My name is Sarah Goddard and I am a certified sommelier, wine writer and wine consultant living in Toronto, Canada. In 2007, I left a career as an elementary school teacher to pursue my passion for wine. In 2008, I graduated from the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers‘ Certified Sommelier program at George Brown College, where I received the Sommelier Scholarship from the International Wine and Food Foundation of Canada. I have since gone on to become a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. I am still a Licensed Ontario Teacher and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.
I hold the WSET Diploma which I passed with Merit in 2011, and I’m an Associate of the Institute of Wines and Spirits (AIWS).
Much to my surprise, I placed a very respectable 3rd in The Wine Tasting Challenge in 2008 (presented by the Renaissance Project) in the professional round. They say it’s one of the largest wine tasting challenges in North America.
I currently work as Assistant Sommelier at 1800 Degrees, a restaurant specializing in steaks and fresh seafood, and I’m an instructor with the Independent Wine Education Guild and the Humber College School of Hospitality, Recreation, & Tourism. In addition to this blog, I write articles about wine for publications such as Food and Drink, Drinks, and Cottage Life.
I am currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers– Ontario Chapter.