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.
viticulturist/ vineyard manager
what I do: determine what the vines need, lead the farming team
“Pardon me Sandra, but that meeting is during the hockey game…”
The facts: I have a Diploma in Viticulture from Melbourne University, a Trade Certificate from Brit Bendigo, and I studied Geography at the University of Newcastle; I worked at Ormonhill Vineyards, Colbinabbin Estate, and Freeman’s Bridge; I’ve been known to make a really good stout beer.
what I do: make amazing wine (and have an awesome time doing it)
"I might have kept some wine aside from that block. You know, just in case,"
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 perform at Maple Leaf Gardens (so sweet!).
what I do: lead the harvest, oversee fermentation, blend, barrel, bottle
“I think we need to taste this again. Or maybe a few more times.”
I started working at Tinhorn Creek in 1998, in the cellar with Sandra. It was just after my move from the Lower Mainland and a pretty big career change. At first, I worked in the lab as the lead for quality control. The move to Stelvin twist-offs? That was partly me.
The facts: I have a Diploma in Food Service from Langara College; before winemaking, I worked as a food service technician in hospitals and healthcare institutions; there’s a good chance I have the most Boston Terriers in the Okanagan.
what I do: special projects, loaf
vice president, finance & admin/cfo
what I do: keep Tinhorn on budget
“Did we really budget for that? Well, okay then.”
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)
sales & marketing manager
what I do: plan how we tell the world about our wines
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.
alberta sales manager
what I do: get Tinhorn wines into your favourite Alberta restaurants and stores
“Tell the Andrews I need more Pinot Gris. And Merlot. Just make more wine, please. These Alberta folks are thirsty.”
I began working with Tinhorn in the summer of 2015. I’m an Alberta original, so it’s wonderful to bring delicious BC wine onto my home turf. After decades in this business I’ve learned that wine is about sharing a sense of place; I love having one foot in these two beautiful provinces and spending time with each. It’s the best.
The facts: I’m a wine geek, holding WSET Level 3 Advanced (with merit) and International Sommeliers Guild Level 2; I studied Business Administration & Management at UBC and U of A; when I was 14 I hitchhiked across Canada one summer to sell balloons at a circus. (thanks, mom, for wiring cash when funds got low).
Terry Meyer Stone
dtc /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.
what I do: pour wine, talk wine, sell wine