Carlos LeePresident & CEO
Carlos made his first vintage of Alliànce in 2004, which is still his biggest seller. “It went straight to the top. 94 points out of 100, which was the highest ever recorded score for a BC wine! Ever since then, we’ve been improving.” It’s big brother, The Referènce, scored 97 points, and is currently the most expensive wine in the province at $150 per bottle.
Carlos is proud to announce that the 2009 bottle of Alliànce is now out! He explains that it takes 8 years to release it to the public. “I create carbon copies of expensive wines. I don’t try to change or deviate from the original perfection. I strive to maintain the consistency of these original wines, and create what tastes like a $3000 wine for $69.”
Carlos makes his wine with unparalleled passion. When he talks about the process of winemaking, he lights up. He makes his wine with oenophiles in mind, but he seems to take singular delight in watching the uninitiated taste his wines for the first time.
Kimberley Collins General Manager
Kimberley has been with Blackwood Lane since the beginning. She is the General Manager. She is also a Certified Sommelier, getting her accreditation through the International Sommelier Guild (ISG). Besides her tasting room and office duties, you will find her in the wine cellar as well. In addition to managing the winery, Kimberley studies aromatherapy and has a passion for drumming.
Daniel Lee Cellar Manager
Daniel, son of Carlos Lee, was literally born into the wine business! He’s been part of Blackwood Lane since it opened 13 years ago. He’s now the Cellar Manager and helps with everything from crushing grapes, to bottling the wines. Having had the opportunity to develop his palate at a young age, while learning the finer points of winemaking under the tutelage of his father, Daniel is poised to continue the legacy of creating BC’s best wines. When Daniel is away from the winery, he enjoys skiing and snowboarding at Whistler, drawing, and making music.
Kelli Kling Product Administrator
Kelli, Product Administrator extraordinaire. A Fraser Valley University Alumni, when she’s not in the Tasting Room getting customers acquainted with our world-class wines, she’s usually busy coordinating events, overseeing outside sales, and administering our membership program. Outside of work, she loves to travel, play soccer, and of course, drink great wine! She completed her Level 2 WSET, and continues to learn more about the wine industry.