Our Story

Since starting Still & Cask Brands, Inc. in late 2015, our mission has been to seek out a selection of wines that reflect our passions and personal tastes.  Rather than strive to become one of the larger and more dominant wine agencies in Western Canada, our focus is to cultivate relationships with small and mid-sized wineries whose products reflect their terroir, local grape varieties, and the passions of their winemakers.  We are currently a licensed agent in British Columbia with plans underway to expand our presence to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Our commitment to our customers is to provide a unique portfolio of characterful and distinctive wines; thoughtful advice and recommendations; informative communications; and above all else, superior customer service.

To the wineries that have granted us the honour of representing their products, our view is that of a long-term relationship built on trust, respect and connection on both a personal and professional level.  We take pride in ensuring the products we represent are supported by people who know our suppliers, their stories and unique product offerings.

 
 

Our Team

Ruth Summers, Founder & President - A finance professional with 20+ years working for some of Canada's largest banks and professional services firms, Ruth brings her passion for fine wines, love of travel, and business expertise to Still & Cask, as founder and president.  She is responsible for all aspects of the agency, including the company’s overall strategy and direction, liaising with suppliers, providing guidance on marketing initiatives, and spearheading Still & Cask's expansion into new markets and regions. 

e. ruth@stillandcask.com c. +1 403 926 3009

Daniel Caro, Portfolio Director, International - Daniel has built an impressive track record spanning more than 25 years in the wine industry, with a vast array of experience encompassing international and domestic distribution, fine wine trading, and construction and management of wineries, including the creation of a high-end wine label.  At one point, Daniel was founding partner and CEO of GlobalWine AG, which grew to become one of the largest and most established wine companies in Switzerland.  Based in Bach, Switzerland, Daniel has primary responsibility for sourcing and managing Still & Cask's international portfolio of wines and spirits. 

e. daniel.caro@stillandcask.com c. +011 41 79 3796463

Michelle Dennis, Sommelier & Portfolio Director, Western Canada - Since obtaining her Sommelier Diploma in 2003, Michelle has embarked on a variety of pursuits, including as restaurant sommelier, winery sommelier, and as a freelance wine writer for a number of food & wine publications.  Her passion for wine and knowledge of the market is central to her primary role at Still & Cask of honing our portfolio to be relevant for the BC consumer.  Michelle also enhances Still & Cask's value proposition by offering staff education for restaurants and liquor stores, working with restaurant chefs regarding food and wine pairing knowledge for their menus, and organizing and managing wine inventory in private cellars for individual clients.

e. michelle@stillandcask.com c. +1 250 258 9484

Sean Lucas, Special Advisor, Western Canada - Sean Lucas is a former professional football player in the Canadian Football League.  During his football career, Sean discovered his passion for all things food, wine and travel. After retiring in 2012, he earned a graduate certificate in wine business management from the Canadian Food and Wine Institute in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. Sean then went on to become Western Canada Regional Sales Manager for an Alberta based wine import agency where he managed a mixed portfolio of small and medium sized family run wineries, as well as commercial wineries.  In 2016, when the opportunity arose to relocate to Vancouver (his wife’s hometown), Sean relished the opportunity to be close to family.  Still & Cask is proud to have Sean as special advisor, leveraging the experience and relationships he has built over the last several years working in the liquor industry throughout Western Canada.

e. sean@liveoakwinemerchants.com c. +1 604 603 7720