Jay Garnett & Icon Fine Wines
Jay Garnett is the visionary behind Icon Fine Wine & Spirits. Always the entrepreneur and strategic thinker, young Jay's first enterprise was selling eggs to his neighbors off an Alberta farm. In the early nineties Jay created a company that became the first international market owner for Seattle's Best Coffee and by 1993 the company, known as Whitefish Group, had established itself as an integrated food and beverage brand management company and was noted as one of Canada's fastest growing companies by Profit magazine. In 2005 Jay opened George Lounge, Vancouver's first ultra-lounge, and Whitefish Specialty Beverage Agency was soon to follow. Jay has a passion for food and wine and has an extensive personal cellar keeping his favourite wines close at hand. Learn more about Jay Garnett here.
ICON Fine Wine & Spirits is a well-established and progressive boutique agency which represents exceptional beverages that fill specific niches in the Western Canadian market. Icon is noted for its portfolio of family owned and operated producers, as well as company brands. With its head office located in Vancouver, Canada, its unique portfolio of old and new world wines, company-owned brands, unparalleled beverage alcohol brands, and dynamic sales force, Icon is strongly positioned to be one of Canada’s top wine and spirit agencies. For more information on Icon Fine Wine & Spirits click here.
John Quarisa & Quarisa Wines
For over 24 years John Quarisa has consistently been recognised and rewarded for his winemaking skill, John has received some of Australia’s top wine honours and in 2004 he was awarded the Jimmy Watson Trophy in Melbourne and the Stodart Trophy in Brisbane, reaching the pinnacle of Australia’s wine show circuit with two of the most highly sort after wine awards.
On completing his Wine Science degree John has continuously worked on expanding his winemaking experience and has made contributed to some of Australia’s largest and most well-known brands. From Casella Wines and the infamous “YellowTail” brand through to the multi-award winning McWilliams Wines Hanwood Chardonnay, John has developed a reputation as a committed and quality winemaker.
Today, John focuses on developing his Quarisa range of wines as well as in collaboration with Jay, the Shot in the Dark brand for the Canadian market. John and his wife, Josephine, live by the belief that “Passion is Everything”, and you will see this in the Shot in the Dark Wine series.
For more information visit www.quarisa.com.au
Gold Hill Winery
Gold Hill Winery is nestled on the Golden Mile, in the Okanagan Valley. The winery opened its doors in the spring of 2011, after the owners, Sant and Gurbachan Gill, who have been long-time growers for major BC labels, decided to take the next step for their family business. Coming from a lifestyle of farming and agriculture that has been passed
down to them from generation to generation, these two brothers have established vineyards throughout the Okanagan. With this good fortune, they have now come to open a winery in Canada’s Wine Capital, making award-winning wine since 2009.
For more information visit www.goldhillwinery.com