Hi everybody! I'm a professional wine maker with a background in journalism and restaurants. I grew up in North Surrey, BC, Canada in a neighbourhood call Bolivar Heights. I may be the only one who knew that was the actual name of the area. Most just called it North Whalley.
You can follow along the wine maker's journey by checking out the Black Cloud
(my blog) and see if we get to create our own winery at some point. I promise to start updating more than I have in the past. I'm heavily influenced by social media and I can often lend a helpful hand to those looking to explore 'socmed' for the first time.
I'm the winemaker/keeper of the quality at Township 7 Vineyards & Winery
since 2005 where the team and I have managed to continue creating outstanding red and white wines that have garnered over 100 local and international awards.
I'm also in the process of creating my own brand called Black Cloud
. My wife Audralee Daum and me have spent the last few years building our tiny Pinot Noir exclusive label up to about 300 cases and we are now in the process of attracting investors to take us from a virtual to an actual winery.
I spend a lot of time on Twitter
, and other social media sites. Real-time exchange of ideas and relationship building is changing our lives faster then we know - in the wine world and in our everyday lives.
I'm married with 4 children. Melanie (32), Taylor (24), Jackson (21) and Ben (12). And now girl grandchild Bo, who's just a little over 2 years. (as of June , 2013)
You can find more out about me and my professional services here
or by checking my list of links off to the right.
I live in Okanagan wine country, on the Naramata Bench, on the east side of Penticton, B.C., Canada. I love to ski and have since I was 12. I've recently started running again. Come on out here
and cheer me on as I take on the Half!
*Update: I successfully ran the Las Vegas Half Marathon in 2:39! Yah!
** Update: Successfully ran the BMO 1/2 Marathon on May 6, 2012
*** Running the inaugural Half Marathon in Banff on June 23, 2013