Food & Wine Trails Magazine
Writers & Contributors:
(in alphabetical order)
Blake has more than five years of experience in the Summerland wine industry. A graduate of UBC, he works as a freelance writer specializing in wine and environmental issues. His wine of choice is a robust Malbec.
Roslyne Buchanan is based above the Naramata Bench, Penticton, BC, where she believes she has the perfect lifestyle balance to write and share her experiences. Her freelance work follows her successful fulltime career in Alberta in areas such as strategic marketing, communications, editing, media relations, event planning, relationship building, business development, fund development and supervisory leadership.
Thanks to her parent’s inclination to move the family across Canada, she learned how to find the beauty present everywhere. She prides herself in a global perspective and is thrilled in her travels to experience how the locals live, and to learn about people, new things and perspectives. Living in the Okanagan has heightened her enchantment of the wine industry and all things culinary plus recreational pursuits such as travel, golfing, skiing, hiking, tennis and snorkeling. Most adventures are shared with her husband, Mark and at home, they are managed by two felines Baja and Floyd. Find her personal blog at www.rozsmallfry.com and/or follow her on twitter @RozDB or on Instagram @roslynebuchanan
Lesley studied theatre in London, England, and travelled extensively before settling down in Penticton, B.C. For ten years she worked in the hospitality industry in restaurants and hotels in London, England; Sydney, Australia; and Vancouver and Ottawa. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a variety of Canadian literary journals. She recently graduated from the University of King’s College with a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the School of Journalism.
Elaine Davidson can’t seem to leave her former career as a journalist and communications director for Parks Canada behind as she plunges into life in the Okanagan. She is chronicling her love of the Valley in her blog, Naramatablendblog.wordpress.com. Elaine and her husband, “The Handyman”, are starting a Naramata berry farm and spending lots of time in the lake training to swim the English Channel this summer on a relay team.
Sue has been writing professionally since 1991. Starting in educational publishing, she moved on to writing books for young people. When she’s not skiing or on the yoga mat, Sue writes magazine articles on food and travel.
Kris Johnson is a proud resident of the beautiful and bountiful Okanagan Valley. He gets a kick out of taking visitors to local vineyards, orchards, and farms, exploring the valley’s numerous hiking trails, getting dirty and growing food, and looks forward to the day when he is so awash with bubbles that he can brush his teeth with sparkling wine. Kris also really loves his tan. Like, a lot.
Kerry MacNaull counts herself lucky to call Kelowna home, after immigrating to Canada from her native England over 25 years ago.
A “bon viveur”, and certified Sommelier, Kerry loves spending time at local wineries, tasting the new vintages and cooking for family and friends.
Married to Canadian travel writer Steve MacNaull, she often gets to accompany him on trips around the world but always loves coming home to the Okanagan.
Terry Meyer Stone
Terry’s career has gone from being Miss Canada 1975 and a city talk show host to being knee deep in chickens and hands-on in a vineyard with husband Andrew Stone. The two have a Garagiste winery Anarchist Mountain Vineyard in Osoyoos and are making small lots of excellent wines. Terry is also co-founder/co-producer of The Garagiste North Wine Festivals
Andrea Dawn Thomas
Andrea Thomas is a Hospitality Management and Wine Consultant. She is certified in WSET Levels 1, 2 and 3 and is in the process of completing her French Wine Scholar.
As a freelance writer of 15+ years, Henrietta Poirier helps clients find their voice and articulate their vision clearly and creatively. She has worked in Canada and the U.K. as a ghostwriter, copywriter, scriptwriter and blogger. She also provides clients with integrated digital marketing services and creative content strategies that cross media platforms.
Deanna Rainey is an Okanagan writer whose work has appeared in a variety of local and regional publications as well as corporate web sites. After studying Journalism she worked in the tourism industry and was involved with the development of many specialty travel publications. Her work appears regularly in BC Food and Wine Trails.
Her articles often celebrate the wine, food, people and places of the Okanagan Valley. She loves to travel and takes advantage of the many opportunities to be a tourist in BC with friends or her husband, Dave. Deanna’s greatest passion is her family and her two dogs. She loves to read and is an ardent hockey fan. She has resided in the Okanagan for over 35 years and is proud to call it home.
Originally from New Mexico, Abbey Westbury was overjoyed to make her way back to the high desert, hot summers and incredible skiing when she moved with her family to the Okanagan in 2012. She has been writing for various publications for the last decade, in between juggling her full-time job (mom) and all sorts of community volunteer work. Abbey and her husband own Nagging Doubt Wines, a boutique winery in beautiful Southeast Kelowna, where most of her neighbours raise alpacas. Alpacas are afraid of the dark.
Luke Whittall is a wine writer, educator, and sales professional. As the founder of WineCountryBC.ca, he has been writing about wine since 2009 and studying it for 8 years hence. He is currently completing a book on the history of wine in BC as well as the WSET Diploma. Since 2005, his career has so far led him to experience the wine industry working in cellars, vineyards, wine shops, stores, classrooms, and board rooms.