About Us

Winecurrent is a free bi-weekly E-newsletter. It is an authoritative and valued source of unbiased, informative and easy to read wine reviews. All reviewed wines are available and easily accessible to those living in Ontario. With a rating out of five stars, reviews include aromas, how the wine tastes and feels as well as many food pairing suggestions. 

Vic Harradine Lisa Isabelle Louise Boutin Dave Isaacs

 

Winecurrent publisher, Vic Harradine, has traveled the wine world, tasting and spitting his way through key wine-producing areas. He's written on wine for a number of Ottawa newspapers and national magazines, has authored or co-authored two books on wine; his wine reviews are quoted widely. Vic is a wine judge certified by Wine Judges of Canada. He's an accredited sommelier and former instructor, Coordinator and Director of the Algonquin Sommelier Certificate Program. His involvement with the National Capital Sommelier Guild includes former Director, President and currently, Governor. 

Vic's goal is to write/publish discerning, impartial wine reviews that stir interest in readers to seek wines closely mirroring their personal style and taste preferences. Wine reviews are dominated by what many people consider—consciously and sub-consciously—when choosing and drinking wine: indication and intensity of flavour and aromas; balance of key components—acid, fruit, tannin, alcohol, body/weight, texture, food pairings. Retail price doesn’t alter a wine’s taste, but a rating system showcasing wine of exceptional value is provided. A five-star rating system is used to assist readers.

Winecurrent reviewer, Lisa Isabelle, is a graduate of the Algonquin College Sommelier Program and has earned a WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits, passing both tasting and theory exams with distinction. Lisa has mentored Sommelier students assisting them in honing their wine-tasting and wine-evaluation skills, and is presently Instructor of the Wine, Food and Culture course at Algonquin. Lisa is also a Director of the National Capital Sommelier Guild. Her passions for wine, learning and travel have led her to tasting wine in Spain, in Africa, and along the Pacific Coast from Napa to the Okanagan Valley. She was invited by l’Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux to evaluate the 2016 vintage attending the en primeur tasting in Bordeaux. Feeling that just as every person has a story, so does every wine; Lisa enjoys uncovering and sharing those stories with readers.

Please welcome Louise Boutin as she completes her final step—40 hours involved in the wine industry—before graduating from Algonquin College with a Sommelier certificate. Louise comes highly recommended as a keen student and skilled wine taster. She’s a former registered dietitian, has a certificate from the International Concierge Institute, worked with the Château Laurier Entrée Gold Concierge team and spent a number of years in Lahr, Germany at the Canadian military hospital managing food services. This posting allowed her to spend her free time visiting local wineries igniting her passion to learn more about wine. She has also visited wineries in France, become a member of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, and recently returned from a fabulous, educational tasting trip through the Chianti region in Tuscany, Italy. Fluent in English and French with notions of German and Spanish, she’s now busy with lessons in Italian and planning her next level of wine study.

Web master Dave Isaacs has been developing web sites since 1993, and is responsible for many wine and food related web sites in the National Capital region. He is also a graduate of the Algonquin College Sommelier Program and has received his WSET Level 3 Certification.