"Ryan is quite knowledgable and passionate about wine. His passion is quite evident watching him build our wine school from scratch, creating the lesson plans, carefully curate the wine and most importantly while teaching, always managing to focus in on what matters most and explain things in a relatable way for our members. He is charismatic, professional and knows how to throw some fun into the class as well. I would highly recommend The Flying Somm for your professional Sommelier needs as our members have had nothing but appreciation for his services." 


Costa, The Vintage Conservatory

"Ryan is very knowledgeable and passionate about wine. I gave him some flavour profiles and told him what I liked and he matched them perfectly. The wine choices were superb. I would highly recommend The Flying Somm!" 

Alex and Noah, Yorkville Residents 

"When I was first propositioned with private wine ordering through Ryan, I'll admit, I wasn't sure if it was for us. My wife and I love to drink wine but we didn't have the most educated palate but we knew what we liked. Ryan quickly figured out exactly the style of wine we like and managed to find better quality wine from different and unique regions, often at better prices. His producer profile, tasting notes and food pairing suggestions with each wine have helped educate us greatly. I couldn't imagine procuring wine any other way and it goes without saying, I would highly recommend The Flying Somm!" 

Dr. A and Dr. K, Shangri-La Residents, Toronto

"Ryan, thank you so much for such fabulous night! I’m still getting emails this morning from our clients on what a fantastic evening they had. You were hilarious and made everyone feel welcomed. I can’t tell you of a time where I learned so much about wine in just a couple of hours. I appreciate all your support in making sure this event was a great success. We will definitely need your help again soon for our next event!"   

Kevin Noguera, Straticom 

"I completed Ryan’s 10 course Wine Specialist Program.  Before taking the course I lacked the confidence and knowledge to make my own choices or discover incredible wines from all around the world. The Flying Somm did a fantastic job of summarizing and presenting the material in a way that made learning fun. For those who wanted to learn even more, he would suggest additional reading material and was always available to answer questions.  I found it refreshing to take a course taught by someone so knowledgeable and passionate about the material.  I would most certainly recommend this program to anyone interested in a thorough introduction to the world of wine." 

Paul Povolo, P.Eng

"Working with Ryan is always a pleasure and so much fun. We have hosted multiple events with him and our clients love his energy, and positive attitude. He is able to take any dinner menu and find the perfect pairing for each course. When we're planning unique experience with wine, he is definitely our go to Sommelier. We highly recommend using Ryan for any and all sommelier needs!" 

Tina Iaquinta, CEO Modern Concierge Inc

"Ryan has had a huge impact on our wine education journey. We took his wine course through the Vintage Conservatory and thoroughly enjoyed each class getting to learn about a different region each night.  We would highly recommend Ryan for his professional Sommelier services. His sense of humour, knowledge and passion for wine makes it very enjoyable to be in his wine classes."

Tiffany and Paul

“I hosted a dinner for my team and was looking for something unique to further elevate the evening. Ryan was able to deliver on this by seamlessly curating a wine menu to pair with our meal and navigating us through the world of wine via the eyes of a sommelier. Everyone enjoyed themselves and walked away learning something. Look forward to engaging Ryan in future and would highly recommend him to anyone.”

Hugo, Vine Group 

"I found Ryan’s wine education events to be informative, practical and enjoyable, helping me appreciate wine at a deeper level. I have since had Ryan host wine tasting dinners for me and clients, where he found the perfect balance between wine education and wine enjoyment, which worked for both novice and experienced guests. The Flying Somm is an excellent choice for adding a unique and memorable dimension, to your dinner or wine tasting event." 

Michael Tamblyn, Torkin Manes LLP  

"It is my pleasure to write a short reference for Ryan Sullivan: sommelier, raconteur, and teacher. 


He has worked in the Vintage Conservatory,  where I first met him as the teacher in a course on Introductory Wine Tasting. His enthusiasm in bringing a polyglot group of individuals together to teach them about different wine regions around the globe and learn about the nuances of taste, terroir, and terminology, was infective. He made me want to learn more. 


I’ve recommended him to lecture at other wine tasting events where, I’m sure, he will prove to be both entertaining and educational. I believe that he would make a great addition to any wine program with his knowledge and easy going manner." 

Dr. Bill Hawrysh 

"The stories or notes on a particular wine/vineyard Ryan has is remarkable! The taste comparisons he makes you do are so helpful, and his enthusiasm about wine carries over to whomever gets the pleasure of being in his presence. He is extremely engaging! He makes learning about the daunting subject of wine an experience to remember. I always enjoy learning something from him!" 

Cathy Chuchro

"Ryan, I would like to thank you again on behalf of my Ares team for hosting a spectacular virtual wine tasting event with us! You really knew how to "aerate your audience" to have everyone openly kick back & enjoy some fine wines with your extensive sommelier expertise. We certainly could have picked your brain all night drinking together with more Q&A. The Flying Somm definitely hosted our most unique team event yet this year!"

Erica Bergmann, Ares Managment  

"I found Ryan through his Wine School classes at the VC and kept going back because he makes class really enjoyable and the wine education really approachable. I highly recommend this series!

I have also brought Ryan in to host corporate events. He expertly matched the wines to our menus and managed to surprise the most discerning palates with wines from regions that our guests had never considered before. It was a terrific way to keep the conversation light and took the pressure off of me to serve and to appear knowledgeable. It’s money well spent for a memorable event!"

Kerigan Kelly, MCIP RPP

"Ryan has been a huge help at our restaurant. Our wine list transformed, into a carefully articulated all-Italian list - which would have been impossible without Ryan. His extensive knowledge and passion for wine, is undeniable. In addition to our now extensive wine list, Ryan also educated all of our staff with a very informative tasting. Our staff were entirely engaged throughout the entire tasting. We would highly recommend Ryan for any Sommelier services."



Eleonora Caldato 

President of Mangia & Bevi

"Ryan makes the world of wine so much better.  He has personally taught us to explore our options beyond the traditional.  And for the world of Hyr Live, he is sharing his incredible breadth of knowledge and expertise to those who want to learn.  Ryan has definitely made wine more enjoyable, and learning about it so fun!"

Erika Mozes

Co-Founder & COO, Hyr Inc.

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