Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant who writes about wine in different publications including Decanter, Maclean’s, and the Georgia Strait. Kurtis also presents seminars, hosts events, judges wine competitions, and works with Vancouver restaurants on their wine programs. He won the 'Sommelier of the Year' award at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival and has various certifications through London's Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the Court of Master Sommeliers & the Winemaking Program at UC Davis.
As featured in "Georgia Straight", "Caroline and Tim Cottrill have been organically farming their Robin Ridge vineyard in the windswept Similkameen Valley since 1997, and it’s from this vineyard that we get Robin Ridge Gamay 2015 (Similkameen Valley, B.C.; $22.99, B.C. Liquor Stores). Many years back, it was Robin Ridge that got me into British Columbian Gamay, and I fall in love all over again each time I check in with a new vintage. A little richer and meatier than their Beaujolais brethren, I find that besides British Columbian Gamays offering a little more oomph, they can also be a little more spice- and herb-driven. All of that is exhibited here, where sunbaked cherries, mulberries, and plums mingle with clove, cardamom, and a smudge of dusty sage."