Our family grew up appreciating the spirit and neighbourly hospitality from the people of the Okanagan Valley; we want to instill that spirit in everything we do.
– Ron mayert
TIME is an observed phenomenon that allows us to honour key moments in our shared journey through life. With 50 vintages of experience in the South Okanagan, the team knows that our unique terroir can offer the right wine to celebrate any occasion. TIME Family of Wines in Penticton is committed to creating wines that express the unique flavours of the Okanagan.
Built within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown, the TIME Family of Wines has grown as a team and as a family, to reflect the quality and attention to retail that is found in our wines and dishes.
Ron & Shelley Mayert, Owners
As newcomers to the British Columbia wine industry, owners Ron and Shelley Mayert are thrilled to enter the industry and to grow the legacy that the McWatters family has created. They bring fresh eyes and are keen to build relationships with industry partners, valued winery customers, and a family of talented employees.
“The McWatters’ longstanding reputation is irreplaceable, and we will always honour the legacy that Harry, Christa-Lee, and Darrien have brought to the Canadian wine industry,” remarks Ron.
British Columbians through and through, Ron Mayert was born and raised in Summerland. Shelley Mayert grew up on a farm in the Fraser Valley, and the couple now lives in Abbotsford with their family. These BC-born roots are why the Mayerts are so passionate about the sustainability of this beautiful region.
George James, President
George James is the President of TIME Family of Wines where he plays a pivotal role in executing a comprehensive business strategy to drive company growth and achieve financial objectives. A seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience across various industries, including wine, hotels, and hospitality, George brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his current role.
Previously, George served as the Vice President, Finance of the Verhoeff Group of Companies, Phantom Creek Estates and CFO of Black Hills Estate Winery.
George has a Bachelor of Arts and holds a Chartered Accountant designation (CPA CA) and is the current treasurer for the BC Wine Grape Council.
Favourite Wine: Chronos Syrah
Fun Fact: Played international cricket for France
George James can be contacted at email@example.com.
Lynzee Schatz, Winemaker
Lynzee joined the team in 2019 and is the winemaker for Chronos, TIME Winery, McWatters Collection, and Evolve Cellars.
Schatz has a Bachelor of Wine Science from Charles Sturt University and has completed vintages at several wineries in California, Australia, and Ontario.
After gathering precious experience in other wine regions, she decided to return home to the Okanagan to pursue her winemaking career.
Favourite Wine: Chronos Chardonnay
Fun Fact: Has 3 lovable giant breed dogs
Lynzee Schatz can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darrien McWatters, Operations Manager
As production manager for TIME Winery, Chronos, McWatters Collection and Evolve Cellars, Darrien oversees packaging, warehousing, shipping, distribution, and bottling for the three labels.
Darrien’s experience in the wine industry began in 1980 with her father on the Black Sage Bench, expanding to management positions in successful wineries across Western Canada. As a side duty, she also serves as an on-call firefighter.
Darrien McWatters can be contacted at email@example.com.
Megan McKay Hall, Sales & Marketing Manager
Megan has long been a wine lover and comes with a deep rooted background in hospitality and sales. From the beginning of her career she has loved storytelling and the magic and connection it brings to the sales process – more importantly, how it connects ourselves and others to the wonderful world of wine. With over 2 decades of sales and customer management experience in the beverage and hospitality space, Megan is excited to link together her passions for imbibing delicious beverage and sharing the stories that go along with them.
Along with a deep passion for wine Megan brings a Sales and Marketing background across all channels with a special place in her heart for independent producers and operators. WSET and Cicerone trained and a strong believer that Chardonnay pairs beautifully with every dish and occasion on the planet she is proud to be a part of TIME Family of Wines and working with this award-winning portfolio.
Favourite Wine: McWatters Chardonnay
Fun Fact: Teaches indoor cycling and boxing in her spare time
Megan McKay Hall can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky Marte, Controller
Becky began her role as Controller in October 2020. She oversees financial reporting, budgeting, and human resources for Time Family of Wines.
Becky is a driven accounting professional with a strong passion for the local wine industry. She holds a CPA designation and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She has worked in the wine industry for 7+ years. When Becky isn’t immersed in an excel spreadsheet, she enjoys long distance running and time with her family. Her favourite wine is the McWatters Chardonnay.
Anna Patterson, Marketing & Wine Club Coordinator
Anna grew up here in the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by lakes, grapes, and loved ones. In no time at all, she found herself nestled in the world of wine and has been torn between working in the cellar and sharing the wines’ stories for just over a decade.
When not at TIME Family of Wines you can find her hiking the hills with her partner Krista and pup Archie, tucked into MuD’s workshop or down at the Penticton Farmer’s Market.
Ever have any questions, need assistance, or simply want to say hi, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Favourite Wine: Chronos Semillon
Anna Patterson can be contacted at email@example.com.
Harry McWatters, In Memorium
Considered the grandfather of the modern BC wine industry, Harry had celebrated his 51st BC vintage in 2018. The former CEO and president of Evolve Cellars, TIME Winery, and McWatters Collection, passed away in July 2019.
His legacy is now upheld by his grown children Christa-Lee and Darrien McWatters. Harry’s rich career had taken him through the start-up and ownership of several successful BC wineries.
He was the founding chair of many landmark organizations including the BC Wine Institute, VQA Canada, the BC Wine Information Society, Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, and the BC Hospitality Foundation.
We all #raiseaglassto Harry and all he has done for the industry.
Kellie Zimmer, Food & Beverage Manager
Kellie has a long history of working in our vibrant hospitality industry all over BC. Her love the outdoors brought her to Whistler where she worked at Whistler Blackcomb for over 15 years and then moving on to F&B Director at the Sea to Sky Gondola as well as the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Center.
A proud member of the Association of Professional Sommeliers and having a true passion for food and wine Kellie has a love for pairings that create lasting memories and experiences. Having recently moved to Penticton from Sun Peaks she is proud to be part of this new community and looks forward to finding your perfect pairing at OROLO Restaurant + Cocktail Bar.
Favourite Wine: Chronos Rose
Fun Fact: Find her on the slopes in winter and the links in summer!
Kellie Zimmer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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