About me

Hello! Salut! Привет! Ciao! Hola!

Here I am, Valeria, your multilingual guide to the wine universe. Tastings, visits, food, and wine pairings, wine games and quizzes, wine casino and many other options to make your oeno-experience exciting and enriching.

Born in Russia, I started my sommelier career in St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful (and rainy) European cities. As it is cloudy and dark a good part of the year my fellow citizens truly enjoy sipping a glass of wine after work in one of the many craft beer/specialty coffee/organic wine places.

Being exhausted by a long Russian winter, I did not hesitate to move to the sunny Maldives when I was offered a wine job there. But… island life, coconuts, palm trees, paradise… what a bore! After a year of this adventure, I moved again and this time found myself at 1500 meters above sea level. Guess where! – In fairytale Switzerland. Mountain peaks, bright sun, lots of raclettes and Champagne after-ski. Mmm…

And voila! Here I am in Bordeaux, the cradle of the world’s wine commerce, a French city which built its fame and reputation thanks to foreigners like me and you. Bienvenue and let’s start our immersion

Valeria Tenison

WSET Level 3 in 2017

Association Sommelerie International Gold Pin 2018

Best Female Sommelier of Russia 2018