advisory and commentary on policy and business matters in the Canadian wine industry

Karen’s wine industry clients have included:

  • B.C. Wine Institute

  • Vancouver International Wine Festival

  • Cornucopia Wine Festival (Whistler)

  • New Zealand Winegrowers

  • Wine Access magazine

"I could never truly walk away from the grape - or the great people in the industry.

It’s an exciting time to be involved in wine in British Columbia and Canada. The quality has never been better, the profile has never been higher."

- Karen Graham

After two decades of involvement in the British Columbia and Canadian wine industries, Karen recently returned to the Okanagan Valley, the heart of B.C.’s wine country, to pursue her passion for all things wine. Realising she could never truly walk away from the grape – or the great people in the industry – it was time to “walk the talk” and return to where it all started, to help contribute to the advancement of the BC and Canadian wine industry.

She began contributing to in 2011 (which is no longer active) and launched WineDrops in 2015. Her purpose with WineDrops is to offer insights, analysis and advice on the business, policy and regulatory issues that are critical to the success of B.C. and Canadian wine, and to a thriving wine economy and culture.

“Wine will always be a regulated beverage.  That means wine-related businesses must remain current and engaged on public policy.”

While wine has been a consistent passion (and focus of consulting work), Karen maintains a parallel consulting career in public policy, economic development, government relations and communications. Her non-wine roles have included Senior Policy Analyst for the Business Council of British Columbia, Economic/Political Advisor for the United States Consulate (Vancouver), and Director of Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. 

Her thoughts on the Comeau case (interprovincial trade barriers) and the short-lived 2018 Alberta ban on BC wine have been featured in the Globe and Mail, and she has also been interviewed by BNN and CBC/Radio Canada about the long-running WTO trade challenge against BC for its wine-in-grocery store policy.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in International Relations and Political Science, and a Master of Public Policy degree.

She is very pleased to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society.