During this time, she also received the sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and hopes to continue down that path to one day becoming a Master Sommelier.
Celia Méndez Díaz
After working as Assistant Winemaker in Burgundy and completing her MBA in Wine Marketing and Management at the Bordeaux International Wine Institute, Celia landed in chilly Toronto looking forward to learning about (and drinking) more excellent wines. Celia hails from Spain's Canary Islands, where for 30 years her family have been pioneers in recuperating and resurrecting nearly extinct native grape varieties with their winery, Viñatigo. One of her goals while in Ontario: to make every Torontonian fall in love with (unpronounceable, but delicious) Canary Islands wines.
Amelia comes from rural Nova Scotia, where what started as a summer job at a winery turned into a lifelong passion. She came to Ontario to get a diploma in Winemaking and Viticulture at Niagara College, completed a WSET 3, and hasn't left the province since. Over the last decade, she steeped herself in many parts of the industry: sales, hospitality, production, viticulture, and management—sometimes all at once. She has been integral in crafting many award winning wines in Canada. When she's not sipping wine, you can find her in her garden, cooking, or hanging out with Guinness and Bacon, her two dogs.
Retail & Consumer Sales Coordinator
Nell hails from small town Stratford, a city known for its classical theatre and renowned culinary scene. While she did spend some time working in restaurants, it wasn’t until returning home from a backpacking trip through Europe that her interest in wine turned into pure unbridled enthusiasm. Upon her return, she took a job at the LCBO and moved to Toronto to explore this passion through education. In the summer of 2019, she completed the WSET Diploma program and went on to becoming a Product Consultant at one of Toronto's largest and finest LCBO stores. After nearly 10 years of working with the LCBO, Nell joined Nicholas Pearce Wines to continue learning about the industry.
In line with Nell’s love of all things wine, you can find her enjoying a glass with friends on her front porch – and when it’s too cold for that, you can catch her at her favourite dance studio, grooving out to anything with a good beat.
Favourite wines in the portfolio:
Tornatore Etna Rosso, Tantalus Vineyards Riesling, Roche de Bellene Pinot Noir and Mullineaux Chenin Blanc.
Key Account Coordinator
Sarah has always been passionate about how food and wine can bring people of all cultures and lifestyles together. This passion led her to work in kitchens for about 8 years, where she stumbled upon an amazing world of wine during a ski season out in Whistler, and decided to spend a summer at a winery in the Okanagan Valley to turn her love for wine into a career. Upon returning to her home, Ontario, Sarah completed her CMS exam and worked at some of Toronto's leading hospitality-focused restaurants, including Richmond Station and taking on the Head Sommelier position at Giulietta.
Outside of wine, you can find her woodworking, mountain biking, and hanging out with her pal, Hank the miniature dachshund.
Sarah's favourite wines from the portfolio are are:
Vinatigo Listan Negro
Pearce Predhomme Cinsault/Syrah
Having relocated to The Blue Mountains/Collingwood area from Toronto a number of years ago, Kearney definitely noticed the area was a hot spot for oenophiles. With more than 20 years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry and a passion for all things wine, food, travel and people, selling wine was the next logical step. He spent many years behind the bar throughout some of Toronto’s most beloved restaurants, where he developed a deep love and understanding of wine and spirits. When not selling wine you’ll find Kearney spending time with his family and furthering his wine knowledge through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust programs.
Gillian has 20 years of experience in hospitality, an industry she fell into while studying Radio Broadcasting in London, Ontario. What started as a part-time job became a full-time passion almost immediately. Her new career took her all over Canada and the world, before settling back in her hometown of Ottawa in 2017. She completed her WSET levels 2 and 3 while managing dining rooms, alongside some incredible sommeliers, at some of the finest restaurants in the city. When she's not discussing wine with clients and guests, she's likely discussing dolls and dress-up with her daughter, Hazel.
Erin’s passion for wine started while she was living in Niagara and working part time at a winery. Upon completion of university, she decided to change her career path and focus on the industry she had a newfound respect for. Since then, Erin has worked as a wine agency Sales Representative for almost two decades, has completed the WSET Diploma and Italian Wine Scholar programs as well as become a Certified Wine Educator. When she isn’t selling wines, she is teaching the WSET wine program or spending time with her family and friends. Erin enthusiastically joined the NPW Sales team in 2021 and enjoys sharing the dynamic portfolio with Sommeliers and Private Clients in Toronto East.
Retail Operations Manager
Adam found his passion for wine while working at the LCBO where he sought out every opportunity to grow that passion into a career. The allure of fine wine naturally drew his attention to the Vintages section where he became a Product Consultant at the renowned Summerhill LCBO. After travelling to the wine regions of Tuscany and Bordeaux and perusing his education through WSET where he is currently a Diploma candidate and holds the French Wine Scholar and Wines of Portugal certificate, his path led to the buying desk of the LCBO where he worked as a Product Manager for European Wines managing Iberia and Fortified before moving over to New World where he oversaw the Australia and New Zealand portfolios.
Adam spent much of his childhood summers at his family cottage in Georgian Bay where he now enjoys spending time with his family including his children Julian and Victoria along and two dogs Charlie and Luna.
Favourite wines in the portfolio:
Stéphane Aviron Vieilles Vignes Moulin-à-Vent, Cortonesi 'La Mannella' Brunello di Montalcino and Paddy Borthwick Riesling Wairarapa.