What the heck is Innovation anyway?
Linda Bramble believes that anyone who can taste and smell and has the interest, can become a connoisseur of fine wine. Her contributions to the wine community have won her awards from the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival as Business Person of the Year (2001), the Woman in Gastronomy of the Year(2002), and she has been inducted as a professional associate into Brock University's Cool Climate and Oenology Institute (CCOVI) (2007), a fellow in the Ontario Hostelry Institute (2006) and the Ducati dei Fruili (2004). In March, 2008, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award for her contributions to the Ontario wine industry, awarded by Brock University at the Experts' Tasting, where the Governor General of Canada was attending.
In 2010 she had the honour of receiving the Wine Educator of the Year Award from the Ontario Hostelery Institute as well as the Wine Journalism Award selected by the Wine Writers of Canada and sponsored by Vines Magazine.
After graduating from the University at Buffalo with a Ph.D. in philosophy and education, Linda taught at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, then Concordia University in Montreal. When she returned to Niagara because of her husband's career, she became the Program Director for the Niagara Institute, a center for the study of leadership. While there, she, along with three others, started a regional magazine and her beat became the burgeoning wine industry.
From that point on, she was hooked. She gathered credentials from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, the International Sommelier Guild and became a sommelier and teacher of sommeliers. During that period she wrote five books on wine, food and wine travel, and contributed regular articles to several national and international publications. When Brock opened its wine institute, (CCOVI) she re-joined the Brock faculty to teach wine appreciation and excellence in wine sales and service.
Today, Linda dedicates most of her time to writing, and has published a book titled Wine Visionaries of Niagara (Lorimer, 2009) that traces its radical transformation. She still contributes to magazines, writes scripts for animated on-line training games, conducts seminars and tastings. She is also an academic coach for the eMBA program at Athabasca University.