Keith Nicholson

Founder of Statera Academy Ltd. & Certified WSET® Instructor

Keith Nicholson is a certified Sommelier, who spent the majority of his career in the wine and hospitality business in Vancouver.  He has worked on the hospitality side with over twenty-five years within restaurant management and presenting wine programs at some of BC’s top dining establishments such as The Bearfoot Bistro and Le Crocodile.  Previously Keith was a Sales Consultant selling wine to restaurants and Liquor retail.  He has spent time harvesting wine at the Laughing Stock Vineyards in Naramata, BC, and was a past Instructor with the International Sommeliers Guild.

Keith completed the WSET Diploma in 2014, received his Teachers Certification and then created Statera Wine Academy, which is an Approved Program Provider for WSET Certifications in Wine, Sake and Spirits.   He also continues to work as a restaurant consultant in wine program development and front of house staff training.

Keith is a winner of the VIPWF Sommelier Challenge, a scholarship recipient from Society of Wine Educators and a Sommelier of the Year finalist from the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

Keith Nicholson has been on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) BC Chapter since the opening the BC Chapter in 2014 and presently holds the position Vice President. CAPS holds the Best of BC Sommeliers competition annually in connection with the Vancouver International Wine Festival. To become a member or find out more details visit

Keith is also a Facilitator for the Wines of BC Ambassador Program. For more information on the newly revamped program for Spring 2021, click here.