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Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW

Professional wine experts with years of experience

Michelle is a dual Italian/Canadian citizen who left corporate life in Toronto moving to London (UK) to pursue her passion for wine. Today she is a highly-respected wine lecturer, having taught wine industry professionals since 2004 at the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) in London where she a consultant tutor, specialising in Italy, regions in France and the New World. She has authored articles on wines, wine regions and wine-related events in trade publications and WSET journals. Michelle is a frequent guest wine expert at major wine shows, are a Chair Judge and member of the Wine Judging Committee for the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). Michelle consults with restaurants, wineries and is an ambassador for trade bodies utilising her specialist knowledge of wine areas.

Favourite Wines

Anything from Italy, Burgundy, Champagne and Northern Rhone.


Cooking, pilates, golf and reading

Favourite quote from a book/film

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Interesting/unusual fact about yourself

I was a figure skater until I was 19 and was more at home in skates than shoes!

If you were a wine what would you be and why

Champagne Charlie (any vintage). Rich, concentrated, with layers of complexity and youthful on the palate with lots of fresh acidities. Rare and hard to duplicate.

What 3 items can you not live without

My kindle, lip balm and sunglasses.