Brad Royale has been involved in retail and restaurant management for twenty-one years and holds diplomas from the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust along with the sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Known for his discerning tasting skills, Royale has been involved in professional wine judging for the past 15 years, being retained by Wine Access, Culinaire Magazine, Wine and Spirits Magazine and WineAlign. Brad travels frequently to meet new producers and explore new wines. His travels take him all over the world including regions in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Austria, Germany, United States, Chile, Australia, Portugal, Argentina, Australia and Japan. 

Royale has won multiple awards for his extensive wine programs from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, World of Fine Wine (Three Stars) and The Vancouver Wine Festival.  In 2012 Royale launched Kitten Swish, a micro-negotiant that sources carefully curated wines from France, Germany, Spain, United States, Hungary and Canada.

It isn’t a secret that Finkus Bripp is not my real name. So when I met Brad back in 2010, the first thing I said was “Hey awesome… another wine guy using a stage name!”

When he looked at me in a puzzled manner and told me that it’s his REAL NAME, I found it even cooler. Brad ROYALE. And still to this day I think… what a cool f**king name! But behind that name is one of the kindest, most experienced and best palates I’ve ever met in the wine biz.

One of Canada’s and North America’s leading wine personalities. Proud to have him in our Crüe.

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Resides in:Calgary, AB, Canada
Available for:Sommelier consultation services
Wine journalism
Staff training
Wine judging competitions
Public speaking engagements
Wine education
Wine import
Active:In Alberta and across Canada
Websites:Consulting –
Micro-négotiant –
Social:Twitter: @bradroyale
Instagram: @bradroyale