Bella Wines

jay drysdale

Food and wine has always been a part of Jay Drysdale’s life. His career started in the kitchen, where he worked his way up the ranks, until he realized he would never truly understand food and wine pairing until he thoroughly explored the wine world with as much vigor as he had the culinary side. And with that decision his love for wine began.

Jay completed his ISG (International Sommelier Guild) training in 2003 and subsequently enjoyed the experience of being the general manager at the Toasted Oak Wine Bar and Grill in Oliver, BC where he ran the largest 100% BC wine list which garnered him the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator three years in a row, among other accolades. Through the VQA store attached to “the Oak” he hosted tastings and wine classes and discovered the joy of teaching.  In 2008, Jay’s passion for BC wine led him into the role of the BC VQA liaison with the BC Wine Institute and in 2010 he took on the position of business development manager for Enotecca Winery and Resorts.  In 2012, Jay completed the Enology program at Washington State University.

After many years in the industry Jay wanted to capture his expression of the local wine scene in bottle – and Bella Wines was born.

Jay’s driving passion for the BC wine industry will never subside and he continues to be a wine judge, educator, and consultant through his BCwineguy persona.  In his own words:

“I moved to the Okanagan in 2004 and quickly fell in love with everything related to the BC wine industry.  I see a world class wine region in BC and understand we are still in our infancy, comparatively speaking.  This is our “wild west” era and we should enjoy this time of exploration, trial and error.  In the ten short years I have been watching, and involved with, the B.C. wine industry, quality has increased and our voice is getting louder and stronger.  I’m honored to be a part of this growing and evolving community.”

Bella is delighted to have Jay drive the vision for capturing the beauty of B.C. fruit in every bubble.

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