Due to the seasonality of our industry, we are fortunate to welcome new team members to the tasting bar on an annual basis. We are very lucky to have the caliber of staff join our team to help service our customers. Locals and visitors alike rave about our friendly staff! Thankfully we have a few key members who are permanent fixtures, as we can't do this work without their energy, passion and expertise.
Cheryl brings 10 years of industry experience to her job as Cellar Master at Intrigue Wines, including the dirt under her fingernails from her own vineyard, “Grown&Wine”, on the slopes of Dilworth Mountain in Kelowna. The name evolved from the sounds emitted by her 4 children, husband Todd, 6 grandchildren and countless dear friends and family who have planted, worked on and picked the Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay vines over the past decade.
Also, she brings to the table WSET Qualifications, Levels 1,2, and With Distinction, 3, as well as Okanagan College’s Viticulture Certificate Program.
Now spending far more time in the cellar than the vineyards, Cheryl is enjoying every minute of learning, working on and tasting the incredible wines that the Okanagan Valley has on offer.
She feels blessed and privileged to have been and continue to be a part of the growth and expansion process with Intrigue as Geri and Ross, Jillian and Roger look to the future.
Originally from the UK, Katie and her family headed west to discover all the joys of Okanagan living. Katie joined the Intrigue team in 2013 and has never looked back! Katie shares a passion for people, food, and all things wine. When not at the winery you can find her enjoying the great outdoors whether it be mountain biking, snowboarding, or riding horses!
Born and raised in Kelowna, Carolynne came to Intrigue in 2014 starting as a tasting bar associate. Combining her love of travel and wine, she moved into a sales role in 2016, in the South Okanagan and Lower Mainland. In 2019, Carolynne settled into the Assistant Wineshop Manager position. In her leisure time, Carolynne can be found kickboxing, paddle boarding on Okanagan Lake, or hiking the local trails.
Peter is a semi-retired water resource engineer with over 40 years of experience in Canada and overseas. His passion has always been wine, making his first home made wine in 1975. In 2003 he was awarded a Grape and Wine Industry Certificate from Guelph University and in 2005 completed the Okanagan College Winery Assistant Program. Peter worked at Pinot Reach Cellars (now Tantalus Vineyard) until 2005 when he joined the BC Wine Museum promoting BC Wine from over 90 producers. In 2012 when Intrigue opened their wine shop he joined the wine team to help others enjoy the fabulous wine made by Roger and Cheryl.
Nancy St. John
Nancy joined Intrigue Wines after working 20 years in the Sales and Hospitality Industry in Whistler. In addition to working in the Wine Shop, she is also Intrigue Wine’s Sales Representative for Kelowna, Vernon, Northern and Eastern BC. Besides enjoying the amazing food and wine Okanagan has to offer, Nancy also enjoys the many activities including golf, skiing and biking on the Rail Trail.
After years of enjoyment making wine as a hobby, Roger made the transition from geography and mapping national parks, to a career as a winemaker. Roger joined the BC Wine Industry in 1995 starting as Tinhorn Creek Vineyards was launching. During that time he was able to learn numerous skills that reached from basics of farming to judging wine for competitions. All were necessary and useful skills as he moved to winemaker at Pinot Reach Cellars in 1998 (now Tantalus Vineyards). Roger fell in love with the Riesling varietal and launched his first brand, Focus, to feature the strengths and versatility of this noble grape. Gray Monk Cellars welcomed Roger in 2005 to oversee their sparkling and red wines program. Intrigue’s fate was sealed when he met Gray Monk’s controller Geri Davis, and their families joined forces to establish Intrigue Wines in 2008.
In 2019, Roger moved to Intrigue full-time to oversee vineyard operations and winemaking. Roger cherishes time spent with Jillian and their boys, which usually involves some type of outdoor activity such as skiing, kayaking, hiking or biking in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
Originally from Alberta, Paige headed to Kelowna to pursue an education in psychology. After achieving her degree, Paige joined the Intrigue tasting room team in 2018. She then chose to pursue sales for the winery after a move to Coquitlam took her away from the tasting room. On her days off, you can find Paige hiking, snowboarding and studying marine life by the ocean as she pursues her passion in marine biology.
Kim’s career started in the hospitality industry, first, as a bartender in a lively Irish Pub to working her way on to hotel management. This industry presented her with the ability to live in some of the most desirable locations in BC. With a focus on food and beverage operations, her responsibilities included creating wine lists which would pair nicely to restaurant menus, organizing various wine events and overseeing liquor store operations. Learning about the wine industry in BC became a passion.
After 20+ years living in Kelowna, being close to family became a priority so in early 2019 she relocated to Vancouver Island.
Born in Edmonton, Veronica made the move to Lake Country with her parents in 1990. She joined Intrigue in 2014, and has been contributing to the creativity in merchandise and events ever since. In 2019, Veronica took on the official position of Merchandise and Events Coordinator. In her spare time, she loves to travel, snowboard, and spend time with her two daughters.