Life has its ups and downs. It can be both brutal and beautiful. You can hole yourself away to avoid life’s pain, but then the beauty seldom finds its way in. It’s only when you attempt to go where you cannot go, or do what you cannot do, that you can achieve what you are truly capable of doing. Sure, you might tumble. You might fall. So what? Take a chance. Go way out on the limb. Dare to try – even if it’s just a SHOT IN THE DARK.

Shot in the Dark is built on the philosophy of living life to the fullest; and whatever life might throw at you, take that Shot in the Dark. Owned by Jay Garnett, a serial entrepreneur and business strategist based in Vancouver, BC and now CEO of Icon Fine Wine & Spirits, we think that the motto on the back of every Shot in the Dark wine sums up what we think about life pretty darn well! We are proud to bring you a quality selection of wines in collaboration with award-winning winemakers from around the world.


Leveraging the skills and reputation of iconic Australian winemaker John Quarisa of Quarisa Wines, grapes are sourced from select parcels of fruit throughout the South Eastern wine region of Australia. John is an accomplished winemaker and wine judge, he carefully selects the fruit, oversees the vinification process and blends the wine to produce juicy, fresh & fruit forward easy-drinking wines. 


Gold Hill Winery is a newer addition to the Okanagan Valley, officially opening their doors in 2011 and now produce our BC VQA Shot in the Dark series. The winery is nestled on the Golden Mile, a stretch of soil in the Okanagan regarded as one of the best areas to fruit in the region. The owners, Sant & Gurbachan Gill, run the property with a lifetime of agricultural knowledge, having farming traditions passed down to them through generations. 

Shot in the Dark has two wines in the top 15 most popular Australian red wines in British Columbia.

John Quarisa has had a distinguished career as a winemaker spanning 22 years, working for some of Australia’s largest wineries.
— James Halliday
Gold Hill Winery was awarded the prestigious “Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wines”