The Ex Nihilo Team
Jeff and Decoa bring tremendous wine industry background to the management team, with a particular strength in brand development, strategic positioning and winery operations. Their close ties to the Napa Valley wine region affords them access to strategic alliances and the latest in industry knowledge and direction.
Jay and Twila have recently moved from Sherwood Park, Alberta. Their background has been in the agriculture sector, the cattle industry in particular. The Paulsons background was involving operatating three beef related companies involved with brokerage, sales, livestock investment and farming.
Wine Making Team
Jay Paulson, Proprietor, crafts our wines under Consulting Winemaker Dr. Alan Marks. Dr. Alan Marks Ph.D. has made wine commercially since 1987 in the US and Canada, relocating to the Okanagan in 1994. His background includes a BS and MS degree in Agriculture with emphasis on incorporating new vineyard practices to maximize wine quality, and a Ph.D. degree in Food Science/Enology. Jay and Alan are passionate and dedicated to making Ex Nihilo wines stand paramount.
Gordon Tucker: Retirement from teaching has never kept Decoa’s father so busy. His meticulous approach to the vineyard has helped the Lake Country site prosper. Gord can be found tending to each individual vine on the property from sun up to sun down throughout most of the growing season.