Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tours

Your Hosts/Guides

At Uncorked, we believe our customers come first. From the moment you contact us, we strive to go above and beyond, offering our customers an excellent experience from start to finish.

Did you know it was our 10 year anniversary this season? Come out and have some fun with us as we celebrate this milestone!

Why Choose Uncorked Okanagan?

Uncorked Okanagan is one of the longest running touring companies around, and what has made us so successful is that we pride ourselves on outstanding customer interaction – We go above and beyond expectation so that you have the best day possible.

With helpful suggestions on which tour suits your groups’ needs, information on places to stay, things to do in the Okanagan followed by personal concierge services during your tour, Uncorked goes all out to make sure you have a great time.

Our guides are some of the most entertaining people you’ll ever have the pleasure of spending a day with; from Mission Hill alumnus, photographer, adventurers, magicians, sommeliers, guitar players, storytellers, and wine history buffs – we make sure you have the most amazing time, and an extreme amount of fun!

Meet The Team

Herb Carruthers

Herb retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2003 after 29 years of service, in which he was stationed in numerous communities throughout BC, Saskatchewan, and Ontario – he spent the last 17 years of his career as a Forensic Crime Scene Investigator and was a member of the ‘RCMP Musical Ride’, based out of Ottawa where he was fortunate to travel across most of North America.

In 1989, Herb spent 6 months on United Nations Duty in Namibia Africa as a peacekeeping monitor for the vote for Namibian independence in South Africa.

“I first met Deb and Jim when I was working in the electronics department at Costco in Kelowna. I sold them a computer for Uncorked and helped them set it up. We became friends and I ended up joining the Uncorked team as one of the first guides in 2010. One of the things I enjoy about working at Uncorked is meeting people from all walks of life and from so many different locations around the world.”


Alana Francis

Alana grew up in Saskatchewan, before moving to the Okanagan over 22 years ago with her husband Steve and their two daughters.

Going into her 5th year as a tour guide for Uncorked, Alana has loved every second of it. Working with the Canadian Cancer Society full time for over 21 years, she finds working as a tour guide has become her FUN job!

“I love learning about our amazing wine industry and I learn something new every time I go out on a tour. It’s hard to say which is my favourite local winery – they are all so amazing and each one is different. I prefer the “boutique” wineries and love all of the local history and stories that go along with each one. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to be doing what I do and do what I love!”


Ryan Lackey

Ryan or ‘Ryan Michael’ as he’s also known, had been a professional magician for the past 10 years performing over 150 shows per year, achieving the Canadian Close-up Magician of the Year as well as Mentalist of the Year.

Born and raised in Jasper, Ryan was a white water raft guide and an interpretive hiking guide for close to 6 years. He is an outdoor enthusiast who loves snowboarding, skateboarding, paddleboarding – basically anything to do with a board!

“I love wine; my favorite being the Summerhill Erhenfelser, closely followed by the Vibrant Vines Rose – Sperling’s ‘Old Vines Reisling’ is also high on the list. I have such a huge appreciation for life, where we live, and the lifestyle we get to lead. I like to take a moment on each tour to allow everyone to truly appreciate the Okanagan. I can guarantee laughter, real magic, and a few surprises along our tour.”


Ken Smith

Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tour Guide

 

Even with close to 35 years of living in the Okanagan, Ken still delights in discovering the ever-changing special places, tastes and art of the people who live here. He loves to learn their stories and takes special pleasure in sharing those insights and backgrounds with others, taking special interest in the funny side. An avid boater, he also brings a unique knowledge and perspective about the one feature of this valley that affects virtually all activity and species.

“I love the Okanagan, the diversity, the history and how it has changed what we see and experience today. I also love to make people laugh and having fun helps everyone enjoy the great place we call the Okanagan as much as I do.”


Sunshine Morse
Uncorked Okanagan wine tour guide
Sunshine has lived in Kelowna for the past 12 years hailing from Montreal, where she was a basketball player and an assistant basketball coach at McGill University. Her passion for helping others lead her into a career of massage therapy for the last 20 years. Sunshine also carries a passion for other healing modalities such as shamanic healing and working with animal spirit guides.
Her love of nature, wine, and meeting new people makes her a natural fit and a welcome addition to the team at Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tours.
“I love to share the unique quality and diversity of our Okanagan wineries to visitors and
locals of our beautiful valley!”