Hospitality Manager Makes an “ENCORE”

Kelley Michael Schaefer Returns to Canada for Role with Top BC Wineries

[Penticton, BC] ENCORE Vineyards is elated to announce that Kelley Michael Schaefer has returned to the Okanagan to join their team as hospitality manager, from April 2019.

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Schaefer is in charge of all hospitality programs, guest services, special events, and the wine club for ENCORE Vineyards’ brands, including TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars and McWatters Collection.

Returning to the Okanagan is an “encore” for Schaefer, both literally by joining a company bythat name, and figuratively, as the return to hiscareer genesis.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the wine industry, Schaefer’s wine career began after completing the Okanagan College Oenology program in 1995. He then went on to work several vintages at numerous wineries in the Okanagan. This led to international tenures as head sommelier and wine director on Cunard Cruise Line’s QM2, at luxury resorts in
the Maldives, Starwood Hotels in Dubai, the Tokyo American Club in Tokyo, Japan (which he considers his second home), and most recently as corporate head sommelier and wine educator for luxury cruise line Seabourn.

His desire for a land-based role has led him home to British Columbia. “After living overseas for 15 years, to return to the place where my career started is a full circle moment for me.
I owe my career to the Okanagan College Oenology program, where Harry was my teacher,” Schaefer stated (referring to ENCORE Vineyards CEO Harry McWatters). “I am very proud to be part of the inaugural graduating class. I’m looking forward to working for a family-run business, especially a family with as much BC wine history as the McWatters.”

Throughout his career, Schaefer has served as a wine judge (in Japan, Dubai and Canada,) visited countless wine producing regions and attended wine industry events and workshops globally, including South Africa, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and all corners of the Old World.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Kelley to our team and have great confidence in what he will be able to accomplish,” shared Christa-Lee McWatters, ENCORE Vineyards sales and marketing manager. “The diversity of his career is truly unparalleled, and we feel fortunate to be privy to his breadth of expertise.”

TIME Winery Riesling Wins Top White Wine at 2018 Cornucopia

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October 12, 2018

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Penticton's TIME Winery Riesling Wins Top White Wine at 2018 Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial

[Penticton, BC] Downtown Penticton's TIME Winery is thrilled to announce that its 2017 Riesling has won Top White Wine in the Top 20 Wines for this year's Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial.

Judged by a panel of 13 esteemed industry experts in a closed, blind-tasting session, this year's competition saw an impressive number of submissions, especially from the British Columbia wine region.

Capably made by winemaker Nadine Allander, with delicious mineral aromas of lime, lemon zest and stone fruit, the food-friendly TIME Riesling 2017 also marks as the only Riesling to win in this year's Top 20 Wines.

"We are honoured to receive this recognition from Cornucopia. For a British Columbia wine like the TIME Riesling to win Top White Wine, it helps to showcase the quality of our local wine region and encourages more people to try a glass of wine from British Columbia," shares Harry McWatters, president of TIME Winery.

TIME Winery's award-winning Riesling will be available to taste during Cornucopia's Signature Tasting: Crush Grand Tasting event on Saturday, November 10 (8:30pm). Ticketson sale now. 

For those unable to attend, the TIME 2017 Riesling ($25.00) is available to order via Encore Vineyards

The full list of Top 20 Wine winners is available online. High-resolution photo assets available via Dropbox.

Note to Media: Nadine Allander, winemaker for TIME Winery, is available for interview. Please contact Amy Chen to schedule.

About TIME Winery:

While the literal definition of TIME may be elusive, it is an observed phenomenon which allows us to honour key moments in our shared journey through life. With 50 vintages of experience in the South Okanagan, TIME Winery is committed to creating wines that express the unique flavours of Okanagan wine country. 


Built within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown Penticton, the heart of South Okanagan wine country, the new TIME Winery offers a tasting bar, lounge and intimate outdoor patio for guests to enjoy. TIME Winery's full kitchen and event space provide a unique venue for your next public or private event.

