CERTIFIED SOMMELIER | @trace_master_flex
With over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Tracy-Lynne began pursuing wine academically nearly a decade ago. She earned the Certified Sommelier designation with the Court of Master Sommeliers and completed the Advanced Levels of WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) in 3 Categories: Wine, Spirits and Sake.
One of her most memorable wine moments was in 2014, walking through vineyards in the Russian River Valley with Ulises Valdez, listening to him talk about his plants and tell the story of how he crossed the border from Mexico to California in the pursuit of a better life. He started this journey picking grapes for other people and now has his own family winery. He went from standing on the side of a road looking for work to having his wine served in the White House. “His story moved me to tears and inspired me to never, ever give up.”
What is her go-to, everyday wine? Rosé! Always rosé, “It’s been the under-dog of wines for a long time, because it’s completely misunderstood by a lot of people.” She's been working tirelessly to get everyone all aboard the rosé train. #roséallday. If forced to explore only one wine destination for the rest of her life, she would choose the Okanagan Valley, “It’s a down-to-earth wine region filled with great people and a wide variety of wine styles. Many of the winemakers in the OK Valley take their inspiration from some of the great Old World regions then make it their own creating something uniquely BC. I can find absolutely everything I need in that region – and then some!”
Continual exploration is what draws Tracy-Lynne to wine, “Every time I discover something new, I realize how much more there is to learn. Layers of history, culture, science and art. Stories of family, enterprise, success, failure, and hope. A whole new vocabulary of flavours, aromas, structural elements, viticulture and vinification. The pursuit of knowledge never ends and that is very exciting!”
Tracy-Lynne's desire is to help inspire a passion for wine in everyone she meets, whether it’s discovering a new wine to love, learning about a region or varietal or simply picking out a wine to go with dinner. Wine should be fun and help bring a little something special to the occasion at hand, “It’s a serious beverage, but don’t always take it too seriously... it's just grape juice.”