Meet your wine angels
As one of the city’s renowned hosts, Lesle’s attention to detail and dedication to her clients has made her something of a legend in the hospitality and wine industry. Her career spans over 20 years and she has successfully opened trendy hotspots in both Toronto and LA. A longtime Sommelier, Lesle has embarked on the highlight of her career with Gibson Family Group creating a home for her wine angels. With every producer embraced and every wine hand selected, it is her goal to share her passion with those she meets, expanding her wine family along the way. GFG combines Lesle’s many years of experience with her personal touch, love for service and interest in exceptional wine.
Also known as Super Wine Girl, Angela is an award-winning journalist, writer, host, educator and business professional. She has spent 20 years working in the global wine industry and has traveled all around the world to learn about and taste wine.
During the blogger boom she established one of the largest wine clubs in Canada and operated her own wine institute for close to a decade helping to bring Wine Confidence to thousands and thousands of people.
Angela is a regular wine host for CTV Your Morning across and CHCH TV Morning Live as well as the Drinks Editor for many national magazine publications. She brings adventure, education and storytelling to every glass she shares.
Stephanie is a certified Sommelier, portfolio expert and GFG’s food and wine guru. After working in fashion for the past 13 years, she pivoted into the world of wine in 2017 and hasn't looked back.
Stephanie provides wine list consulting services for restaurants, cellar curation for private clients, and has also developed a voice of education and wine exploration throughout the industry as she manages the GFG social media channels.
After hosting many wine tastings and events and creating content for GFG's social media, this self proclaimed wine geek is always on the lookout for the next best food and wine pairing.
From a young age, Natalie was exposed to hospitality and entertaining at home with family, and always with great food and wine as companions at the table.
Throughout her university career while serving in restaurants, her passion for
food and wine further developed and blossomed.
After graduation, Natalie chose to stay with her passion in the food and beverage world, working her way up to an accomplished service professional and wine director in some of the finest restaurants of Toronto. With this experience Natalie excels in selecting the perfect wines for the restaurant menu, and the home cellar alike.
Katie has worked for over 20 years helping children and families as a social worker.
She is passionate about travel and wine, and is an aficionado when it comes to rose and bubbles. Katie has completed her WSET 2 and looks forward to the next level.
As a mother of two teens, Katie balances parenting with great wine and humour.
She loves networking and building relationships, and along with her enthusiasm for the grape, Katie is a natural Wine Angel and easily earned her wings.
As the new kid on the block, Carissa’s wine schooling has just begun. This mother of 3 and partner of GFG completed her WSET 2 and is eager to continue the journey.
Having been surrounded by a wine passionate family and influenced by great pairings throughout the years, her growing appreciation has tuned her palate.
Her approach is honest and pure. With the love of family and enthusiasm for the grape, Carissa is a natural wine angel.
Anna Jaeger is a Toronto ex-pat who recently took up residence in our nation's capital. She has had over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in a diverse range of capacities from fine restaurants, hotels and bars in Toronto to the supper clubs of Montreal. She is a seasoned wine consultant, wine enthusiast, and has completed Level 1 Court of Masters.
She is also a mom of 2 young children, and a professional dancer/actor/model who moonlights as a burlesque showgirl. When she's not momming, mixing cocktails or dancing on bar tops and stages, Anna is a student of Holistic Nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. A self-professed yoga junkie, Anna is in pursuit of learning the key to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle that cultivates a positive relationship between good food, fine wine and good health.
As the consummate hostess, Tahnee is always bringing humour, great wine and good food to any gathering. She strongly believes that every experience should be elevated to the fullest. Tahnee has curated exceptionally detailed events for celebrities, notable brands and top restauranteurs and it is here where her true passion for food and wine was cultivated.
As a fashion designer and founder of Pretty Denim as well as an interior design enthusiast, Tahnee puts creativity and enthusiasm at the heart of everything she does. Her infectious personality makes her the life of every party and the perfect person to help plan all things wine as the ultimate wine concierge.
Chantelle is an emerging Canadian producer in the film and television industry who loves to explore her passion for food and wine in her spare time. As an avid traveler she has been able to expand her palate and wine knowledge through tastings, enjoying local delicacies in every destination.
Chantelle could say she was raised on wine, as the love of the crushed grape was passed down to her by her grandfather and mother. She now continues to spread that love to her family and friends, and hopes to share it with you, too.
Zoe has been immersed in the Toronto wine scene since the late 90’s. Graduating from the International Sommelier Guild in 2001, she curated some of TO’s coolest spots while slinging wine for a few top agencies at the time. Past representative for the Champagne houses Krug and Veuve Clicquot, Zoe also partnered with Lesle creating their famed Champagne Monday’s before switching focus to full time mom of her three gorgeous girls. Launching her olive oil Single Grove in 2015, Zoe participated in the International Culinary Centre’s inaugural olive oil sommelier course in 2016 (NYC).
Zoe continually shares her passion and knowledge for all grapes and is excited to join forces with Lesle once more.