About ENCORE Vineyards:

ENCORE Vineyards., a progressive Okanagan-based company, is home to British Columbia (BC) wine brands including TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars and McWatters Collection.


ENCORE Vineyards Ltd. has amassed an impressive team, poised to help define the next generation of BC wine and winemaking via its production centre in the Okanagan Valley. The company is led by president and CEO Harry McWatters, a 50-vintage pioneer of the modern British Columbia wine industry, with daughter Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond (sales and marketing director), and son Darren McWatters (logistics and operations) who are each armed with lifelong wine industry experience and insight. Graham Pierce is the group's director of winemaking, supported by winemaker Nadine Allander, and talented hospitality and sales teams. See more on each winery at encorevineyards.ca

Graham Pierce Joins TIME Winery Team As Director Of Winemaking

Graham Pierce Joins TIME Winery Team As Director Of Winemaking

TIME Winery announces the soft opening of its winery in downtown Penticton at 361 Martin St. A grand opening of TIME Winery will take place in late 2018 following harvest.

During the soft opening period, chef AK Campbell, executive winery chef, will lead the culinary program to offer a selection of daily appetizers, features, and drink options.

TIME Winery is owned by ENCORE Vineyards, and is the sister winery to Evolve Cellars and the McWatters Collection label. To coincide with the opening of  TIME Winery the ENCORE Vineyard team announces the appointment of Graham Pierce as director of winemaking.

Hockey Fans Score Big on Flavour

TIME Winery announced as Official Wine Partner to the Calgary Flames

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[Penticton, BC] TIME Winery is pleased to announce its partnership with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and South by Southwest Wine Imports of Calgary. This partnership is exciting for all organizations as it combines an offering of exclusive Okanagan wine to Flames fans while supporting the Flames Foundation. Penticton's TIME Winery will be the official wine supplier of the Calgary Flames and the Flames wine will also be sold at local retailers in Calgary.
 
TIME Winery's co-branded It's Go TIME Calgary Flames Pinot Gris and It's Go TIME Calgary Flames Cabernet Merlot ($19.99 SRP each) will be the wines of choice at licenced venues across the Scotiabank Saddledome, the home of the Calgary Flames.
 
Christa-Lee McWatters Bond, director of sales and marketing for TIME Winery, said this is a perfect partnership for hockey fans on both sides of the provincial border.
 

Penticton is the summer home of the Flames and their fans, with some team members having summer homes here. They come to relax, enjoy outdoor activities, take in our dining scene and of course, explore Okanagan wine country.

— Christa-Lee McWatters Bond • Director Sales & Marketing TIME Winery


 
Gord Norrie, VP Sports Property Sales and Marketing for the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation said, the Calgary Flames have chosen to partner with TIME Winery considering the history of the McWatters family as pioneers in the British Columbia wine industry and pedigree of their wine making ability and brand building prowess. 
 
TIME Winery, along with ENCORE Vineyards Ltd's sister labels, Evolve Cellars and McWatters Collection, were introduced to Alberta this spring via South by Southwest Wine Imports, an industry and community leader with sponsorship involvement with many other charities in its community.
 
Special retail promotions for the co-branded wines will be launched in Calgary, with proceeds supporting the Calgary Flames Foundation.


About TIME Winery:
 
While the literal definition of TIME may be elusive, it is an observed phenomenon which allows us to honour key moments in our shared journey through life. With 50 vintages of experience in the South Okanagan, the team knows that our unique terroir can offer the right wine to celebrate any occasion. TIME Winery is committed to creating wines that express the unique flavours of Okanagan wine country. 
 
Built within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown Penticton, the heart of South Okanagan wine country, the new TIME Winery opens in 2017.
 
Sip the latest vintages, which offer expressive and elegant flavours of Okanagan terroir while you explore the inner workings of a fully-functional winery. Complete the experience at the tasting bar and lounge, or with your guests on the intimate outdoor patio. TIME Winery's full kitchen and event space provide a unique venue for your next public or private event.