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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. Nikki is the Sr. Director of Retail Sales for Top Ten Liquors, a 12 store (and growing) local chain.

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...

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Nikki's Certifications

French Wine Scholar, Wine Scholar Guild, 2020

Italian Wine Scholar, Wine Scholar Guild, 2019 Currently Enrolled, WSET Diploma 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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