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Denise DompierreDenise Dompierre

Denise Dompierre always had a passion for wine. After retiring as VP, Worldwide Professional Services for a software company, she completed the Sommelier Certificate from the School of Sommelier at the Algonquin College. She is also a graduate of the Sommelier-Conseil program at the Université du Vin in France.

She lived and trained at a vineyard in the Rhone Valley where she worked with the winemaker learning the techniques of winemaking, the management of a vineyard and its operations, and the business of wine. Denise travelled extensively throughout France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, United States and Australia and visited many vineyards. While traveling, she has acquired a broad experience of the international wine industry and developed a keen ability for tasting and appreciating wine. She is also a wine educator. All these experiences have allowed Denise to become a well-rounded wine professional.

Louis Douville

Louis Douville’s passion for wine developed over the past decade. Six years ago, he finally did something about it and took the Algonquin College Sommelier program with a few friends. In 2008, he graduated from the program with the “Sommelier of Excellence Award”. Louis is Vice-President & General Manager of CTV Ottawa television station by day and shares his enthusiasm for wine with his students when he teaches some of the introductory classes of the sommelier program by night. His teaching style clearly focuses on how much fun knowledge of wine can be. Louis also occasionally hosts wine appreciation segments on CTV Ottawa’s News at Noon.

Randy Fitzpatrick

Randy FitzpatrickRandy was born in Fredricton, New Brunswick and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He's lived in London, Toronto, and Niagara Fall, Ontario; Washington DC and Dallas, Texas. Randy graduated from the Algonquin College Business and Hospitality Management program in 1986, and over the course of his career he has opened a dozen various restaurants & operations for such companies as General Mills, O'Toole's, Olive Garden, Famous Players Theatres, Dave & Buster's, as well as half a dozen independents throughout Ontario and the United States.

In 2004, Randy started a new career path with Alliance Events, creating shows and events through the country for clients including the Government of Canada, Canadian Pacific, and Suncor. In 2005 he was involved, hands-on, with the Inauguration for (then) incoming Governor General Michaelle Jean, and also enrolled in the Fast-Track Sommelier Program at Algonquin College.

In 2007, Randy opened Petit Bill's Bistro, a mid-sized French-Canadian fusion bistro in west-central Ottawa. Petit Bill's Bistro has been twice recognized with the Wine Service Award from the Epicurean Awards, and repeat recipient of the VQA Award of Excellence.

Randy has been teaching with the Sommelier Program at Algonquin College since 2008.

Natale Lofaro

Natale Lofaro

A full time LCBO Product Consultant who tastes over 2000 wines a year, Natale has been an instructor in the Sommelier Certificate Program since the Spring of 1998. Attending the prestigious Napa College in the world famous Napa Valley, he earned certificates in 'Viticulture and Winery and Technology' and 'Wine Marketing and Sales'. A graduate of the Sommelier Program he has also completed the University of Guelph's Ontario Grape & Wine Industry Certificate.

Natale has worked for a number of Napa Valley wineries and is himself an amateur winemaker of note. He has toured extensively in the Niagara Peninsula, Okanagan, Napa and Sonoma Valley wine growing regions.

Antonio Mauriello

Antonio Mauriello

Antonio Mauriello developed a strong passion for Italian cuisine and for its inseparable companion, wine, while in his native Rome, Italy. He is a graduate of the Associazione Italiana Sommelier in Rome. Now living in Canada’s National Capital since 1997, Antonio is the founder and owner of DiVino Wine Studio, and a gregarious and enthusiastic wine and food authority.

He is a director of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, a sommelier consultant to the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Embassy. He is an instructor with several wine and culinary associations and schools in Canada and Italy, such as the Algonquin College sommelier program in Ottawa and La Mia Pasta in Tuscany, Italy. Antonio also serves as a restaurant consultant, a wine columnist and a broadcaster, while traveling extensively researching grape varietals, wine producers and regional cuisine.
François Rochon

François Rochon

A recent graduate of the Algonquin Sommelier program, François is a writer/editor by day and a wine lover by night. (Although a small glass of wine at lunch to encourage the creative juices is not out of the question.) He enjoys the intricate marriage of wine and food and is always searching for interesting matches. François brings to the classroom his passion and enthusiasm for wine and strives to make every class fun, informative and tasty.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2011 18:42