Do women make better winemakers? We sure think so! Our winemaker Mary McDermott has been leading our cellar and viticulture team since 2014 and we couldn’t be more proud of her many accomplishments and fine wine. In addition to holding an oenology degree from Brock University, Mary is the Chair of the Knowledge and Tech Transfer Committee at the BC Wine Grape Council. Their stated goal is to “educate the broader industry about ongoing initiatives that are occurring and have the potential to impact them in sustainability, climate, technology, and innovation. Enable knowledge transfer through a range of publications, workshops, and support systems.“
Okanagan writer Steve MacNaull, featured Mary along with several other women in the local B.C wine industry in “Women Might Make Better Winemakers” this past weekend. He highlights several of Mary’s recent releases including: Benchmark Series 2019 Muscat, 2018 NBO red blend, our wine club exclusive 2018 Syrah and our Fool’s Gold Vineyard 2018 Riesling. Similarly, wine critic Treve Ring recently wrote about the top wines from trailblazing women winemakers from around the world in Top 10 Women Winemakers, including Mary McDermott’s sparkling seven stars Equinox.
Cheers to Mary and all the amazingly talented women in Canadian wine, including other members of the fabulous team here at Township 7 of Crystal Ivers our Naramata Bench Tasting Room Manager and Barb Flink our Langley Tasting Room Supervisor. Plus a special shout out to Allison Markin in Penticton who is our social media guru, ahem and myself (Lori Pike). 😉 We join Steve and Treve in raising a glass (or two) to them!