“When you understand all that goes into producing a bottle of wine—making the blend, creating the label, writing the tasting notes—it genuinely enhances your appreciation for what you’re drinking.”
Accredited Sommelier, Algonquin College – Ottawa
Smart Serve certificate
Bachelor or Arts, University of Guelph – Guelph
Q. What do you want people to take away from their experiences with Savvy Company?
Erin-Sue Bolling: A sense that what we offer goes beyond great wine and food. Wine is the focal point, but it’s really all about people coming together. So we host team-building exercises, networking events, social gatherings. We help forge connections—in fun environments—with wine.
Q. What’s been one of your most memorable wine experiences?
ESB: Oddly enough, it was the experience of not having access to wine that made me discover my passion for it. At university I was surrounded by friends from the Niagara region. They opened my eyes to the world of wine and it became something important that we shared. After graduation I spent five years teaching in Taiwan where wine was scarce. I started to notice a void in my life and began seeking out restaurants that had wine lists. It was during a trip to France—where wine and culture are so tightly interconnected—that I realized how much I valued wine as a part of my own life.
Q. What piece of advice about wine do you like to share with others?
ESB: When you’re traveling, sample the local wines. A huge amount of wines don’t ever make it to the store shelves. Small wineries often don’t produce in large enough quantities to sell in stores but they make some real treasures. Drinking local is like tasting a piece of the region. I bring wines home with me from wherever I visit. For me it’s like bringing back a piece of art. And I take Canadian wines wherever I go. It’s sort of a cultural exchange!
Erin’s Wine Tips
Bring home a bottle of wine from your travels – it’s the perfect souvenir. Take a bottle of Canadian wine wherever you travel – and WOW the world. Start by drinking to your preference and work outward. If it tastes right, it is. Winemaking is an artistic endeavour, savour the creative juices. When you understand all that goes into producing a bottle of wine—making the blend, creating the label, writing the tasting notes—it genuinely enhances your appreciation for what you’re drinking.