Taylor Whelan is a B.C. native. Born and raised in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, he later migrated to Victoria for an undergraduate degree in Biology. Fisheries science turned out to be less swimming with whales and mores statistics. So Taylor pursued his other passion, winemaking. After completing a post-graduate diploma in Oenology and Viticulture from Brock University in Ontario, Taylor worked in Niagara, Ontario, as well as for world class premium wineries in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, in McLaren Vale, Australia, and in Piper’s River, Tasmania. Taylor’s passion for cool climate grape growing and winemaking brought him to CedarCreek for harvest in 2011, and he was hired permanently as Assistant Winemaker in 2012.
Taylor’s goal is working with CedarCreek’s viticulturalists and vineyard managers to continue to improve the quality of fruit grown in the vineyard, and to build a strong and passionate winemaking team who can translate those premium grapes into premium, terroir driven wines, while pushing the boundaries of the British Columbia wine industry.
Max joined the CedarCreek winemaking team in June 2017 from a small-lot focused winery in the South Okanagan, where he worked for nearly three years in a cellar and vineyard management role. Max also brings premium winery experience to us from the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and from New Zealand where he has worked harvests previously. Max earned his sommelier accreditation in Ottawa in 2007 and holds an Honours Degree with first class standing in Enology and Viticulture from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Cellar master, Casey Hogan, joined the CedarCreek winemaking team in 2015. With a combined eight years working in the wine industry, Casey’s passion for wine began while working at his local wine shop. Wanting to learn more and further his understanding for wine he enrolled in courses to earn his Sommelier certification. This was followed by a Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) advanced certificate at the Vendage Institute and passing the first two exams for the Court of Master Sommeliers. Casey also completed a degree in Oenology and Viticulture from Brock University in Ontario with honours and first class standing. Casey has since worked at wineries in Oregon, Australia, Ontario and British Columbia.