Maude Renaud-Brisson

Founder

Born and raised in Québec, Maude has called Vancouver home for the last decade. Her love of food, travel, and people has led her to explore many different roles in the wine industry, from Sommelier at iconic restaurants such as Nightingale and Chambar, to her most recent role with Lifford Wine & Spirits importers. With an unpretentious approach to wine, she founded APÉROmode in 2019, to expand the community of wine enthusiasts by making wine accessible through education and events to share the Apéro culture in Vancouver. As a BC Hospitality Foundation and Les Dames D’Escoffier Scholarship recipient, Maude has always believed in giving back to the industry she loves and is now a board member of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers as well as starting her educator journey at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. An original student of the International Sommeliers Guild, the world of wine has always been about exploring for Maude, she obtained the Vinitaly Maestro certification and she is completing her studies with the WSET Diploma program. When she isn’t travelling in wine country or hosting her popular Apéro pop ups, you can find her moderating and presenting sold out seminars at various events such as Cornucopia Whistler Wine Festival. With over 10 years working in the wine industry and a great passion for wine, she recently placed top 3 in Canada in the prestigious global South Africa Sommelier Cup competition and is now an ambassador for Wines of South Africa locally.