what I do: make wine, be sustainable, chair health & safety programs
“I have 40 or 50 opportunities to make the best Merlot – overall, it’s really not many.”
The facts: I studied winemaking and Canadian history at the University of California at Davis (affectionately known as UC Davis); I worked at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma; I’m part owner at Tinhorn Creek; I have a vintage purse addiction.
what I do: make amazing wine (& have an awesome time doing it)
I moved to the Okanagan (the second time) early in 2014. Working at Tinhorn, I have been given the opportunity to make the country’s best wines and learn from a very experienced team. I’m originally from Ontario, and after spending the past 8 years in 4 countries it feels like I’ve finally come home.
The facts: I have a Bachelor of Science from Guelph and a Master of Science in Oenology from Adelaide; I made wine in McLaren Vale, Northern Rhone, Marlborough, Niagara, and the Okanagan/Similkameen; as a teen I saw Nirvana
Sue Des Lauriers
director of sales & marketing
What I do: connect people with the wines, the place, the experience.
vice president, finance & admin/cfo
what I do: keep Tinhorn on budget
“Did we really budget for that? Well, okay then.”
I joined Tinhorn Creek in 1997 as the marketing manager before putting on the money belt in 2008. It was a natural move for me, with a background in marketing and international business. And this way, I can keep an eye on both Sandra’s and Andrew’s budgets. Mostly.
The facts: I have a BA in Economics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of British Columbia; I worked with some of the big fish at Coca-Cola and Scott Paper; like many people from eastern Canada who go to university in BC, I never went back. (sorry, Ontario)
what I do: special projects, loaf
bc sales manager
what I do: get Tinhorn wines into your favourite BC restaurants and stores
“I ran 10km before breakfast. Hey – are you going to eat those almonds?”
I started working with Tinhorn Creek in 2008, after spending over a decade representing some big name international wines. In that time I’ve realized it’s who you’re working with – and for – that makes all the difference. Meeting such amazing people is the best part of my job.
The facts: I have WSET Level 3 Advanced and Court of Master Sommeliers Level 2; before Tinhorn, I sold wine for people like Jackson Estates Wines and Pernod Ricard Canada; I am Ironman – seriously, I’m on my 5th Ironman triathlon and I coach other triathletes to help them reach their goals.
what I do: pour wine, talk wine, sell wine
“I think we might need more glasses.”
I’ve worked at Tinhorn Creek since 2001. Like many other people who make BC their home, I’m originally from ‘somewhere else’; in my case, it was Saskatchewan, then Banff and Saltspring Island before finally calling the Okanagan ‘home’ in 1999. My job at Tinhorn fits perfectly with my love of wine and food.
The facts: I completed the Winery Assistant Program at Okanagan College (formerly OUC); I have a background in retail and the restaurant industry; on my days off I can be found scouring local flea markets in search of art project materials.
Terry Meyer Stone
Direct to Consumer/WineClub Manager
what I do: put tasty Tinhorn
wines into the hands of happy
“Can I have that wine for the next Crush Club shipment, pretty please?”
The facts: I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Calgary; I’ve worked as an advertising executive, TV show host, I once owned a modeling agency, and I’m a former Miss Canada (no, I won’t tell you what year); in my spare time I help my husband grow grapes and chase chickens.