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Who is the hatch?

Jason Parkes, Winemaker

A riddle. A Mystery. A mystery wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in a vest. A man of the Earth, this most jovial of chaps our lovely Jason might well be the greatest winemaker nobody’s heard of. But we have, and we love him. And we love his wines. And we love that he makes our wines. Jason is refreshing relaxed for a man with such great responsibilities.

Better know a ‘winemaker‘ series of fun facts:
1. Boxers or Briefs? Neither. Prefers a silky négligée.
2. List of favourite herbs most to least: Sage, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary
3. Highlight of career thus far: That time he turned an actual grape into an actual wine. It was awesome.
4. Disraeili or Gladstone?: Neither. Life long Peelite
5. Wish he was a little bit taller, wish he was a baller, wish he had a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a six four Impala?: Yes to all above.
6. Knows what his employees write on their websites?: Ah, no comment.
Looking to contact Jason by email? No. Preferred contact method is carrier pigeon.

Andrew Melville, Chief Steward

Born, as they say, in the tooth of a gale, Andrew Melville was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. A love of the sea runs deep with-in this grizzled old sea dog and Andrew spent most of his early years as an amateur sailor. Once the call of the sea abated, Andrew attended Vasser College where he earned a Masters in Astrobiology. But life on land was not for him, and lo It was with this degree he set out to work back at sea, with Carnival Cruise Lines. Tirelessly dedicated to clean lavatories and customer service, he quickly climbed the ranks and become Chief Steward aboard the ‘Carnival Imagination’ in 2004. In 2009, on a port of call to Vancouver (Washington) Andrew met his wife, Big Linda and decided to retire from the service; returning to the land once life began. Emigrating to The Okanagan in 2014, Andrew has transitioned his sea based skills to wine country and is now instrumental in all aspects of life at ‘the hatch’. Andrew and Big Linda are still happily married, and are expecting their 3rd child in the spring of 2016.
Andrew loves email, and email loves Andrew –

Grayson, the Prince of Tides

Grayson was in ‘the hatch’ the day it opened, back in the hinterdays of May 2015. This was a simpler time back then for reasons beyond us. But also, that was thee day Grayson decided to become a ‘man’ so to say. That was the day he decided to work for us, ‘the hatch’.

It took about 12 months of convincing us that he should actually work here though. He’s from Ontario, and worked for wineries out there; so theoretically he knew what he was doing. And boy was he ever right! In May of 2016 we called him and literally said ‘Cabin boy, it’s time you became a Cabin Man!’ And with that, Grayson was born. Born, and hired. Thusly, Grayson drove cross country in a car that doesn’t even have a muffler to join us at ‘the hatch’.

He’s passionate, enthusiastic and chiplomatic. People like him, and so will you. He works most days, and will dazzle you with his wit and jovial nature, along with his keen sense of grapes.

Big news, he now has an email, and it’s AMAZING –

Kelly Spencer, hatchling #1

Back in the throes of late may of 2015, a small hatch needed help. Riding in on a hearse of gold, seemingly from Zion itself, Kelly arrived to her rightful place as the (competent) saviour of our establishment.

But what has she brought to ‘the hatch’ you might ask. What makes her so special?, others have been known to inquire. Well, she brings focus, determination, tattoos and sticktoitiveness, amongst a litany of adjectives. Her honest service, sense of humour and love of jazz music coupled with her functioning brain have made her indispensable to daily life at the hatch. She’s currently only work Mondays, but is learning to make wine every other day. So come by and gawk in astonishment as she masterfully navigates you through the choppy waters of life, love and a little liquid we call ‘wine’.

Winner of ‘the hatch’ ’employee of the month’ a record setting 24 consecutive months. U Go Kelly!
Send your congratulations and/or salad dressing recipes to Kelly here –

Jonny Bernard, Gubernatorial Candidate

Webster’s dictionary defnes the word ‘Jonathan’ as
1. a son of Saul and friend of David according to the account in I Samuel
2. american; especially : a New Englander
3. a medium-sized red-skinned apple

I can’t think of 3 ways more apt to describe Jonny of our hatch. But wait, there’s more to him than just that. Jonny is from Winnipeg, interestingly enough. He’s in school, but we’re not sure for what. We should probably ask him, but we haven’t. What we do know is that Jonny puts the ‘p’ in passion and that passion is for wine. He’s a trusted and valuable member of the team here and we’re proud to have the opportunity to exploit his youthfulness for all its worth.

Looking to get a hold of Jonny? Have at it:

Salman Rushdie, author

Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born English novelist and critic, famous for fantastical novels about the post-colonial relationship between cultures of the East and West. Raised in India and Pakistan, he was educated in England and emigrated there in 1965. A graduate of Cambridge University (1968), Rushdie worked as an actor and in advertising until the success of his second novel, Midnight’s Children (1981, Booker Prize), allowed him to work as a writer full-time. That novel cemented Rushdie’s literary fame, but he became even more famous for the controversy stirred by his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses.
Contact Sir Rushdie here:

Paul Morstad, esteemed artist

For it was with Paul that our humble little hatch, ‘the hatch’, found its look. Much like Stella getting her groove back, the vivacious Paul Morstad allowed us to get out of our rut, and into a grove.

Paul was raised in the Western provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The geography, people, flora and fauna of these places have a strong influence on his paintings, drawings, and films. He lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

Obviously, Paul’s art is amazing much in the sense that the human who created it, Paul, is also amazing. Circular logic always wins the day, and in doing so, here’s a link to Paul’s site where you gaze in amazement at the majesty of his mind:

Brodie Isaac, assistant everything

Brodie. A dark and brooding life force. This man of visceral wit likes baseball, board games and the TV show ‘Two Broke Girls’. Brodie is the sum equivalent of Brodie himself; in the sense there’s no one else who can be who he is. Who is he? Effed if we know. We love the guy, we dislike the guy, but he’s the guy. Whoever he is, he’s our guy.

Brodie. Assistant Winemaker and lead Sassmaker for Jason Parkes Customs.
Brodie never returns my emails, so let’s see if he does yours:
*This email address has been removed at Brodie’s request. He doesn’t want to return your emails either.*

The JPC Crew, people

In most instances, the people without names are the people who actually count the most. The JPC Crew, names withheld, are two of the most wonderful bi-pedal hominids in the Milky Way . Self-described ‘love-able #$!@ ups’ we do indeed love them; but fully disagree with the final sentiment. Hatch-town wouldn’t be what it is without you adorable little critters.

But who are the people who make the wines of ‘the hatch’? The ‘JPC Crew’, standing for Jason Parkes Customs, are the people who literally toil everyday in the cellar; cleaning floors and organizing barrels. Winemaking might be a romantic art, but the practical aspect, the aspect where this ‘crew’ exist are the functional part of the romance. And their names are Colin, Corey and JR. Ha! secrets out.