We're Not All Fitzpatricks,
But We're All Family

HON. D. ROSS FITZPATRICK, OBC, LLD

CHAIRMAN

A real life Canadian Senator. Born and raised in the Okanagan. Spent his teen years working in fruit packing houses and orchards up and down the valley. UBC grad. Post-grad at University of Maryland and Columbia University. A career that took him away from the valley to Ottawa, Vancouver, the US and around the world. Aerospace. Oil and gas. Mining. Wine brought him home in 1986 to found CedarCreek Estate Winery with his wife Linda to pioneer a new kind of agriculture in the Valley. Awards too numerous to list.

Thirty seconds with Ross

You can have two tickets to anywhere in the world. You’re going to...
Rick’s American Café in Casablanca, Morocco.

Red or white? Which varietal?
Both. Red – Pinot Noir. White – Chardonnay – not too much oak.

If I have friends visiting to the Okanagan, I always tell them to...
Visit Myra Canyon Trestles.

Best advice I ever received...
It was from my mother, "Build castles in the sky and pursue them."


LINDA FITZPATRICK

treasurer

Treasurer of Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards and The Fitzpatrick Group of Companies. Former Treasurer of CedarCreek Estate Winery, and former Chairperson of Medallion Wine Marketing Inc. Linda has been involved in a number of community organizations including Past Director Mount Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and past Chairman ENDEAVOUR. She assisted with the organization of the spousal program for APEC 1997 as well as fundraising events for St. Paul’s hospital. She and her husband have served as honourary chairs of the 1996 Molson Indy Gala, Alzheimer Society of BC Gala Evening, Kelowna General Hospital’s Heart of Gold Gala, Evergreen in support of the Rotary Centre for Arts, and the Canadian Cancer Society Gala of Hope.

Thirty seconds with Linda

You can have two tickets anywhere in the world.  You're going to...
Casablanca with my husband, Ross.

My first job and the one thing I learned from it.
Part-time while in high school, I washed baking pans and cleaned up the kitchen of a bakery.  I learned there has to be something better than this.

If I have frends visiting the Okanagan, I always tell them to...
Visit Kelowna's hidden gem, Kasugai Japanese Garden, located near city hall, after they've visited the wineries, of course.

Best advice I ever received.
To think of others before myself.


GORDON FITZPATRICK

PRESIDENT

Vancouver kid. Transplanted Okanagan-ian. Played rugby at UBC but strangely doesn’t have the nose to prove it. Worked for a future Prime Minister. Spent 10 years in mining (gold!). Came to the Okanagan in 1996 to run CedarCreek Estate Winery. Refused to leave. Former Chair of the BC Wine Institute. Current Board Member of Destination BC. Always wanted to run a bar. So we have one.

Thirty seconds with Gordon

You can have two tickets to anywhere in the world. You’re going to...
South America is next on the bucket list; hiking in Peru and wining in Argentina.

My first job and the one thing I learned from it...
Special Assistant to Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien: “Where there is a will; there is a way and if all else fails use your sense of humour.”

France or Italy?
France.

If I had to drink a sparkling that wasn’t Fitz, I’d pick…
Tattinger – although I have 2 special bottles of Bollinger waiting to be popped.


SARAH BAIN

WINEMAKER

Sarah began her path in the wine industry working in the vineyards of Central Otago, New Zealand in 2004. It was just a summer job to start, but it only took one vintage to convince her that growing and making wine was her future. Since then, her career has been based mainly in Central Otago at two leading organic & biodynamic producers. She worked first at Burn Cottage making premium quality Pinot Noir and then at Quartz Reef, one of New Zealand’s leading producers of Traditional Method sparkling. Sarah has also worked vintages in California, Germany and Canada. And now again, in Canada.

You can have two tickets to anywhere in the world. You’re going to...
Alaska & Patagonia

My first job and the one thing I learned from it...
Picking Raspberries – don’t eat too much as you go!

France or Italy?
Italy

If I have friends visiting to the Okanagan, I always tell them to...
I'm still kind of new here. Give me a year.

Best advice I ever received...
Life’s short… Don’t sweat the small stuff.


JEFF HANSON

Director of Sales and Hospitality

Born in Tiny Township. It’s a real place. But it’s full-sized. Jeff graduated with a BComm (Honours) in Hotel & Food Administration from the University of Guelph. He worked his way around the US and Canada including stints at The Empress Hotel in Victoria, Herons Restaurant & Lounge at The Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, YEW seafood + bar at The Four Seasons in Vancouver, and most recently The Four Seasons, St. Louis. On request, he once served a customer a “Dom Bomb.” Ask him for the recipe.

Thirty seconds with Jeff

Red or white? Which varietal?
Pinot Noir would be my choice for red. It is a very versatile grape that I feel is connected to both thought and emotion.

My first job and the one thing I learned from it...
My first job was in a 40 Foot Long Hot Dog stand called “Tawp Dawg”. I was in charge of everything potato-related including: stocking, pealing, storage, blanching, finish fry, salt and selling. I learned that many delicious things have many steps and you must respect the process 

Sailboat or powerboat?
Powerboat. Tubing is no fun behind a sailboat

Best advice I ever received...
Treat others as you wish to be treated


ANN MARIE MUSS

CORPORATE SECRETARY & ADMINISTRATOR

Originally from Vancouver. And originally worked in the area of corporate and securities law. Finds wine a little less...corporate? Proud mom. Responsible for almost everything related to the business and administrative requirements of Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards and the Fitzpatrick Group of Companies. Which keeps her very, very busy. Which is also how she likes it.

Thirty seconds with Ann Marie

You can have two tickets to anywhere in the world. You’re going to...
I’ve always wanted to visit the South Pacific. So, Tahiti. 

My first job and the one thing I learned from it...
Lots of babysitting … Patience.

If I have friends visiting to the Okanagan, I always tell them to...
Visit our winery…ok, also check out the great beaches up and down the valley.

If I had to drink a sparkling that wasn’t Fitz, I’d pick…
Hopefully I won’t have to!  If I did…Cava - reminds me of Barcelona!

Best advice I ever received...
Never assume anything and always be prepared.


MERLE LAWRENCE

VINEYARD MANAGER

Merle Lawrence is entering his 25th growing season with us, which makes him very knowledgeable about our vineyard, the soil and pretty well everything that goes on around here. Like the bear that sleeps in a tree just past the Gewürztraminer block. He lives on-site and shares the pretty exceptional view with his wife Donna and their son Brandon.

Thirty seconds with Merle

You can have two tickets to anywhere in the world. You’re going to...
Australia/New Zealand.

My first job and the one thing I learned from it...
I was 14 years old, cutting lawns on our street. All about commitment and pride in accomplishment.

France or Italy?
Italy.

Best advice I ever received...
It was from my Dad! Show respect to your elders, employers and work hard.