That’s right; there are now two of us blogging for the thewinefestivals.com. Along with Courtney, I will be bringing my own perspective and experiences with BC wine. Hopefully the two different perspectives will be interesting. We might agree sometimes and disagree other times, but thereâ€™s no doubt that we are both very enthusiastic about wine in BC and love to share that enthusiasm with you.
My first experience with BC wine was with a bottle of â€™93 Sumac Ridge Blanc de Noir which I bought for New Yearâ€™s Eve â€˜99-2000. After first touring wineries in the Okanagan in 2003, I decided that wine was the right career for me and began studying, reading, and trying as many wines as I could from then on. I started working with wine at a u-brew and then later at wineries after moving to the Okanagan. Much of my early experience with wine has been on the production side and I have worked in the cellars of various wineries in Naramata, Okanagan Falls and the Black Sage bench since moving to the Okanagan. Two years ago, I switched to selling wine at a large specialty wine store and started a podcast called Wine Country BC, both of which allow me to share my experiences and love of BC wine.
I like wines that offer up a lot of different things â€“ flavors, aromas, and colors â€“ but reveal them only slowly, over time. Sometimes Iâ€™ll try to age a wine in my small cellar to see how it will change. Other times Iâ€™ll give a wine what I call â€˜trunk agingâ€™, which means that Iâ€™ll let it age in the trunk of my car as I bring it home for dinner that night. Whichever way it gets here, I like wines that can hold my attention for the whole meal and bring that warm, convivial feeling to any occasion whether itâ€™s an anniversary dinner or pizza on a Tuesday. Â
Working on bottling lines (which I have done at a few different wineries), watching the thousands of bottle move past me, I was always struck by the same thought: each one of these bottles is destined to be someoneâ€™s special dinner wine, or a gift to a friend, or a movie night wine. There is something very special that way about wine, unlike any other food or beverage. I hope to share with you my enthusiasm for wine and maybe we can pop a cork (or crack a screw-top)Â or two together. Cheers!