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Our People

Steven French
Proprietor

An inherent entrepreneur, Steven’s career began after graduating from the University of Western Ontario. An ownership and executive career in Oil and Gas focused on Marketing and Business Development eventually allowed him to establish Little Engine.

Nicole French
Proprietor

Coming from a lineage of entrepreneurs. Nicole began her career in Education after receiving degrees from UWO and the University of Calgary. Her career after teaching led to Real Estate Design & Development and Brand Marketing.

Scott Robinson
Winemaker

Scott holds a masters in Oenology with Distinction from the University of Adelaide. He has been with Little Engine since the beginning, after growing his skills in New Zealand, Australia and the Okanagan.

Adam Lucarino
Cellar Master

Gowing up on the west coast with his strong Italian roots Adam was making wine from a young age with his father and grandfather in the basement, wine is in his blood. The cellar is his home away from home.

Matt Rademakers
Viticulture Manager

Matt's viticulture career began in 2003 in Wanaka, New Zealand. Arriving in Canada the following year he worked throughout the Okanagan and Vancouver Island before calling the bench his home and completing the Viticulture program at the Okanagan College.

Michelle Younie
Viticulturist

Locally born and raised, Michelle returned to the Valley after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Calgary. She spent 10 years developing her knowledge and skills in organic horticultural practices has now turned her energy to the development of sustainable viticulture.

Amanda Coleman
Tasting Room Manager

Amanda made the move to the Okanagan four years ago after spending the last 10 years working in international travel tourism as well as cruise ships. She has completed WSET 2 and holds a degree in Tourism Management from the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec.

Natasha Sadowy
Business Development

Relocating to the Okanagan in 2017 to explore her passion for wine she has spent nearly 20 years in hospitality sales, marketing and event management.

Selina Carolei
Wine Club Manager

Born and raised amidst the landscapes of the Okanagan Valley, Selina has always been deeply passionate about the culture surrounding wine. Originating from Italian roots, this connection runs deep within her heritage,. Driven by curiosity to delve deeper into wine, Selina completed WSET 3 with distinction and a marketing degree.

Deanna Carloni
Brand Ambassador, BC

Deanna has been involved in the BC wine industry off and on since 2009. After earning a Diploma in Hospitality Management, a Certificate in Wine Sales and Marketing, completing level 3 of her WSET, and travelling to many wine producing regions around the world, she has made all things wine her passion and her career.

Nikki Sawri
Brand Ambassador, BC, AB, SK, MB

Nikki embarked on her wine journey in 2010 in tasting rooms along the Naramata Bench. She then pursued a career in sales with an agency in Calgary, before returning to the Okanagan. Nikki is a proud graduate of the WSET Level 3 and the Canadian Wine scholar program. Her dedication to sharing her expertise in food and wine is a testament to her passion.

Jamen Rhodes
Photographer

Jamen has been working with Little Engine since its inception and is responsible for all Photographic content. He maintains a widely diverse client base across Canada, Mexico and the United States.