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Leona De Pasquale DipWSET
Founder, Owner & Chief Educator


It all began with a glass of Gewürztraminer.


Grew up in Taiwan, Leona had zero contact with alcohol until she completed her master’s degree! All she had been drinking, like many Taiwanese, was not water, but tea. Until one day in 2003, she tried a glass of Gewürztraminer from Alsace, France at a work event, and the rest is history. She went on to pursue the WSET wine qualifications when she relocated to the UK in 2005. Eventually, she got the WSET L4 Diploma, and is currently in the famously challenging Master of Wine study programme.


As a wine and tea lover, and a passionate educator, Leona believes in making wine and tea accessible through fun training and events. Most importantly, by enjoying discovering aromas and flavours along the way.


Apart from running her own business, Leona is also a freelance wine journalist, wine judge and translator of some of the most authoritative wine books.


Leona is also a huge supporter of BE Inclusive Hospitality, who has spoken at various events promoting diversity and inclusiveness in the wine industry.

Meet The Team


Mia Hayes DipWSET

Operation & Training Manager

Mia has a very strong background in finance and operations and has worked in wine retail and events for many years. 

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Alice Longhurst-Jones

Marketing & PR

Alice works with luxury brands and specialises in fine wine marketing. She is currently studying for her WSET Diploma. 


Sanya Abhay DipWSET

Wine Educator

Sanya is a Master of Wine student and a Master Sommelier  Candidate. He is our fine wine educator  and event host.  

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Elena Barattini DipWSET

Wine Educator

Elena was a sport marketing expert before she found her calling in wine. She worked as sommelier in London and has been working as a wine educator since 2018. 


Chantal Serrano

Wine & Spirits Educator

Chantal worked in finance for many years and decided to follow her passion in wine.  She worked as a sommelier in London and moved on to be a wine  and spirits educator for the hospitality sector.