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Lightning Rock Winery

Lightning Rock Winery
February 7, 2023 | Lightning Rock Winery


To our friends, club members and valued clients,

I am pleased to announce that, after two vintages with their own boutique private wine label, Jordan and Tyler are branching out full-time with Pamplemousse Jus. What came about as a side project to help a friend has now turned into their own brand with another friend of theirs.

I wish my daughter, Jordan, and son-in-law, Tyler, all the best and look forward to many great family times in the future.
Jordan and Tyler worked with Lightning Rock Wines for the 2022 vintage and will be turning over operations as of February 2023 to a friend of theirs, Sébastien Hotte, who will be the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager.

Sébastien is a graduate from Washington State University and a certified sommelier from the École Hôtelière des Laurentides. After a strong career in hospitality, participating in sommelier competitions and working the floor at many top restaurants in Canada (including the Wickaninnish Inn), it was the crafting of wine that drew him in.

Sébastien has built his business acumen working for small, award-winning winery teams in British Columbia, including Anthony Buchanan Wines, Checkmate Winery, Ursa Major Wines, Ricco Bambino and most recently, Harper's Trail. 

Sébastien’s philosophy is a low interventionist idealism and emphasizes crafting terroir-driven wines. He assists the winery in its journey with attention to soil health, utilizing local biodiversity, and continuing the Lightning Rock Winery way of holistic organic farming.

Sébastien and his fiancée, their son and two dogs, will be relocating to the Okanagan, and we look forward to having them all around.

I encourage you to come by the winery when we open in April to meet Sébastien and get to know him. I am sure you will be pleased with his wines starting in 2023.

I am also pleased to announce that Katrice Sutherland has been promoted to General Manager and will add that to her current duties as Direct To Consumer Sales Manager and Wine Club Coordinator. Katrice came to us in 2022 with various winery experiences in the Okanagan, and many of our customers have come to love her wine knowledge and wonderful personality.

Tracy and I look forward to an exciting 2023 and beyond as we grow with more special events, including music & wine nights and many more unique experiences. Stay tuned to your emails for updates, and follow us on social media @lightningrockwinery on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for all our day-to-day happenings.


Ron Kubek

Owner, Lightnign Rock Winery


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