Ross Borland

General Manager

With more than 25 years in the hospitality industry - from bellman up through hotel manager and every facet in between - Ross knows a lot about making customers feel welcomed and happy. He also knows about the value of a wisely selected drink, opening and overseeing busy pubs, restaurants and liquor stores during his hotel career. He now gets to guide a ship of smart, savvy sippers; the collective of positive people who run Vessel. 

Beer of choice : Driftwood Fat Tug IPA

Brent Muller

Retail Manager

A firmly transplanted Ontarian, Brent has made a big impact in the local wine industry since landing in Victoria. Building on his stint with the LCBO, Brent has worked up to management with various local wine retailers, as well as completing the French Wine Scholar and Sherry Certificate. He earned an apprentice judge position at the National Wine Awards of Canada in 2016. He is currently a WSET Diploma Candidate. 

Wine of choice : Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris

Sharon McLean

Education Director

One of Canada's leading wine educators, Sharon oversees the educational programming of our custom-built wine classroom, The Cru's Nest. Sharon is a co-founder of Cru Consultancy, the chair of the Vancouver Island Sommelier Association,  and a sought-after management consultant with over 25 years of international experience. She holds both the WSET and ISG Diplomas, is a certified Sherry Educator and French Wine Scholar instructor, and is a Masters of Wine candidate. 

Champagne of choice : Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Special Club Cuvée

Shawn Soole

Spirits Consultant

Aussie by birth, Victorian by heart, Shawn has spent the past 20 years travelling the globe mixing, mashing and making craft cocktails. One of the preeminant bartenders in North America, this published author, speaker and consultant advises Vessel on spirits, as well as leads spirited seminars in the Cru's Nest.

Spirit of choice : Amaro Lucano