About Us

Based in Toronto, Canada, we specialize in providing corporate exclusive Champagne and Cognac learning experiences. These are the first of its kind in Canada, and have been specially designed for the corporate sector.

Meet Our Team: 

Liz Palmer, Founder

Liz has been a well-respected wine journalist since 2004 and has an international reputation as a critic and judge. Her articles have appeared in: Forbes, Huffington Post, China Wine News, Wine Picker Magazine, Beauty & The Bull Magazine, Heart Business Journal, GAM on Yachting, wedding and luxury magazines – both in USA and Canada.

Liz tastes thousands of wines annually at various international events. She is one of four founding international hosts for #ChampagneDay 2011-2017; and has served as a judge for the 2013-2017 Global Traveler’s Wines on the Wing airline wine competition (New York); 2014-2017 Michelangelo International Wine Awards (South Africa); and for the The Stevie Awards for Women in Business (New York) (2014-2017). Her Memberships include: Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada, Circle of Wine Writers (UK), International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV); and Wine Century Club (NYC).

Liz first book, “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne”  has garnered praise from numerous influential wine journalists, and other industry peers and has received the National Award for the best French Wine Book at the Gourmand World. On April 7th, 2017 Liz was appointed Dame Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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Florence Auffret, Marketing and Event Specialists

Thanks to her parents, winegrowers in Cognac,  the wine and spirits industry has always been a passion for Florence who completed her Master’s degree in International Business and Management in UK (Preston). With her desire to specialize in the luxury products, Florence decided to pursue another Master’s degree, this time in Paris, France specializing in Marketing and Management in the luxury product industry. With over 8 years of experience in marketing and brand management, Florence has been working at Château Latour (Bordeaux 1st growth), Hennessy (LVMH), Courvoisier (Beam Suntory) and Meukow Cognac.

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Melissa Umali, Communications and Events Specialist

 Melissa’s first love was fashion as she loved putting pieces together or creating her own alterations. Melissa started her career in retail which lead her into styling frequent customers who eventually became her exclusive “clients”.  Being lucky enough to be exposed to that scene at an early age and attending different types of events throughout the city, Melissa was able to get a sense of different fields which brought her to her second love – Food, Wine & Events.  Melissa describes herself as a (shy) social butterfly – usually with a cocktail or a glass of wine in her hand!  With passion for food, wine and events, planning private parties and weddings soon fell into place for families and friends and eventually new friends she met. Melissa loves creating events with a focus on making each one unique focusing on making sure everyone is having a good time and leaving with everlasting memories!

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Shadi Yazdan, Operations and Digital Strategies

 Anything technology related has always been a passion of Shadi’s but she has always treated her talents as a hobby until she started working with Liz and the team. Having the ability to apply her skills and knowledge to help grow Liz-Palmer Events has given Shadi a passion she did not know she had. As a lifelong learner, Shadi holds an MBA with a focus on strategy and marketing. On her free time, Shadi loves travelling to exotic places, practicing her photography skills, and enjoying a good glass of wine with family and friends.

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Jennifer Schwindenhammer, Administrative & Events Assistant

Thanks to her father who taught her how to taste wine, Jennifer soon found her passion and interest growing in the Wines, Champagnes & Spirits industry. Therefore, she decided to acquire her Bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Sciences and currently working on her Master in Hospitality Management in France.

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