Meet the Sommelier:  MASTER OF WINE Christy Canterbury

Meet the Sommelier: MASTER OF WINE Christy Canterbury

Meet the Sommelier:  MASTER OF WINE Christy Canterbury

In 2014, renowned sommelier Christy Canterbury was short-listed for the Roederer Online Wine Communicator of the Year Award. Her work has been published in Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, Edible Green Mountains, Wine Searcher, Food Arts, Snooth, Beverage Media,, Civiltà del Bere, Wine Business Monthly, TASTED, Selectus Wines and in other outlets. Her recent and upcoming appearances include ViniSud, ProWein, VinExpo and TEXSOM. She judges at competitions around the world and is a Panel Chair at the International Wine Challenge. interviewed Christy about her fascinating career.

When did you first become interested in fine wine?

Considering my first sip of wine was a severely bad Provençal rosé from a (surely) exceedingly average cooperative (many of those organizations are the exact opposite today), I can't say my intro to wine was spectacular. Mind you, I have nothing against rosés (I drink cases of them a year, in fact) and nothing against less expensive wine. This particular one just left me wondering how people could take pleasure in liquid so insipid.

Happily, I was intrigued enough about the idea of good wine that I remained brave enough to keep sipping. My exposure to "fine wine" really started after university when I started working in investment banking. Then, I moved to Paris for work, wine became part of my lifestyle.

What are some of your personal qualities or talents that have enhanced your career?

I love to travel, to talk to people and to learn. All are critical to developing a sense of the wine world. The wine industry is a close-knit, global community, and there is so much to learn about wine that one is never finished.

Who have been some of your professional mentors or individuals that have inspired your work?

I am grateful for many inspiring voices along the way. However, as some people find voices that keep them engaged for decades, I find that as one grows the voices change. While I was studying for the Master of Wine title, I found that my best mentors were my study pals: Jean Reilly MW, Mary Gorman-McAdams MW and Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW.


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