The son of a grassroots baker (yeasts bear no secret to him !!) and a self-proclaimed foodie, Dominique has matched his accomplished cooking skills with an incurable wine fever caught over twenty years ago . Building upon a fine military career as a health care specialist, Dominique launched his own management consultancy firm in 2004 then decided in 2009 to put his efforts squarely behind IVSP tapping at the experience of a sister wine importation agency. Discipline, knowledge and passion thus blended in and paved the way towards the promotion of the noble beverage.
With strong managerial skills and polished leader qualities developped during his military career, Dominique rapidly acquired, as a self-made entrepreneur, a reputation for skillfull communications and for a personable approach to forging and sustaining solid relationships. These are the pillar qualities that he now puts at the service of the producers that have joined IVSP’s portfolio and that can testify of Dominique’s determination and energy.
Consultant Sommelier and partner
Richard’s passion for wine goes back to nearly four decades. Now retired from the Armed Forces he has transitioned from professional soldier to wine professional and has recently completed the French Wine Scholar program and the London based Wine and Spirits Education Trust Award Level. These internationally recognized qualifications strengthened his Sommelier certification achieved in 2008 at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Yet, what matters is ‘’boots on the ground’’. Richard was most fortunate to serve for over fifteen years in Europe and in South-Africa. This unique proximity to some venerable terroirs allowed him to fuel his passion, to roam throughout vineyards in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and South-Africa and to acquire a profound respect for the wine trades and those that live by them.
Richard’s exposure to winemaking, vineyard management, and wine business was shaped and mentored in Alsace thanks to a long and rewarding friendship with one of its oldest wine producing families. In 2003, he was invited to join the Confrérie St-Etienne d’Alsace, one of France’s most venerable wine brotherhoods and since 2005 he is a proud Master of that Order.
Richard remains a humble student of wine. Dedicated to sharing his passion, he has joined forces with IVSP in 2015 and he is also working towards becoming a fully certified wine educator.
Along with a sustained passion for wines, Renel brings an in depth knowledge of the business world. As a career journalist, Renel was also committed towards the business and management side of regional printed news up to and including co-ownership. His deeply rooted passion for wine goes back over 25 years thru founding membership of wine tasting clubs and a thirst for hands-on knowledge fueled by research, comparative tastings and numerous visits to wine producing areas.
Renel’s particular area of interest is wine marketing. In this complex environment of state monopolies and fast evolving technologies, Renel has made it his mission to develop IVSP’s products. His background and diligence are tailored made for this quest.
The IVSP Team
Six new partners, all sharing in our passion for wine and the promotion of our producers have recently joined forces with IVSP. Well established business leaders, they have built a vast network of contacts able to boost the promotion of our selection of products.