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 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, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, most often found in a vineyard or on an airplane.  After completing her Art History degree with Distinction from the University of Victoria and being exposed to the world of wine business at Christie’s in London, England, she switched gears, leaving the realm of art for the world of wine. She is an editor and contributor to local, national and international publications, and has judged in wine competitions globally. She received her Sommelier Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild, and Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Along the way she became a French Wine Scholar through the French Wine Academy, a certified Sherry Educator through the Sherry Academy in Jerez, a Wine Location Specialist (Champagne and Port) with the Center of Wine Origins, and Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators.