Meeghan has over 25 years of experience in the drinks industry. During this time, she has travelled the world working in the business she is most passionate about the production of spirits, sake, wine & beer.
After mastering the grape, she trained in the grain - becoming firstly a brewer, then a distiller and consultant within the beer and spirits industry. She received a merit in the General Certificate in Distilling course with the IBD concentrating on the production of Whisky.
Sophia runs ‘The Drink Talking’, a UK based events company hosting an educational vlog and learning platform. She began her wine journey from the ground up in 2005 when her father planted a commercial Canadian vineyard.
In 2015 she qualified as a wine educator with The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and has travelled extensively throughout the UK, and overseas teaching our WSET wine courses to those working in the hospitality, food and drink industry but also to anyone keen to learn more about wine.
Leaving her homeland Canada after university, she travelled to Japan - it was here that she was introduced to the world of drinks when she landed a job learning to make Sake.
Following this, she gained a wide range of experience within the wine and spirits trade in the UK by working within retailing, importing, exporting, buying and finally distilling. At this time, she was invited to join the highly esteemed IWSC (International Wine & Spirits Competition) and IWC (International Wine Challenge) wine and spirits judging panels.
In 2011 she obtained her degree in viticulture and oenology at Plumpton College, which lead her to travel again - this time to the Mosel region of Germany, as well as France and New Zealand - to put her studies into practice as a winemaker.
The Cairn Distillery, Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland
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Gareth Richards, Quality & Environmental Advisor Gordon & Macphail
Just wanted to say thank you for running the course last week. Very enjoyable and I learnt a lot of new things that will benefit me in the future
Andrew Lindsay Terra Firma
Meeghan is an excellent tutor for the WSET spirits course. She brings her extensive knowledge of distilling and the spirits industry to add colour and interest to the curriculum and to the tastings
Emma McCallum, Visitor Experience Host Benromach Distillery
The WSET Course in Spirits has helped me develop my knowledge surrounding different spirits and I look forward to taking parts forward into my work here at the Distillery