About our sommelier

Véronique Rivest is one of the most respected sommeliers in Canada and abroad. Since her very first restaurant job at the age of sixteen, she developped a true passion for wine, food and service. She now counts over thirty years experience in the hospitality and retail industries, as well as in education and consulting.

Véronique won Canada’s Best Sommelier competition in 2006 and in 2012. She won the Wine Woman Award 2007 in Paris and Best Sommelier of the Americas in 2012. After placing twice in the Top Twelve in 2007 and 2010, she became the first woman to make the podium by taking 2nd place at the World’s Best Sommelier competition, in Tokyo in March 2013.

Regardless of her accomplishments, Véronique remains genuine and approachable with an infectious enthusiasm about sharing the great pleasures of wine. A talented speaker and writer, she is the wine columnist for La Presse newspaper, writes for numerous magazines, appears on many television and radio shows, and gives lectures around the world.

Since 2017, she is also Air Canada’s official sommelier, selecting wines for all of the airlines business class flights.

SOIF Bar à Vin

In 2014, Véronique Rivest opens SOIF wine bar in Gatineau, a place to share and learn around wine. SOIF was named among the Ten Best New Restaurants in Canada in 2015.