Sharon McLean, Founder
Sherry Superstar, Scottish Slang Shooter, Map Maestro, Organizational Juggernaut
Sharon is a certified sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild, the senior instructor of Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses on Vancouver Island for Wine Plus+ and a freelance wine writer. In 2009, she completed the WSET Diploma with the highest marks in Canada. Since then she has gone on to become a Certified Sherry Educator, a French Wine Scholar, an Italian Wine Scholar and completed certification through the Center for Wine Origins (Wine Location Specialist in Port & Champagne). Sharon is a second year Masters of Wine candidate – the only candidate on Vancouver Island and one of the few in Canada currently attempting wine’s most prestigious and rigorous academic honours. When not engaged in a wine glass, she is a highly sought after management consultant with more than 20 years of international experience.
Cru Consultancy was founded by Sharon McLean & Treve Ring, long time friends, colleagues and wine cohorts.
Certified sommeliers, travellers, educators and journalists, McLean & Ring advise clients and companies on the world of wine. From leading seminars to corporate consulting, creating wine lists to curating cellars and pairing menus to preparing staff, Cru Consultancy has the experience and credibility to successfully manage your wine needs.
Treve Ring, Founder
Champagne Aficionado, Wordsmith, Traveller, Poetic Licensee
Treve is a wine writer and editor, wine judge and speaker and perpetual traveller. A certified sommelier, WSET diploma holder, French wine scholar and Sherry instructor, she is based on Vancouver Island, Canada, though is most often found on a plane or in a vineyard.
Treve has a lengthy and diverse list of international writing credits, across both print and digital publications. In addition to her role as executive editor of Gismondi On Wine, she is a national columnist for WineAlign, BC editor for SIP Northwest Magazine and wine editor for Scout Magazine. She is also a contributor to Meininger’s Wine Business International, World of Fine Wine, Sommelier Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Quench Magazine, and The Alchemist, amongst other publications. Treve is an established wine judge in Canada, the UK, South Africa and the US, and is the Canadian Ambassador for the International Wine Challenge. She is co-founder of boutique wine firm Cru Consultancy, Vice Chair of the Vancouver Island Sommelier Association, a committee member and key judge for the Vancouver International Wine Festival and a restaurant awards judge for Vancouver Magazine.
She travels regularly, and has visited vineyards and tasted throughout France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, the United States and Canada. She has spent the last few years concentrating and researching sparkling wine globally.