Samantha is the Fine Wine Ambassador for the Select Wines, and sister agency, Icon Fine Wines and Spirits, since retiring from hospitality in 2018. Samantha’s background prior to joining Select was in restaurants, as a manager and award-winning Sommelier and Wine Director, most recently at Araxi Restaurant in Whistler from 2007-2018. In her current role, Samantha manages Private Client Services for Select Wines.
Samantha was awarded BC Sommelier of the Year from Vancouver International Wine Festival and Vancouver Magazine in 2013, one of only two women to achieve this honour (so far!) and the first only time the award has gone to someone outside of metro Vancouver. She is in demand as a seminar presenter (come to my seminars!), writes wine features for Whistler Magazine, and is a loyal Ambassador for Whistler Cornucopia. She has served as a judge for several wine competitions, and as the consulting Sommelier for Whistler Blackcomb’s full service on-mountain restaurants.
Her clients refer to her affectionately as ’The Wine Fairy’, having spent the better part of the last couple of years dropping boxes of wine (joy) on people’s doorsteps. She spends her leisure time, when not driving around with a car full of fine wine for you, as a passionate vegetable garden at her home in Pemberton, with her taller half (he still works in the fine dining trenches in Whistler) and their two tabbies, Francis and Fleurie. Samantha is a dedicated downhill mountain biker in the Whistler Bike Park (hopefully the bruises will be all healed before Cornucopia!) and is a former competitive, now recreational, snowboarder.