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A friendship ignited on a wine buying trip through France.  After a week together dining on French cuisine and tasting all the Champagne, Heather & Allison became forever friends.  That trip was in 2018, when Allison & Heather were wine buyers for busy downtown Toronto restaurants. The world looks a little different now...  

In 2020, Heather founded Sips Toronto, a boutique wine business, specializing in events, and education including hospitality and cellar management consulting services. Heather McDougall is a certified sommelier (International Sommelier Guild & WSET) who has spent over a  decade honing her skills in both retail and restaurant settings across Canada.

In the 2021 Allison began At The Lake, a gourmet retail and events company located in Muskoka.  Allison's experience ranges from British Columbia vineyards to downtown Toronto restaurants.  Formal education from Niagara College's Winemaking & Viticulture Diploma, Food & Beverage Diploma from George Brown College and WSET Diploma.    

Officially partners, forever friends and many bottle of wine later, they are delivering effortless entertaining paired with tasty sips in Ontario and beyond.  


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