Maddison Pantlin earned a “Future 50 under 40 Award” through the International Wine and Spirit Competition. (IWSC/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Maddison Pantlin earned a “Future 50 under 40 Award” through the International Wine and Spirit Competition. (IWSC/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Self-proclaimed Langley ‘wine geek’ earns international recognition

Maddison Pantlin earned a ‘50 under 40’ award from the International Wine and Spirit Competition

Maddison Pantlin, a 25-year-old South Langley resident and self professed wine geek took home a “Future 50 under 40” award – an international honour given to just two other Canadian recipients.

“All three of us were women,” Pantlin cheered, “the women of the wine.”

Headquartered in London, England, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is a global organization with arranges courses and exams for wine and spirit industry.

Together with the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), an annual awards night is held to honour the best in beverage making and marketing.

“They looked at the past three years of our lives… job experience, innovation, and education,” Pantlin explained.

This was the first year that specific award was handed out, launched to recognize the industry’s up-and-coming young professionals.

With more than 600 nominations for the first round, Pantlin said she was tipped off about her nomination through an email this summer.

READ MORE: Campbell Valley Wine Run fundraiser draws nearly 400 participants in Langley

“I was in Australia at the time and I didn’t apply for anything so I don’t even know how it happened,” Pantlin said.

The IWSC would have had trouble missing Panlin’s dedications and efforts to all things wine; she began her career as a sampler with Chaberton Estate Winery before launching her own company in the spring of last year.

“Nomadic Grapevine is a way for me to work as a wine taster, give classes, and provide in-home tastings,” she explained.

On top of that, Pantlin is working to finish her WSET diploma, while simultaneously earning a wine and spirit diploma from a school in San Francisco and a certificate through the UC Davis Wine-making program.

“I just love the flexibility of it all. My parents were big wine drinkers and I just saw that wine is a bit of an underrated niche. You can work in vineyard retail, sales, or importing,” Pantlin said. “I know it’s been said a lot, but it’s science and art put together.”

The ceremony where Pantlin’s award was announced, took place in London on Thursday, Nov. 28.

She watched it broadcast online and thinks the win will help make new connections for her in the future.

“I’m thankful for anyone who’s supported me, especially Chaberton who gave me my start,” Pantlin added.

With Australia and New Zealand ticked off the travel list, Pantlin is now looking at South Africa or Chile for future vineyard experiences.

“The seasons in the northern and southern hemisphere are opposite, so going back and forth is how I see myself living my life for the next few years,” said Pantlin.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

It’s sad, said Raiza Uera, who plays Ariel, that the students don’t get to experience all the little things that happen back stage in live theatre. But the bonus is, they all stay safe “so this virus can go away,” added performer Katelyn Smyrski. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley students present Disney, pandemic-style

Musical theatre lovers can watch Walnut Grove Secondary’s take of The Little Mermaid later this month

A fundraiser gets underway May 10 to raise $10,000 towards purchasing new pianos for Langley schools. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Fundraiser buying new pianos for Langley schools

A 15-day music practice-a-thon aims to buy 15 instruments; it starts Monday

Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
LETTER: Constituent does not consider MP’s ‘unclean’ use a slur

Local letter writer said the biblical quote was not an insult to gay MP

A Worksafe BC temporary closure order posted on the front entrance of the Langley Canadian Tire on Thursday, April 29. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
First Langley business in several days hit by COVID-19 closure order

A plumbing company is the latest to have to shut down temporarily

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

FILE – A plexiglass barrier is pictured creating a barrier to protect a cashier at a grocery store in North Vancouver, B.C. Sunday, March 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Grocery store workers now eligible for COVID vaccines in Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal

Workers will be fast-tracked through the system, which is otherwise booking for people in their 50s

A man who allegedly spat at and yelled racial slurs at an Asian family was arrested for hate-motivated assault Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Arrest made after man spits, yells anti-Asian racial slurs at Victoria mom and kids

The man was arrested for hate-motivated assault near Quadra Elementary School Tuesday

A lady wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Level of immunity among the population changes with the variants, especially the more transmissible strains

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Ripy Jubbal of Abbotsford has received a 30-month jail sentence for the fraudulent use of credit cards and credit card data. (Facebook photo)
Abbotsford woman sentenced for $80K in fraudulent credit card purchases

Ripy Jubbal and spouse used identities of 19 different victims, court hears

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

Most Read