April 29, 2008 by  

At a young and impressionable age I was told that if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. After working many, many days I decided it was time to start loving what I do! I’m passionate about wine, travel and writing and those three passions come together at Ruby Suitcase. 

I grew up in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. As I was growing up, the wine region was growing up around me. I’m now based in Vancouver.  I’ve also lived in Japan, Greece, Ireland and Scotland.

I hold a Bachelor of Journalism (high honours) from Carleton University in Ottawa. I’ve been writing professionally for over ten years, including stories for The Georgia Straight, Vendor Magazine, Wineries Refined, and Urban Diner.  I served as PWAC Vancouver president of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) from 2009-2011 and in that role I was recognized with the 2010 PWAC Regional Volunteer Award for British Columbia.

I am a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. I completed this program with the help of a scholarship from Les Dames d’Escoffier British Columbia, on behalf of Mission Hill Winery. I have completed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 certification, a specialist qualification in the evaluation of wines and I am currently pursuing my WSET Diploma.  I have become a French Wine Scholar. I also love great photographs and have snapped most of the photos you see on Ruby Suitcase.

Thanks for visiting!

Sheila Whittaker

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