For Kevin Gagnon, the way to wine began nearly accidentally. Born and raised in Western Canada, he didn’t even drink much wine until after moving to Germany early in his career as a classical singer. Wine, like music, is a pillar of European culture, and they often go hand in hand. A geek by nature, after falling in love with wine ten years ago, there was no looking back – he was compelled to learn as much as possible about his new passion.
While still living in Hamburg, Kevin founded two tasting groups and a wine club, and began leading tastings (first seminar: Chianti Classico) and teaching eager wine lovers about wine. This married perfectly with regular trips to the vineyards of France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland. As a busy professional singer, there were many opportunities to get out among the vines in a different region of Europe.
After moving to southern Germany, a new challenge was in order; in May 2015 he began studies for the WSET Diploma at the Weinakademie in Rust, Austria, receiving the qualification just 14 months later, an accomplishment that was surpassed shortly thereafter when he became the first Canadian to earn the title of Weinakademiker. He is also the winner of the Esterházy Award for Wine Business.
Now a popular seminar presenter, Kevin spends most of his time travelling, tasting and writing about wine, and currently has two apps in development designed to simplify the lives of wine professionals.