Eric has dedicated his professional life to wine and the pleasures that surround it. For the last 25 years – 17 of them based in Whistler - he has been involved with many aspects of the hospitality and wine industry. Formerly Sommelier and Wine Director at Whistler’s award-winning Bearfoot Bistro, he now works closely with wine producers, restaurateurs and retailers.
Eric’s reputation for leading engaging and entertaining tastings and seminars, has been built from his no nonsense approach to wine education. His goal is to make wine more approachable and less intimidating. He encourages people to try different wine styles and grape varieties, to ask questions and, most importantly, to keep an open mind.
He has been trained by the International Sommelier Guild, holds the title of Chevalier de la Confrérie de Champagne de Venoge, is an official Ambassador for Cornucopia, Whistler's Celebration of Food & Drink and is also a scholarship recipient from the Society of Wine Educators.
Eric has travelled throughout the wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, South Africa, Canada and the United States. In 2010, Eric and his wife Annie began a small project in Oregon showcasing handcrafted, site-driven wines from growers who value respect for the land and sustainable practices.
Geoff and his family have lived in Whistler since 1998 and he has worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. Raised in Kamloops, B.C., Geoff moved to Vancouver to experience the city life when he landed a job at Joe Fortes working during Expo '86 and the 10 years thereafter.
"Joe's was the driving force behind my interest in wine". During his time at Joe Fortes, Geoff traveled to the Napa Valley and it was a week at the Culinary Institute of America that motivated him towards his successful completion of The International Sommelier Guild's Sommelier Diploma program. Geoff also completed the ISG Instructors program to offer training and educational options for local businesses and everyone interested in learning more about wine.
"Wine for the people" is what he’s all about. "I want to break down all the stigmas and pretension that is sometimes associated with the enjoyment of wine".
Geoff has worked with local businesses and conducted wine service and food pairing seminars, and continues to teach for the ISG in addition to his full-time job at Quattro Restaurant as General Manager/Sommelier right here in Whistler.