DOMINIC RIVARD – Winemaker in the Asian Wine Industry
Author of the “Ultimate Fruit Winemaker’s Guide” and the DAILYFRUITWINE.COM blog and involved in the wine industry as an award winning commercial winemaker based in Asia and traveling extensively all over Asia. Passionate about wines and what is going on in the fast growing Asian wine industry.
Dominic was born in the province of Quebec, Canada and comes from a rich heritage of farmers and entrepreneurs whose ancestry can be traced to the cider making regions of North Western France.
With over 15 years experience in the wine industry, Dominic has been passionately interested in wine since the age of 17 when he started making wine from local fruits and grapes of his native Canada.
After becoming a qualified sommelier, he studied winemaking and oenology through courses at UC Davis in California, undertook and passed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma with distinctions and is now studying towards the prestigious Master of Wine accreditation.
He is a founding director of the Fruit Wines of Canada Association, which was involved in promoting wines and its industry throughout Canada.
Dominic has won hundreds of awards and medals in national and international wine competitions. This has included the best desert wine in Canada in 2007 and various best of show awards in fruit wine and desert wine categories.
Over the last decade, Dominic has been busy running numerous wine production and exportation projects for wineries in Canada, USA, Italy, Spain, Chile, Taiwan, Korea, Japan as well as China. He has been a speaker on the subject of winemaking and wine marketing at various symposiums throughout the world.
Specifically in Canada, Dominic has been engaged in R&D projects for the government of Alberta and New Brunswick and has perfected numerous dessert wine production techniques including fruit icewine cryo-extration. He specialises in fruit wine, dessert wine and icewine production and is known in wine industry circles as an authority in fruit wine making.
Dominic is very active in the burgeoning Chinese wine industry as winemaker and shareholder of a fruit winery in Tianjin, wine judge with the China Fruit Wine Association as well as Chief Winemaker and R&D Manager for Tonghua Winery, the fourth largest winery in Asia, situated in North East China.
Dominic is presently involved in setting up of a high quality tropical fruit winery project in Thailand and the research and development of wines and other alcoholic beverages using tropical fruits and herbs. He is very excited about the developments in the Thai wine industry and its great potential not only locally but also on a global basis.
Dominic likes reading and writing, traveling, cycling and photography. He is passionate about wine, food and the people he loves…
He can be contacted directly at email@example.com.