(Pictured: Team Kalala (L-R) Karnail, Tibby and Julie.)

Tibor “Tibby” Erdelyi became Kalala Organic Estate Winery’s winemaker last year, assisting since 2008. Food, wine and the business of making them successful have been his lifelong passions: first becoming a chef, then a winemaker, with years of wine retail and marketing experience in between.

His passion for food led him to become one of Vancouver’s star chefs, working at many fine-dining establishments in the city. When he moved to the Okanagan to work at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, little did he know that his friendship with then Summerhill vineyard manager Karnail Singh Sidhu would later evolve into Kalala.

Like many of the Okanagan’s finest winemakers, Tibor completed his winemaking studies at the Okanagan University College, continuing to learn under well-known winemaking consultant, Dr. Alan Marks.

Tibor’s vast experience in cooking makes him one of the most knowledgeable local winemakers to discuss food and wine pairing with. The numerous prestigious awards from the 3 brands of Kalala, Dostana and 3 Cru wines demonstrates his talent for making all things tasty. Whatever his medium, Tibor delivers beautiful harmony within all of his creations.

This Spring Wine Festival, satisfy both your taste buds and your conscience by participating in Kalala’s popular annual event, “Where East Meets West.” Sample their delicious wines exquisitely paired with East Indian tapas…with Dawn Boys (www.dawnboysyoga.com) providing yoga in the vineyard! Saturday May 10th, 11am – 4pm at the winery. Admission for food and wine pairing by donation to the West Kelowna Food Bank, please bring cash or non-perishable food items.

~ Sarah Willard