Lindsay

It all started at a hotel in a remote, Canadian National Park. Winters were bleak and there wasn’t much to do without tourists. Lindsay picked up some books about wine, thinking “maybe this will help with dinner service?” She never looked back.

Fast forward almost 20 years, Lindsay spent her whole career in some aspect of the wine business. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, a recovering restaurateur, a past retail wine buyer, and always a lover of “the peak experience.”

For her, sharing a love for wine and food is a vocation. You can be in the industry, but the real work is at the dinner table, surrounded by friendly faces, great dishes, and beautiful bottles. Find that great pairing, share knowledge of a producer, vintage or style, swap stories, taste, discover. That’s where the magic is.

Steven

After living the city life in Vancouver for many years as a sommelier and wine salesman, Steven Lane decided to make the leap to the Okanagan Valley. Armed with nothing but a glass, a camera, and a good pair of boots, Steven quickly sunk his teeth into the local tapestry of vineyards and wineries, soaking up hands-on experience like a sponge and loving every minute of it. As the author of an anecdotal wine memoir titled The Drunken Sommelier, Steven’s approach to wine is focused on creating the ideal context and conditions in which to kick back, open the mind, and enjoy a great glass. Or preferably, a great bottle.

Katherine

Katherine McEachnie has travelled around the world studying wine and viticulture and has realized her dream of owning a vineyard right here in the Okanagan Valley. Four years ago she and her husband bought a 10 acre private vineyard estate on the Naramata Bench in Penticton.

Katherine is a wine educator, wine judge, and wine writer. She has worked as a Liquor Inspector and Licensing specialist on the regulatory side of government and has studied wine extensively earning many notable achievements such as; WSET Diploma, Champagne Master, French Wine Scholar, Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and is a graduate of the Viticulture Program at Okanagan College.

Katherine brings her passion and enthusiasm for all things grapes to our team and is a valuable asset to our members as well.

Emily

Since moving to the Okanagan, Emily has immersed herself in the wine industry. She’s picked icewine for Sperling Vineyards, run the hospitality program at Tantalus, completed a harvest at Nichol Vineyard, all while achieving a Certificate in Viticulture from Okanagan College.

Emily is well-connected in the wine community and can often be found assisting in cellars throughout the valley as she feeds her voracious appetite for knowledge in all elements of the
business. Emily brings a unique and coveted perspective with her active hands-on experience producing the stuff that we all love to love and learn about.