what I do: direct the leadership transition
“Remember - I know where the pipes are buried”
In 1993, I co-founded Tinhorn Creek with my wife Sandra and our friends Bob & Barb Shaunessy. After we built a strong team successful enough to attract the interest of Canada's largest wine company, I now help guide this team through the transition to Tinhorn Creek's next chapter.
The facts: I hold a BA Sc in chemical engineering and studied viticulture at UC Davis; everything old is new again - I was once a consultant in the process control industry, and now am consulting in wine and tourism; I have a collection of old Volkswagens mid-restoration.
viticulturist/ vineyard manager
what I do: determine what the vines need, lead the farming team
“Pardon me Kenn, but that meeting is during the hockey game…”
I moved from Australia to British Columbia in June 2009. That was an interesting harvest for BC vineyards – the one with three days of sub-zero temperatures in October when many grapes were still on the vines. But not our vines. I’d say I caught on pretty quickly.
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 Oldfield. 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.
director of sales & marketing
what I do: plan how we tell the world about our wines
“I need to grab a bottle of the unreleased The Creek. Andrew, is it bottled yet?”
In 1998 I finished university in Montreal and moved to Tokyo for a few years to build a career in the food and wine import industry. A few years turned into seventeen, eventually calling Japan, Italy and South Korea home. But I'm originally from Oliver - I grew up on a farm at Road 9 within eyesight of the winery and went to high school here. So when I saw a job posting for Tinhorn Creek it was like a sign saying come home. Some things are meant to be.
The facts: I went to business school in Italy to get my MBA in marketing and so I could drink the local wine; I worked in Japan's wine industry for more than a decade; I speak fluent Japanese, poor French, and laughable Italian.
finance & administration manager
do: Manage two of our key resources – finances and people – both close to my heart.
“Did you budget for that? Do we have people in place? I like this wine!”
I'm a bit of a free spirit, which might not seem typical for a CPA (I know). I was born in England and worked in a few countries before choosing Canada as home. Even while raising our family in Alberta I kept an eye on BC, and eventually it just made sense to move here because the tourism and hospitality industries are so strong - plus the stunning location and wonderful warm weather. And there's the wine, of course.
The facts: I graduated school in the UK but got my CPA designation in Canada; years ago I worked at the United Nations in Rome, Italy; our family is quite outdoorsy and always exploring new fun things; I’ll cook almost anything – except dessert.
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).
bc sales manager
what I do: Provide wine education and get Tinhorn wines into your favourite BC restaurants and stores
“I rode 80km 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 currently am a WSET Diploma Candidate and 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, a mountain bike stage racer, cyclist and all round bike junky.
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.
dtc /wineclub manager
what I do: put Tinhorn wines into the hands (and cellars) of wine lovers
“Oh, a new release? Fantastic! Umm I need more of that wine for Crush Club, pretty please”
I was born in Quesnel, spent my youth in the Kootenays, and did a stint in Alberta (shout out to Banff). In 2011 I landed in the south Okanagan and deepened my love affair with BC wine. A background in hospitality and customer service made the transition to Tinhorn Creek easy: I joined the team in 2014 as the DTC/Wineclub Assistant and in June 2017 became Manager. I'm curious about people's stories, love learning, and am certain I have the best job in the world.
The facts: at 18 I travelled to India, then spent two years in Ireland and Scotland; I'm certified as a World Host, am a BC Wine Ambassador, and completed WSET Level 2; despite wanting to make my work life more digital, I have an addiction to books.