Barbara Philip MW was the first Western Canadian to achieve the Master of Wine designation in 2007 and has worked for BC LIQUOR since 2009. Barb is Category Manager for all European still wines as well as VQA and BIBC. In addition to her role with BC LIQUOR, she works as a presenter, journalist and judge with a small company she runs with her husband Iain called Barbariain Wine Consulting. In addition to lecturing across the United States, Europe and Canada, Barb has judged for the Argentina Wine Awards, Gambero Rosso and the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. For ten years, she was the wine columnist on CBC Radio One’s “On The Coast”
Barb has been recognized for her work in European wine by some of the world’s most prestigious wine organizations and is a member of the Confrérie des Gentilshommes de Fronsac, the Confraria do Vinho do Porto, the Commanderie des Grands Vins d’Amboise and the Confrèrie des Chevaliers du Tastevin in Burgundy.
Grew up in North Vancouver and North Kamloops. Followed by 4 years in the RCMP in Alberta. Then came the British Invasion and started a broadcasting career that’s still going. For 27 years the host/producer of Mulligan Stew at CKUA Radio. Weekly two hour music show.
Also the Mulligan Stew Podcast , a You Tube Channel and Tasting Room Radio, which started in a studio in a barn on Naramata Bench exactly 15 years ago. 100’s of food and wine interviews later tdm is getting comfortable in his wine world.
Also co-hosted Hollywood and Vines TV with pal Jason Priestley. Seen in over 90 countries.
Actor, Writer, Film Critic, Broadcaster of the Year in BC, Host of MuchWest/MuchMusic, Good Rocking Tonight on CBC National.
Along the way, Interviewed everyone from Jimi to Janis, Bowie to Beatles, The Stones, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Joni and Neil.
Inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant who writes about wine, presents seminars, hosts events, judges wine competitions, and works with restaurants on their wine programs. His various industry certifications and credits come from entities including the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the Court of Master Sommeliers & the Winemaking Program at UC Davis.
A former Vancouver International Wine Festival Sommelier of the Year, his writing outlets have included Eater, Decanter, Maclean's, and Vancouver magazine.
Appearances have included running wine service at James Beard House in New York, a city where he has occasionally participated in tasting panels at Wine & Spirits magazine, and being the subject of profiles in Wine Enthusiast magazine.
In recent years, Kolt also co-founded and runs ‘Top Drop’ in both Vancouver and Calgary, an annual terroir-focused trade and consumer wine event Western Living magazine has dubbed, “The one wine tasting of the year you shouldn’t miss.”
Jenna has worked in various areas of the wine industry from hospitality to business consulting. She successfully completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma in 2018 and is an instructor for the programme in Vancouver. In 2019 she completed the WSET Educator Training Programme. She is the Project Director for Top Drop Canada, a terroir focused wine festival in Vancouver and Calgary. She is an international wine judge for competitions such as 5 Star Wines and the Judgment of BC. She has been a student in the Master of Wine programme and became a VinItaly Italian Wine Ambassador in 2018. Jenna is currently the Technical Director for the Best Sommelier of British Columbia and has helped curate the Best Sommelier of Canada competition.
Her time as a sommelier has been spent working in several restaurants, including Vancouver’s own Hawksworth and Elisa and abroad at Medlar and Lorne in London, England. Jenna’s home is as the General Manager of Café Medina in Vancouver, Canada, where she has built an award- winning team over the last 9 years. In 2016, she was recognized by Vancouver Magazine as one of the top six front-of-house ‘All-Stars ’in the Vancouver scene.
Jo Audette has spent twenty-seven years in the hospitality industry, with seventeen of those years having a focus on wines, wine pairing, and development of wine menus and cellars.
Jo’s successes in restaurant and bar management led her to her true calling, and she is now an accomplished wine consultant, sommelier and wine buyer based at Big White Ski Resort, catering to a national and international clientele.
Her certifications include: WSET 3 Wine and Spirits (including partial completion of her Diploma); Canadian Wine Scholar; Sommelier Certification; Cicerone Level 1; and Fine Vintage Sensory and Olfactory Certification. Additionally she has won Gold Awards in Mixology and Wines competition, but that is another story ;)
When Mia moved to the Okanagan, it was like a bomb went off in the wine world, quick to make friends with her outgoing personality and free range attitude, she quickly became a recognizable face amongst winemakers and chefs alike.
Originally from Edmonton, Mia has been an important figure in the Okanagan restaurant and winery scene since 2014 when she opened Krafty Kitchen and Bar as General Manager. She founded Free Range Tours alongside Chris Shaften as a natural intersection of her passion for hospitality, wine and the Okanagan Lifestyle.
Together they curate Free Range Tours, but it is Mia’s Passion, wine knowledge and insider connections that elevate the tours above any other.
Mia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in financial specialty and is level 3 certified in WSET wine education. Mia will be continuing her wine studies with aspirations of becoming a Master Sommelier.
Rory’s interest in wine was sparked twenty years ago with a tour guide job at a well-known Okanagan winery, which has led him to his current role as part of the buying team for local retail chain, Everything Wine.
He tastes thousands of wines each year and travels the world in search of wines that are distinctive, appealing, and offer great value to BC’s diverse consumer. He also keeps a finger on the pulse of the local wine scene as the group’s BC Buyer.
Rory lives in beautiful North Vancouver with his partner, Robyn, and their pup, Bella.
(KELOWNA, BC) – April 17, 2023: On April 3 through 5, 2023, fifteen esteemed professional wine judges from Western Canada gathered in...
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British Columbia's oldest and most prestigious wine judging competition that recognizes excellence in winemaking for all British Columbia wineries.
The Okanagan Wine Festival Society is made up of a number of Okanagan wineries and tourism related businesses. Every member is recognized as an outstanding service or product supplier in their related industry.
We’re proud to produce 3 seasonal festivals with over 100 events annually and an annual wine competition in the Okanagan Valley – one of the world’s most renowned wine regions.