The Chef and the Grape's director, Kristof Gillese, offers a personalized wine experience in all the services offered, whether it be an inventory assessment or a private in-house wine tasting. From innovative team building exercises for corporate groups to intimate in-home classes; trend-savvy restaurant wine list designs, or targeted personal shopping excursions, Kristof pairs his deep food & wine expertise with his lively demeanour to create a true experience.


Wine Tasting Seminars

For clients interested in more in-depth learning, Kristof offers half-day and day-long wine workshops designed to convey sommelier-calibre knowledge in an entertaining and memorable format. Workshops are designed to teach corporate or private groups the essentials to better understand and appreciate wine in everyday life and business engagements. Topics covered include:

  • Beginning Wine Basics
  • Tasting Techniques (including blind tasting tricks-of-the-trade)
  • Buying & Serving
  • Food Pairing
  • Cellaring

Workshop programs are available upon request. Please contact us for more information and a quotation.


Wine List Consulting

Kristof has created compelling and critically-acclaimed wine lists for clients. His certification(s) and list of contacts; including wine distributors, brokers and merchants, allows for efficient product procurement across an array of products, including highly allocated and limited release wines.


Please contact us for more information and to set up a free consultation.