The Kalala Team
Karnail Singh Sidhu
Proprietor | Managing Director | Viticulturist
Brimming with knowledge and experience (over 20 years in organic agriculture), Karnail has created an excellent reputation for himself which has now transcended the Okanagan region. He started Kalala Organic Estate Winery, in 2006, he continues to own and operate the winery with his family members. He is a sought-after viticulture consultant and the proud winner of a myriad of wine awards.
Narinder is an irreplaceable asset to Kalala Organic Estate Winery. She was there when it began in 2006 and you could count on one hand the number of days she has taken off since then. Narinder is the “mother” of Kalala, the one that takes care of it all. Some of her major roles within Kalala include accounting, managing the sales associates, and coordinating all of the day-to-day logistics.
Alan Marks, Ph.D.
Dr. Alan Marks has been responsible for the creative and fine-finishing work on Kalala wines since 2006. He has made wine commercially since 1987 in the US and Canada, and relocated to the Okanagan in 1994. His has a BS and MS degree in Agriculture with emphasis on incorporating new vineyard practices to maximize wine quality, and a Ph.D. degree in Food Science/Enology.
Ashish Dave, Ph.D.
Research & Development Consultant
Dr. Ashish Dave is a leading-edge Research and Production Scientist in the field of Plant Biotechnology, heading the Research and Development division at Kalala Organic Estate Winery. At Kalala, Dr. Dave is actively involved in optimizing the best cultural and pruning practices for production of superior quality organic grapes, irrigation management, evaluation of various natural plant extracts and nutrients on improvement in grapevine vigor, yield, and juice quality.
Tibor (Tibby) Erdelyi
Tibby grew up in Serbia and has always been inspired by his uncle who was a winemaker. In 1989, Tibby immigrated to Canada to pursue his passion for food and wine. After many years’ as a chef in many of the finest restaurants in Vancouver, Canada, he has fully immersed himself in wine culture since moving to the Okanagan. Starting as a retail-and-marketing manager for Summerhill Pyramid Winery, he began his winemaking career with Kalala Organic Estate Winery in 2008. Tibby quickly gained great recognition for his winemaking prowess due to the numerous international and domestic awards his wines have won year after year.
Stephen (Steve) Knapp
Accounting Assistant | Front Counter Sales
Steve joined the team at Kalala Organic Estate Winery in May of 2014. He was hired on as an accounting assistant but his job description expands daily. You may see him working in the office, doing tastings with customers, or causing havoc at one of our events. He is currently studying to attain his Bachelor of Business Administration, and he is specializing in accounting. In the fall of 2014, he ventured off on an exchange semester in the Netherlands where he took some marketing courses and expanded his horizons culturally. He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006, and he can make a killer omelette.
Lower Mainland Sales
Lynette has over 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and management. She is expressive, amiable, and analytical with a driving personality. Her motto is, “OK is not OK and good is not good enough.” Lynette is the master of the smooth, soft sell but never afraid to ask for the business. Outgoing and enthusiastic, she will go out of her way to help clients because she believes in the value of maintaining an ongoing relationship with them. She has worked with Kalala Organic Estate Winery since October 2012 and has been a key contributor to the success of building the Kalala brand.
Jamey was born in North Vancouver and has resided in Rossland, BC for the last 23 years. His passion for skiing and golfing brought him to the Kootenays where he successfully owned and operated a leather retail business for five years. For the past three years Jamey has effectively represented many different companies in import and BC wines, refreshment beverages, and spirits, including Kalala Organic Estate Winery. Jamey feels that strong product knowledge and the ability to build relationships with customers are undoubtedly the most important qualities in liquor sales. He continues to strive for success for himself and for his customers. He believes that the industry is constantly changing and you are always learning, but most of all it is about having fun while doing your job.
Vancouver Island Sales
Diane Appleton has been a proud advocate of BC wines for the past 19 years. Diane moved to Victoria in 1997 to represent two BC Estate wineries and over the past 17 years has represented both domestic and international wineries. In 2007, Diane completed WSET level 3 as well as ISG Level 2. She is passionate about the wine industry and has developed many great relationships along the way. Diane has been effectively representing Kalala Organic Estate Winery since August of 2013.