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‘Ask Us’ Mini-Series with Poplar Grove Holler Brothers

‘Ask Us’ Mini-Series with Poplar Grove Holler Brothers

We are thrilled to share this edition of the ‘Ask Us’ mini-series with ¾ of the Holler brothers from family run, Poplar Grove Winery. Below they tell us what they would be doing if they weren’t in the industry, their defining career moments and some cheeky answers about their favourite lessons they’ve learned while working together.

What excites you most about BC wines?

M: The fact we’re all in it together – our neighbours are only one call away and that we’re helping one another out. There’s a real true sense of community. Blessing in disguise that we’re so small

A: Anytime you talk about them with people from another country, they have absolutely no idea who you’re talking about and you can blow them out of the water by a wine region they’ve never even heard of and couldn’t put a finger on a map as to where in Canada it could possibly be

C: Have your very own wine industry in your own province

What do you love most about working in the wine industry?

M: The farming – call my own hours, as long as the work gets done, I get to enjoy any part of the day – even thought that means working long hours. I am the master of my own domain, it allows me that comfort to enjoy everything around us.

A: I love being outside. I didn’t know this until I was in university and stuck inside every day in front of computer screens, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with my life then I started doing the vineyard work and pretty much working outside every day, winter, summer, fall – all year.

C: Raised farming and I love that aspect

If you weren’t in the wine industry what would you be doing?

M: In the mountains, skiing

A: Ski bum

C: Definitely farming fruit

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

M: We’re one of the few BC wineries to be recognized internationally and the World Decanter award for our 2008 Syrah from my vineyard that I manage is one award I’m most proud of.

A: Learning about the plant from the ground up – they a lot more complex than people know, they actually talk to each other.

C: My wife and I purchased our own farm in Okanagan Falls and my brothers and I just built a 10 ½ acres of Malbec, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

Defining moment in your career?

M: Choosing to move away from the city – enjoy the living outdoors. For the people that aren’t from here, they don’t understand it until they actually come here and then something just clicks, a great epiphany.

C: Just switching careers from the office to the fields and finishing the vineyards in Okanagan Falls

What is your favourite lesson you have learned?

M: One can’t manage their brothers

A: Doesn’t matter what happens, your job is never finished until the snow flies.

C: Patience

If you could have dinner with any winemaker in the world who would you choose?

M: Not necessarily a wine maker but an experience -- Vertical of the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (comparison tasting) and a long table dinner

A: Visiting Felton Road Winery in New Zealand

C: I just had a great experience with Steven White from Stoney Ridge and I got to share a bottle of wine with him, so that was pretty cool



‘Ask Us’ Mini-Series -- Painted Rock Estate Winery

‘Ask Us’ Mini-Series -- Painted Rock Estate Winery

John Skinner, proprietor of Painted Rock Estate Winery, has a taste for wine and real estate -- that might be why he has one of the most popular vineyards and wineries in the Okanagan, BC, and arguably Canada. Read below to find out what accomplishment he’s proud of the most and which winemaker he would love to have dinner with.


What excites you most about BC wines?

Their validation on the international stage

What do you love most about working in the wine industry?

It’s youthfulness is so refreshing for me because it was very easy to have an impact.

If you weren’t in the wine industry what would you be doing?

That’s a good question -- I would probably be in the real estate business. I like the investment that we’ve made here and instinctively, I just like the idea of parking my money in dirt.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I think the realisation of the potential of this terroir because we have cut no corner to realize its true potential.

Defining moment in your career?

International recognition.

What is your favourite lesson you have learned?

Don’t doubt yourself.

If you could have dinner with any winemaker in the world who would you choose?

Christian Moueix



‘Ask Us’ Mini-Series -- Culmina Family Estate Winery

‘Ask Us’ Mini-Series -- Culmina Family Estate Winery

Another great interview in our ‘Ask Us’ mini-series. Today we sat with proprietors and owners of Culmina Family Estate Winery, Don and Elaine Triggs — keep reading below to learn more about what drives these two industry pioneers!

What excites you most about BC wines?

D: The fabulous quality and diversity

E: What’s happening in the Okanagan Valley with the quality of wines. The changes that have been made and the real development of the vineyards. Since we’ve been involved I see a lot of people making a lot of substantial changes.

What do you love most about the industry?

D: The people!

E: Well, I’m the numbers person but I very much like promoting and selling our wines — I love meeting our consumers!

If you weren’t working in the wine industry, what industry could we find you in?

D: Agriculture, growing something!

E: I’ve always enjoyed the arts, so I would find something in that industry to get involved in

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

D: My family.

E: There’s many, but one that really thrilled me was working with Frank Garey for the Le Clos Jordanne

What is the most defining moment in your career?

D: Leaving the family ranch in Manitoba.

E: I have made many major changes — I went from teaching and following my passion for art, to being a full-time mom, to becoming a chartered accountant, to owning a vineyard and now to this [the winery] — which is really the pinnacle.

Most memorable lesson in the industry:

D: Be patient — we’re growing grapes!

E: Learning that we are continuing to learn every day.

If you could have dinner with any winemaker in the world, who would it be?

D: One: Mr. Antoine Merlo, and two: Jean Charles Boisset