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Rob Nellis

Rob Nellis



WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Rob’s extensive background is in hospitality and wine. He has been working for the past 20 years in all aspects of the hospitality industry business; server, bartender, host, manager and caterer.

Rob’s wine education career began by completing the Algonquin College Wine Program, graduating with top honors. He completed the WSET Level 2 & 3 Awards in Wines & Spirits, the WSET Level 2 Professional Spirits and WSET Certified Educator Program, graduating with Distinction.

Rob has been the WSET Certified Educator, wine and spirits consultant for the Vendange Institute since the school opened in the fall of 2004.

Rob is an enthusiastic wine instructor and combines a high degree of topical and current information with an easygoing style that is clearly felt by all his students.


Tristan Bragaglia-Murdock




WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Tristan has been working with wine, spirits and beer in one capacity or another for close to a decade. Having started out at the LCBO, Tristan worked his way through the wines available to him, as well as the education his job offered. Gaining a passion for wine, Tristan enrolled and graduated from the Algonquin program at the top of his class.

He then continued on to Vendange, passing WSET Level 2 with distinction and WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits, the WSET Level 2 Professional Spirits with Distinction and continued on to graduate the WSET Diploma offered out of Toronto.

Currently, Tristan is partaking in the Italian Wine Scholar program as well as working his regular jobs of tending bar and building cocktails as well as brewing beer.


Matt Webb

Matt Webb



WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

WSG French Wine Scholar Study & Certification

Matt’s interest in wine and spirits was piqued while working under the tutelage of Roberto Valente at Fratelli restaurant in the Glebe in 2003. From here, he was always furthering his understanding and knowledge on the subjects.

Matt began working with the LCBO in 2010, while at the same time, completing the Algonquin Sommelier Program. After completing the WSET Level 3 with distinction, he was promoted to the position of Product Consultant with the LCBO in 2011. Matt then went on to complete the Algonquin Beer Course, the Algonquin Whisky Course, and the French Wine Scholar with honours, before completing the WSET Diploma in 2015. Matt is currently in the process of completing the Italian Wine Scholar program.

Matt has visited many wine regions of the world, including Rioja, Priorat, Ribera del Duero, the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, and Beaujolais. In September and October of 2016, Matt was granted a placement at the René Muré (Clos Saint Landelin) winery in Alsace, France.



Linda McPhee, FWS, CS

Linda McPhee



WSG French Wine Scholar Study & Certification

Linda McPhee is an approved instructor for the French Wine Scholar™ Study and Certification program from the Wine Scholar Guild.

Linda holds the French Wine Scholar certificate with Highest Honors. She also holds the Wine Scholar Guild’s Master-Level certificates on Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Provence, all with Highest Honors. She is currently a candidate for both the Alsace and Rhône Master-Level certificates, as well as a candidate for the Italian Wine Scholar™ Study and Certification program.

Linda holds with Merit the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. She is also a WSET Level 4 Diploma candidate.

Linda holds with Honours the Sommelier certificate from the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Linda is fluent in French and English and is learning Italian on an on-going basis. She loves to travel and has travelled throughout North America, Europe, Scandinavia, and New Zealand.

Linda has a passion for wine. Everything is in the glass… history, culture, politics, laws, earth science, viticulture, chemistry, and art.


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