Meet the Winemaker Alison Moyes
WITH EQUAL PARTS ARTISTRY AND SCIENCE, WINEMAKING IS A PERFECT FIT FOR ALISON. HER GOAL IS TO PRODUCE AUTHENTIC, EXPRESSIVE WINES OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY.
Originally from Southern Ontario, Alison moved to the east coast to attend Dalhousie University and pursue an interest in science, studying Microbiology. During this time, she had the opportunity to work at some of Halifax’s finest restaurants. After completing her degree, she began to explore her love of the food & beverage industry further, becoming a certified Sommelier responsible for the largest wine list in the Maritimes.
As her palate developed, she began to consider a career in winemaking and acquired a degree in Oenology & Viticulture from Brock University. Following several seasons working in the Niagara region, the Okanagan beckoned. Alison brings experience from two top wineries in the Okanagan, having worked under Pascal Madevon at Osoyoos Larose and as Winemaker for Stoneboat Vineyards for the past five years.
When not in the cellar or vineyards, you can find Alison enjoying food & wine with friends and spending time outdoors, exploring new hiking trails, at the beach and in the water.
IAN MACDONALD - President
Ian MacDonald is the hands-on manager and creative mind of Liquidity. Born in Montreal, Ian’s professional life had him work as vice-president of sportswear-maker Sunice at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
He fell in love with the Olympic games and formed his company Moving Products Inc., which has been involved in arranging non-athletic uniforms at every Olympics since then.
However his passion for wine and art drew him and his business partners to the Okanagan Valley. They wanted to create a place that showcases the natural beauty of the South Okanagan along with its world-class wines. Ian has been creating his vision of a culinary experience, designing the Liquidity brand from the ground up. His goal is to have Liquidity recognized as one of the premiere boutique wineries in Canada. When not pouring wine at the tasting room or chatting with customers on the patio, Ian can be found hunting for new art and design ideas.
RUTH HANBURY – General Manager
Ruth, originally from Derbyshire in England, grew up being able to travel extensively across the European wine growing regions thanks to her food and wine loving family. Ruth developed this same love and finally sealed her passion for the wine industry whilst working in the vineyards of New Zealand in 2001. After receiving her MA in Management from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Ruth went on to work as a consultant to English local authorities on the implementation of Government Policy. She spent 7 years working as Project Manager for a large-scale urban regeneration development company in the UK, working to rejuvenate some of the Country’s most deprived areas.
Ruth’s love for the wine industry finally brought her back in 2012 when she was given the opportunity to move to the Okanagan Valley to follow her dream. Since then Ruth has immersed herself into the Okanagan wine industry and has enjoyed being given the opportunity to be part of all aspects of the winery business. She still enjoys the opportunity to get involved in the vineyard and can be found helping (and enjoying the views) whenever she can. When not ‘living her dream’ Ruth enjoys continuing her travel to the world’s wine regions, particularly if there is a patio with wine and cheese.
ERIN KORPISTO - Customer Experience & Communications Manager
Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) level 3 certificate holder and graduate of Okanagan College’s Wine Sales Certificate program, Erin is an Okanagan girl who, after many years spent working in architecture and travelling abroad, decided to come back to the Valley and pursue her passion for wine.
A self-described “people person”, Erin started in the cellar as an assistant winemaker, before moving into the Sales and Marketing side of the industry. She shares her extensive knowledge and passion for the wines of B.C. through her work as the Customer Experience & Communications Manager at Liquidity Wines in OK Falls, as a wine studies instructor at Okanagan College, along with being a wine blogger and champion of BC wines nationally and internationally.
Erin still has not lost the travel bug so is often planning her next journey - typically to one wine region or another, expanding her knowledge of different varietals, wine styles and terroir, usually with glass in hand.
JULIEN G. HÉBERT - Vineyard Manager
Julien grew up on a dairy farm in rural Quebec, near Trois-Rivières, which helped him develop a passion for the land at a young age. Raised in the French lifestyle, he was also introduced to wine early in his life. His mother encouraged him to believe in himself and to follow his dreams, which led him to move to Quebec City as a teenager. There he worked in many different fields while trying to find his way, from a chef’s assistant in a high-end restaurant, to a cabinet maker, to working as a research assistant. He finally put himself through university by working as a dairy farmer, and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering.
He was interested in learning more about the wine industry, prompting a trip out to the Okanagan in 2014 to explore the region and learn more about it. He worked in a cellar as an assistant winemaker, and was able to work with grapes from throughout the valley, learning about the different varieties and the subtlety of terroir.
Julien joined the Liquidity team in 2015. Believing that wine is made first and foremost in the vineyard has led him back to his first love – the land – and this position has provided him with the chance to connect with the soul of nature and the unique opportunity to grow grapes in exceptional terroir.
STEPHEN JUDGE - Tasting Room Supervisor & Wine Club Coordinator
Stephen was born and raised in Montreal and prior to moving to the Okanagan he worked for a precious metals dealer there. In 2013, he and his partner Catherine moved to the Okanagan so that she could help her parents start their new winery in Oliver, VinAmité Cellars. Stephen also jumped into the wine industry at that time, beginning with the tasting room at Inniskillin and then working at Black Hills Estate Winery for a few years, where he gained experience with wine clubs and the Direct-to-Consumer market. He continues to help out in the wine cellar at his partner's family winery.
Stephen joined the Liquidity team in the spring of 2017 to look after the tasting room and to grow our new Liquidity Wine Club. When Stephen is not in our tasting room or out at wine club member events, he loves to play golf. Also, as a diehard Habs fan, so his social schedule is often planned around game nights.
LUCIA MARTIN - Restaurant Operator
Lucia started her career in hospitality more than 25 years ago. After working extensively for Club Med Resorts in the Caribbean, Lucia returned to Canada where she learned about all aspects of the food and beverage industry by serving, bartending, managing and leading operations at well-known restaurant chains and for independent operators.
Lucia worked with Vintage Hospitality for eight years in various roles, managing properties, opening new ones, including Liquidity Bistro in 2014, and finally taking on the role of Director of Operations.
2017 saw Lucia looking for a change. The opportunity to take on the operation of Liquidity Bistro for herself came up and she jumped at the chance. She has always loved the Bistro, winery and people at Liquidity. She now looks forward to growing with the amazing team at Liquidity.