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Tamara HagelTamara Feist

Oenologist

 

What do you do at Black Hills? 

I wear many hats. Oenologist, technically the wine scientist.
 

What do you do before? 

I did my practicum at Tinhorn Creek & Nk’Mip Cellars.
 

Where did you go to school?

Agassiz Secondary School, University of the Fraser Valley and Brock University

What is your education?

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture and WSET Level 3

How long have you been here?

Since January 2011
 

Where are you from, originally?

Born in Chetwynd and grew up in Agassiz
 

Siblings?

Only child
 

What’s the best Black Hills event you have been to and why? 

Celebrity Wine Festival – we did the Vinos (film festival) at the Watermark. There was a beautiful sunset and it had a casual vibe. 


Stelvin or cork? 

Each has their place. Stelvin has come along way. It’s more convenient when you want to go to the movies.  :)

 

Red, white, bubbles or rose? 

If a proverbial gun was to my head, I’d have to choose bubbles!
 

Top 3 BC wines other than Black Hills? 

Nk'Mip Cellars Pinot Noir, Liquidity Wines Pinot Noir, Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estates Winery Grand Reserve Entourage
 

What’s your favourite grape? 

Pinot Noir


When you are not at Black Hills working, what are you doing? 

It depends on the season. In the winter I am usually binge watching a series. In the spring & summer I am usually outside as much as I can be. I love being at the beach. My husband plays golf and we both play ball so we travel quite a bit for tournaments. He also hunts so he got me into target shooting. I’ve also adopted a new Mantra: Memories over Money, so I plan on checking more things off on my bucket list!


Pets or kids? 

Two dogs – Ford, a nine-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, and Teega, an American Staffordshire Terrier Cross Mastif. And we have a son Atticus who passed away February 6, 2016 at 14 months old. 
 

Where was your last vacation? 

Edmonton to see Garth Brooks and before that Maui for Christmas


What vacation spot is at the top of your bucket list? 

Bora Bora staying in a water hut


What’s your favourite country?

Italy because of the history, the culture and the food. 


If you could acquire a skill or talent with the snap of a finger, what would it be? 

The ability to heal.


What is something people don’t know about you? 

I am very uncoordinated


Watch sports/activity or do them?If so, which sport?

My husband is really into sports and I only watched hockey before meeting him. Now I am addicted to the Blue Jays and I even catch myself watching golf on TV. I also play softball. 


Sweet or salty? 

Salty.
 

If you cook, favourite dish to cook? 

Pancakes, the toppings are endless!


Favourite dish to eat? 

My mom’s turkey soup.
 

Favourite pairing ever? 

Gin & Tonic ( 😊)


Favourite Black Hills wine other than Nota Bene?

I am fortunate that I get to taste our wines from beginning to end, so I love our Cabernet Franc. If I have to pick one of our bottled wines, I would say our Chardonnay.
 

Guilty pleasure? 

Lululemon and loud music in the car. People can often hear me before they see me. I bought my car for its sound system. 


Android or iPhone? 

Android
 

Favourite app? 

Hopper, because I am always looking for my next adventure.