Pat was born in Olds Alberta and lived her childhood in Calgary moved to BC in 1978 where she raised her 4 daughters. Pat discovered the ability to make wines in her basement with 28 day kits and she will tell you she had her timing down to an art as the last bottle was emptied the next 30 were ready to be bottled.
Through her experience at another ferment on premise business, Pat developed a good knowledge of wines and the wine making process. Pat has developed a great depth and knowledge of the white wines we carry and is often deferred to in order to assist customers with their choice. Pat is also the person who keeps the records straight so that our production team can function efficiently. In addition Pat has developed incite in the area of giftware. When not helping customers with the bottling, Pat will be phoning people for appointments, checking computer input or organizing the artist for the Loft Art Gallery.
Peter Dicken (Owner)
Born in England trained as a navigator and joined the British Merchant Navy. For the next few years travelled to most parts of the world mainly on refrigerator ships. Once Peter sailed into Vancouver he realized this is where he wanted to live. Immigrated to Canada in 1974 and joined the banking system. About 25 years later he was ready for a new challenge and started to look at business options. After meeting Pat the interest in wine making was developed. Making wine at home and at Ferment on Premise locations and finding that though commercial red wines did not agree with him, the red wines from kits could be enjoyed without the after effects experienced before. Peter immediately worked full time at the store and though a steep learning curve the learning experience has been worthwhile.
Peter joined the South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, as a director, to get a better understanding of the community. Then sat on the board of the industry representative group, Fermenter’s Guild of BC as Director and President to get a full understanding of the industry. Peter represented BC Winexpert retailers, by sitting on the National Retailers Council Advisory group for 4 years. Peter joined South Cowichan Rotary and enjoys the many great initiatives that that group generates. Peter also loves fishing and photography when he can get the time.