I’m an Okanagan girl who, after many years spent working (in architecture, hence the ‘designs’ part of the name) and travelling abroad, decided to come back to the Valley and try to get a foothold in the wine industry. In the past several years I have managed to work in the cellar as an assistant winemaker, in tasting rooms, and I have worked two crush seasons. This, however, was enough for me to realise that I’m not cut out for cellar work. I branched out into the Sales and Marketing side of the industry which, as a ‘people person’, has much better suited me.
2012 was my big year of wine touring in central BC. I visited a total of 138 wineries, meaderies, cideries, and one distillery. I completed my WSET Level 2 and began my Level 3, which I passed with Distinction. For the past couple of years I have been teaching Wine Studies (Wine Sales Certificate Program, Introduction to BC Wine, and assorted wine workshops) at Okanagan College. I also work at Liquidity Wines, as Customer Experience & Communications Manager, and am about to complete further studies in Wine Business Management through Sonoma State University.
Now the season is starting to ramp up to the touring time again! I hope you will follow along on my journey. Cheers!
Erin Korpisto (Twitter/Instagram: @vinesanddesigns)