Eugene Mlynczyk MW

Eugene Mlynczyk MW

Date an MW: 2015
Based in: Canada

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Biography

Eugene's love of wine began in California while studying at Stanford University in the 1980s. His education was broad and encompassed many disciplines, but he ultimately majored in art (painting and drawing). He subsequently earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Indiana University. Eugene's interest in wine grew after his return home to Toronto, Canada, as the fledgling industry in the local Niagara region was beginning to really take shape. He began studying wine in earnest in the late 1990s and launched a new career in the wine trade shortly thereafter. While he has never fully forgotten his roots in the arts, Eugene's current role is Luxury Portfolio Manager at Arterra Wines Canada (formerly Constellation Brands and before that, Vincor Canada), where he is responsible for selling a global range of wines across the country. He is a passionate and engaged educator as well, helping co-direct the WSET Diploma programme at Toronto's long-established Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG). Eugene became a Master of Wine in 2015 after four years of study, somehow passing the written examination on his first attempt. He was the proud recipient of the Robert Mondavi Award for the best performance across all the Theory papers, which was presented to him by the illustrious Mark de Vere MW, one of the key people who helped Eugene 'cross the finish line.' Thank you, Mark! When not drinking, sharing or describing wine, Eugene tries to focus on family activities, and can often be found running in the woods competing in his favourite sport, orienteering.