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 & Consumer Sales Coordinator
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.
PORTFOLIO, LOGISTICS AND SALES COORDINATOR
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.
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.
John has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, including managing and curating the wine programs at some of the most popular and innovative restaurants around K-W, and was recruited into wine sales more than 10 years ago, where his passion and knowledge have continued to grow. When he's not chatting up sommeliers around town, John loves spending time with and taking care of his family.
A few of John's portfolio favourites include:
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Olivia is a WSET Level 4 Diploma candidate with a background in marketing and design. After graduating with a B.Com from McGill University, Olivia built a successful career in the technology sector where she grew start-up companies into multi-million dollar businesses. One day, her passion for wine led her to work at a leading winery in beautiful Okanagan, and subsequently, one of Canada's largest wine and spirits distributors, before joining the nimble team at Nicholas Pearce Wines. Olivia is one of the founding members at Vinequity. Outside of work, you can find her advocating for the BIPOC wine community, writing about digital trends and wine, and discovering the bicycle trails in Ontario. Her favourite wines in the portfolio are anything from Loire's Château de Parnay, Jura's Domaine Baud, and South Africa's Mullineux.
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.
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.