` The Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

Michael Botner - member

Website: MichaelBotner.com


Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, Michael Botner now devotes his time and energy to his business, Accounting for Taste, a company dedicated to de-mystifying wine and sharing the enjoyment and benefits of moderate wine use. He is the developer and former instructor for the Sommelier Program at Algonquin College, and a Co-founder and Governor of the National Capital Sommelier Guild. He was named the Wine Person of the Year by the Guild in 1996. In 2003, Michael and his wife, Rosemary, moved to Kelowna, B.C.

Michael Botner is the wine columnist for Okanagan Life Magazine. He also contributes to a number of publications, including: Vines Magazine, BC Wine Trails and Vendor Magazine. Other publications include: Kelowna City Living magazine, Edmonton Life Magazine, Wines and Vines Magazine, Kelowna Daily Courier newspaper, Ottawa magazine and The Ottawa Sun newspaper.

For over 25 years he has organized and chaired Cellars of the World, the Ottawa International Wine Competition for the Ottawa Wine and Food Show. Currently, Michael organizes and chairs Cellars of the World Kelowna, an international wine competition held annually in association with the International Wine Exhibition held at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna.

Current wine related activities

For the past 25 years, Michael has offered wine courses and seminars for foreign service recruits and other individuals and groups, and "Distinctive Dinners with Wines of the World" at the Bayne-Morrison House, Ottawa's oldest home built in 1828. As a speaker, he appears on television, and conducts tastings and seminars for a variety of organizations and individual groups. He currently offers customized wine tours of the Okanagan and Similkameen wine regions.

Services offered

Wine Courses/Speaker
Wine Consultant
Wine Tastings & Dinners
Wine Service Training
Wine Tours