The Demystified Vine

Taking the mystery out of wine exploration!

Photo taken August 2012

Valerie Stride is a Vancouver-based WSET Certified Wine Writer & Enthusiast

Welcome to The Demystified Vine! I am so happy you are here.

My goal for this website is to unlock the mystery of the wine world! For so many, the wine world is a confusing place. As such, I hope that this blog will unleash not only a new understanding about wine and all its beauty, but also allow more appreciation to grow for those who are curious.

I have been a Wine Enthusiast for many years, and am a huge supporter of the wines of British Columbia. Currently, I hold the WSET Advanced Certificate. I have been involved in the wine industry in a number of ways including:

  • working for a local winery out of the Similkameen Valley in British Columbia
  • working for a Vancouver wine merchant
  • having been on the Executive team of the British Columbia Wine Appreciation Society
  • traveling on scholarship to Santa Barbara, California for a wine bloggers conference
  • supporting local events on television
  • attending various wine events with media accreditation

My goals are simple. I want to write about wine and the industry. I want to foster positive relationships with wineries (especially in British Columbia; BC viticulture is so fascinating!) to help enhance their clientele’s experiences of their products. It is also a goal of mine to teach WSET and ISG certification courses using my B.Ed. background.

I hope you enjoy my witty and educationally fun posts, and please, feel free to leave a comment or email me at! You can also follow me on Twitter @DemystifiedVine, Instagram (demystifiedvine) or like The Demystified Vine on Facebook. I would love to engage with you.


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Current book: Mindfulness for Beginners
Current favorite past-time: Working on my commissioned abstract piece of art
Currently looking for: time
Current favorite wine: I recently fell in love with Condrieu.

Please enjoy all alcoholic beverages responsibly!

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Carl Larsen says:

    Someone who knows wine but is not a snob

  2. Vincent M. says:

    The website looks excellent. Looking forward to all of the resources and advice you can provide.

  3. Michael says:

    Very impressive website and you are very knowledgeable and personable. Terrific to meet you today!

  4. Rohan says:

    Valerie! Rohan here, forgot to email you when I got home. Shoot me an email when you get this so I’ve got ya.

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