Winemaker Profile: Tim Cottrill, Robin Ridge Winery

The final countdown is on for Devour! Okanagan The Food Film Fest and we want to give you a little peek into the lives and minds of some of the Similkameen Wineries Association members who will be pouring during the weekend of food, film, wine, and fun. This weekend-long event is a foodie’s dream, set among the backdrop of one of Canada’s top food and wine regions. Festival events include an East vs West Showdown featuring Chef Michael Howell and Chef Adair Scott; a 6 course, wine paired dinner, with dishes from some of BC’s top chefs, paired with Similkameen wines and short, food-themed films; a Mother’s Day Rosé Sunday Brunch; and a Slow Food Market of Taste.

Select tickets and rooms are still available for this special event, taking place from May 6-8 at Watermark Beach Resort!

Robin Ridge Winery

Robin Ridge Winery OwnerLocated along Middle Bench Road, Robin Ridge Winery was founded by the Cottrill family in 1996. This Similkameen winery uses the Geneva double-curtain trellis style, allowing more light into the fruiting zone while, at the same time increasing the surface area of the canopy. The result is grapes that are optimally ripened, producing wines with intense and unique flavours.

Name:  Tim Cottrill

What path lead you to a career as a winemaker? 

It started as a hobby, but the desire to push further lead to the opening of the winery.

What is your favourite, unconventional wine pairing? 

Merlot & popcorn.


If you were a wine, which wine would you be? 

Cabernet Franc. 


What is your favourite food or wine-related film and why? 

I will pick one from the presentations at Devour!


What is your greatest passion? 

Talking about wines.


What might people be surprised to learn about you? 

I love craft beer.

DSC_0015 Winery Tim & Caroline

Tim and Caroline toast a glass of Robin Ridge wine.

To learn more about Devour! Okanagan The Food Film Fest, or to book your package, visit our Devour! info page or call us at 1-888755-3480.