Leona De Pasquale
Leona De Pasquale DipWSET is a wine writer, translator and educator and the Founder & Chief Educator of Camellia and Vine, a wine and tea event and training company in London. She started her career in the wine industry in 2003, firstly in Taiwan and then in the UK. She has been working for various UK wine companies, including Vinopolis, Bibendum, Walker & Wodehouse, Berkmann and was the Head of Training for WineEd, a London-based wine training and event company (sister company of Jascots Wine Merchant) for the last few years.
Leona is a Certified Madeira Wine Educator, Master of Wine student and is also a freelance wine writer, translator, certified WSET wine educator. She currently writes for various international publications such as Falstaff International, Club Oenologique and GuildSomm, The News Lens, Wine & Spirits Digest. Previously, she wrote and translated for Decanter Magazine (Taiwan) and Le Pan Magazine.
Leona has translated some of the most authoritative wine books including The World Atlas of Wine, American Wine, Natural Wine and Amber Revolution. She judges at various international wine competitions including the IWSC, Decanter Retail Awards, Mundus Vini, International Rose Competition and the Bulk Wine Competition. In addition to her love for wine, Leona also takes tea seriously as it’s what she grew up drinking. She has gained her tea qualifications (Tea Sommelier and Tea Champion) through the UK Tea Academy.
As a passionate educator in wine and tea, three courses she designed for the hospitality sector-Wine Fundamentals, Tea Fundamentals, Wine Service for Hospitality Professionals, have been endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality.