Lab Notes


Nikki Erpelding



Founder & Instructor


Nikki’s enthusiasm for all aspects of the food and wine industry are contagious. Her storied career includes experience from restaurant management, boutique wholesale to wine retail and currently on the supplier side working for Vineyard Brands, managing the upper midwest region including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas.


Nikki is presently studying with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) to gain her Diploma, WSET’s flagship qualification.  In 2017 Nikki co-founded Vine Lab Wine & Spirits Academy — not her first endeavor into wine education, as she has fondly taught the Wine Professional Certificate program at Saint Paul College since 2011.


"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil"
~ Lord Byron


Some of Nikki’s wine favorites (when she is not enjoying rosé) include: Muscadet, Sancerre, Chablis, Verdicchio, Soave, Grillo, Aglianico, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Sparkling wine, and many more...



Join Nikki sharing her love of wine (and her puggle, Parker and 2 cute kittens) at...







Nikki's Certifications

Italian Wine Scholar, Wine Scholar Guild, 2019
Currently Enrolled, WSET Diploma
Currently Enrolled, Wine Scholar Guild, French Wine Scholar
WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits, 2014
Court of Master Sommelier Intro, 2013
Instructor Saint Paul College WPC, 2011

Saint Paul College Wine Professional Certificate or CWP, 2006


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