About Us

Soooooo, purchasing wine should be as easy buying bread? Yeah right. I once had a boyfriend who bought me $80 dollars’ worth of bread. Weird. We broke up. Forget about that.


My name is Susan McCarthy aka The Sipping Chef. Like you, I’m a passionate wine drinker. At home in Penticton I have access to over 60 wineries within 15 minutes. Hundreds more in less than 2 hours. I’m also passionate about good food and art. All of this - I would love to share with you!

The drama of being a radio and television journalist propelled me into my first passion, buying and drinking wine. I followed my second passion into professional culinary training. Cooking school was like being in the army – lots of yelling, crying, bonding, and of course, more wine. (Fellow grads from Dubrulle International Hotel & Culinary Institute, contact me if you ever had one of your little whitey towels catch fire.)

Hosted a cooking show in film school (that was a bomb) and before any of us could really cook lol. Delivered wine and food pairing talks at the Feast of Fields. Loved acting as a Publicist for the Vancouver International Film Festival, Country Music Week and CBC Television. I traveled to Asia to host BC Wine Tastings.

At the University of British Columbia, I studied Internet Marketing. Along the way, I took courses with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. I also performed in theater and dance. Including, a show apropos for us all, entitled, Enjoy Yourself, It’s Later Than You Think at the Four Seasons Hotel.

There’s a third passion – art and artists. I’ve discovered astounding artistic talent during my wine-sipping travels. And whenever I can give an artist a plug, well I am going to do just that.  

Wine, art, food, and fun. This is me in a nutshell, folks. I’ll be blogging fun tips, tricks, hacks and life highlights. Fun wine. Good times.

Join me, won’t you? I want everyone to enjoy BC wine so don’t forget to enter the Love-Lounge contest.

Susan McCarthy, The Sipping Chef
The Sipping Chef