To collectively lead the renaissance of Blasted Church by elevating the brand perception and consumer experience to match the world class wines we produce.
Evan Saunders – The perfect blend of Prairie charm and enological wit, Evan joined the congregation in 2014 as a cellar hand, rose to Assistant Winemaker, and was promoted to Winemaker at Blasted Church in 2017.
After completing a degree in microbiology from the University of Victoria, Evan moved to Ontario to study Grape and Wine Technology at Brock University. Applying his scientific background with wine was a perfect pairing. Returning to BC, Evan spent over three years learning the art of Bordeaux style reds at Osoyoos Larose, Oliver, BC, and traveled to Sonoma for a Pinot Noir harvest at Kosta Browne in Sebastopol, CA. Evan brings a wealth of red wine making experience to our winemaking team.
Since joining our team four years ago, Evan has been a driving force in the pursuit of stellar quality in our wine program. His contagious enthusiasm in the cellar, along with his finely balanced artistic and scientific approach to winemaking have made Evan the natural choice to spearhead our wine operations into the future.
John Bayley – John is a lover of all things wine and vine. He started his career with one of Vancouver’s specialty wine retailers where he developed his palate and passion for wine while also obtaining his Sommelier Diploma. He has travelled the world working with various wineries and vineyards in places such as Oregon, Burgundy, New Zealand – where he studied Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University, and of course British Columbia. He is now committed to working with the soils of the Okanagan and to helping grow grapes that are a true expression of the land.
Tanya Martin – Tanya’s introduction to the wine industry started with the 1994 vintage as part of the administrative team at Lecomte Estate Winery, now known as See Ya Later Ranch. From there she moved on to gather diverse experience at different wineries, including Hester Creek Estate Winery and Hillside Estate Winery.
Since joining our team in 2007, Tanya has been instrumental in building a system of organization and resources. Her sassiness and laughter are infectious and welcome in an otherwise quiet office environment.
Sif, a female yellow Labrador, comes to work with Tanya every day and enjoys her job as wine shop greeter.
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Sean Morrison – Sean purchased a majority interest in Blasted Church in the summer of 2020 – Sean was attracted to Blasted Church because of its iconic brand in the BC wine industry.
Sean has been fortunate to have worked with many of Canada’s leading brands and businesses including: The Keg, lululemon, A&W, Aritzia, Mr. Lube, Boston Pizza and Air Miles Canada.
Sean will bring his experience with these leading Canadian brands and work with Blasted Church’s award winning wines, iconic brand and experienced management team.