Entertainment

100-MILE BOOK CLUB: South Okanagan writer gives crushing perspective on wine industry

What’s a writer who loves good wine to do when moving to the Okanagan?

Write about wine, of course! A few years ago, Jeannette Montgomery started a personal blog about Okanagan wines, which quickly turned into several writing gigs in the Okanagan’s burgeoning wine industry.

Montgomery, who is based in Oliver,  is a contributor to magazines such as EAT, Wineries Refined and BC Wine Trails. She also pens newsletters and generates advertising copy for Okanagan wineries.

Montgomery brings a unique perspective to the wine industry: She doesn’t approach her work as a sommelier or certified wine professional, but as a writer in search of a story.  Montgomery explains that sharing the sensory experiences of wine — the taste and smell — is storytelling at its best.

“Relating wine to a situation resonates with me,” she explains. “Who you like to drink it with, where you’d like to be, if it’s sunny, or if you’re on the sofa in front of a fireplace.”

Montgomery has plenty of experience to draw on while formulating her stories, having previously been in the service industry at an Okanagan winery. It was a perfect place for a wine lover, and a great place for research. “Drinking is good writer cred. I try to ensure that I do my part.”

Even though wine has played a role in Montgomery’s writing career, she tackles many other subjects — working on everything from short stories to generating content for campaigns and websites.

“I write,” she says. “I drink wine. Sometimes, the two intersect.”

Montgomery sees writing about wine in her future but wouldn’t rule out other subjects becoming her focus. In fact, Montgomery is on the board of directors for the Penticton Art Gallery, and has recently opened an art gallery and small bookshop in Penticton. For more information visit Montgomery’s website: www.okanaganwriting.com.

A gift of vino

The holiday season can be a wonderful time to give wine.

Jeannette Montgomery, a local writer, suggests trying to make a personal connection.

“Maybe it’s something you’ve tasted together on a wine tour, or that reminds you of a time you were lost and found a great little restaurant.”

Heather Allen is a writer and reader living in Penticton.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Stronger one kind act at a time
 
Other alleged victim will be recalled to Bobbitt hearing
 
Kisu swim club kicks into second place at Penticton meet
Emission limits set for B.C. LNG producers
 
De Groot family outraged
 
West Kootenay Roller Derby League season opens
Operation Popcorn thanks transplant staff
 
West Kootenay/Boundary candidate numbers up slightly over 2011
 
Wood first a priority of new forest strategy

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.