MICHAELA MORRIS, DipWSET
Vinitaly International Academy, Italian Wine Expert
Michaela Morris is a wine journalist, educator, judge and speaker based in Vancouver, Canada.
Michaela spent most of her youth singing, acting and dancing until a modeling stint in Japan fueled her desire to travel. She spent several years cycle touring and working her way around Europe. Upon returning to Vancouver, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and French from the University of British Columbia and then went on to pursue a career in the wine industry. She has worked in all aspects, from fine dining restaurants to private wine stores and importation. She founded and co-owned house wine (2003-2015), a consulting company which offered private and public wine tastings as well as cellar management for private collectors.
Currently she is the weekly wine columnist for the Westender newspaper, contributes to EAT, Taste and Quench magazines and makes regular radio and television appearances. Locally Michaela judges wine competitions and presents seminars for festivals such as Cornucopia and the Vancouver International Wine Festival. She also lends her expertise abroad speaking at conferences such as Wine2Wine in Verona and Barolo’s Collisioni Festival and judging for the Wines of Portugal Challenge and Vinitaly’s 5 Star Wines Award.
Michaela successfully completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma in 2006 and is a local instructor for program. She is also one of only four Vinitaly International Academy Certified Italian Wine Experts to date and is now pursuing her Master of Wine studies.
Michaela devotes much of her time traveling to wine regions around the globe. She is fluent in English and French while continuing to learn Italian and Spanish.