The Overcast – Fresh off the vine: Tracey Dobbin is back from France hoping you’ll give wine a chance

Tracy Dobbin was a young professional working as an occupational therapist, moving upwards in a safe, secure career that was relatively challenging and offered a solid future. It just wasn’t the future she wanted.

“I was looking at doing something different,” she says when asked how she decided to become a wine expert. “In 2008 I took the WSET [Wine and Spirit Educational Trust] Level 1 course, and In 2011 I moved to Bordeaux. They have an international wine school and I did my masters there, since I knew it would set me apart in terms of my education. Plus it was a chance to live in France.”

WSET® Certifications

WSET® represents the world reference for wine training. Spread over three successive levels, the course offered delivers internationally recognized diplomas at each stage. WSET® education is for everyone, amateurs and professionals alike.

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Testimonials

  • Just wanted to say thanks again for your great instruction in the class this past week.  You made the experience approachable, fun, and of course educational.  I am not sure if I will pursue level 4, but I feel this…

    Nathan Pryor, Managing Partner,
    Mainbrace International Ltd. - Halifax, Canada

  • I learned so much from you throughout the course. I since have been asked to train as a junior sommelier at Raymonds. I'm super motivated to learn more and hopefully start level 4 in the new year! Thank you for…

    Megan McDonald
    Raymonds Restaurant - Halifax, Canada

  • As two food & wine enthusiasts not directly involved in the hospitality or wine industry, we were interested in furthering our knowledge of wine and spirits. We found the WSET curriculum and the course levels offered by Autour du Vin to be very appealing. Since Septembre 2014,…

    Joëlle Désy & James Nicholson
    - Halifax, Canada

  • As a student of Autour du Vin I wouldn't hesitate to recommend classes to anyone, whether it be someone in the trade or an enthusiast looking to learn more. Tracey has a way of using her personal experience and knowledge that not only makes the…

    Karen Nause
    - Halifax, Canada

  • Tracey is a passionate and knowledgeable teacher who does her uttermost to make sure everyone is involved and understands what she is talking about. Her extensive knowledge about wine makes her a trustable teacher

    Isabella Ankarberg
    Assistant Product Manager - Sweden

  • Tracey is an excellent instructor. Not only is she highly knowledgeable, but her passion and enthusiasm for wine manifests itself in her teaching style. Her classes are fun, engaging and bring the subject matter to life. Tracey's courses provide students…

    Genevieve R.
    - USA

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