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Sandra Croney

Owner & Co-Manager

Sandra Croney is the owner and co-manager of Beyond the Grape On-Premise Winemaking. She and her husband Jim purchased the store from Dan Bernstone in March 2001. Sandra takes great pride in the store, the staff and the relationships she has forged with the customers, many of whom she now considers friends. When Jim passed away …

Sandra Croney is the owner and co-manager of Beyond the Grape On-Premise Winemaking. She and her husband Jim purchased the store from Dan Bernstone in March 2001. Sandra takes great pride in the store, the staff and the relationships she has forged with the customers, many of whom she now considers friends. When Jim passed away 2007, Sandra and Michael set in motion Jim’s dream of combining the two stores into one and creating a location that is second to none in the industry.

Sandra is originally from the Caribbean Island of Barbados. She came to Canada in 1977 with her husband Jim, son Craig and daughter Priscilla (who was a few months from being born). Sandra has worked in sales in various industries before she became an entrepreneur.

Sandra’s favourite white wine is Selection Original Series Symphony and her favourite Red Wine is Selection International Series South African Pinotage.

Michael Druce

Co-Manager

Michael Druce is the co-manager with Sandra. He has been with Beyond The Grape since March 2001. Shortly after Jim and Sandra purchased the store they thought it would be a good idea to bring their future son in-law on board to help them out, well he fell in love with the business and has …

Michael Druce is the co-manager with Sandra. He has been with Beyond The Grape since March 2001. Shortly after Jim and Sandra purchased the store they thought it would be a good idea to bring their future son in-law on board to help them out, well he fell in love with the business and has never left. Michael married Jim & Sandra’s daughter, Priscilla, in August 2001. Jim and Sandra purchased a second location in Burnaby in December 2001 which Michael managed till the stores were combined to one location in March 2009.

Michael has really enjoyed the relationships forged with the customers and takes great pride in the success of the business. Michael looks after many of the specialty parts of the business like label making, website, emails & computer systems and marketing as well as working with Sandra on managing the wine making and customer service. Michael’s background is from the Hospitality industry and has worked in several of Vancouver’s finest hotels mainly as a Concierge.

Michael’s favourite white wine is the Selection Original Series Viognier and his favourite red is the Eclipse Series Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel.

Member of:

CAMRAVanBrewersTri-Cities Brew Club

Professional Development:

U of O Chemistry of Beer

Shelley Kenney

Vintner

Shelley Kenney joined us as an Assistant Vintner in the spring of 2011, getting her up to speed on the art of wine making and eventually replacing our retiring vintner Chris. Learning the ropes has been delightful as she feels she is finally doing the work she’s meant to and loving every aspect of wine making. …

Shelley Kenney joined us as an Assistant Vintner in the spring of 2011, getting her up to speed on the art of wine making and eventually replacing our retiring vintner Chris. Learning the ropes has been delightful as she feels she is finally doing the work she’s meant to and loving every aspect of wine making. Making wine kits since 1997 and having worked in the hospitality and service industries ‘forever!’ it is a perfect fit. Shelley comes from Calgary originally, has raised 3 children in Vancouver and left briefly in 2010 to help out her Dad in Salmon Arm. Now living in Port Moody and enjoying being back closer to and sharing her wine making efforts with her grown children!

Shelley’s favourite Red wine (one of them!) is the Selection Estate Series Cabernet Franc! (No longer being offered!!!!) but with all the ‘Big’ wines out there, she will find a new fave soon…   her favourite white wine is the Selection Original Series Viognier.