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Welcome to Vine Lab!

We provide best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts.

OUR ACCREDITED PROGRAMS

Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET)
WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.

Wine Scholar Guild (WSG)

The Guild provides study & certification programs on the wines and wine regions of France, Italy and Spain. Originally created as the "French Wine Society", the organization quickly became the leading provider of French wine study and certification programs internationally. In order to accommodate wine industry requests for equally detailed study programs on Italy and Spain, the French Wine Society reorganized as the Wine Scholar Guild.

April 16, 2018

Founder & Instructor
nlerpelding@vinelabwine.com

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 w...

August 20, 2017

Founder & Instructor
lmlehar@vinelabwine.com

Lisa’s appreciation for wine began while she was a flight attendant and was able to spend time in some of the world’s great wine areas.  Her curiosity brought her to enroll in the St. Paul College Wine Professional program.  She has worked in wine retail management and for a small Minnesota winery.   She volunteers her time working with SPC Wine Professional students which has led to...

August 1, 2017

Instructor
ksroe@vinelabwine.com

Karina is a wine specialist at a retail store in southwest Minneapolis. She specializes in wine writing and guided tastings, and loves exploring little-known regions and grapes of the wine world, as well as sharing her passion through wine education. 

Karina has achieved the WSET Level 3 Advanced Award, and has plans to gain her diploma. She is also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Mast...

August 1, 2017

Exam Invigilator

In 2008 Staci graduated from Augsburg College with a plan to pursue a very different path. Realizing her passion lie elsewhere, she began working at Minnesota wineries, eventually finding her way to the Wine
Professional Course at Saint Paul College (SPC) in 2011. Through the program at SPC she gained knowledge and experience in the wine industry which led to a career in wine distribution.

Staci started her care...

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