Meet the team

Dylan Palmer, Inventory Analyst

Dylan’s first job in the liquor industry—tending bar at his local watering hole—was waiting for him as soon as he turned 19, and he was immediately hooked by the feeling of satisfaction he got by positively impacting a customer’s experience through service, knowledge, creativity and friendship, a feeling that only fostered the desire to further his knowledge and professionalism. He loves the stories and processes of production behind the products and recipes, and has spent the past 16 years sharing that love with his customers. Dylan is most proud of the passion, interest and excitement that the staff has for the products, which translates directly to the customer making for a unique and memorable experience. Watching one of our staff members sharing their excitement for a product with a customer always makes him smile.

Personal favourite drink:

The classic bourbon Old Fashioned

Favourite product to encourage customers try for the first time:

Northwest craft beers

Darryl Lamb, Brand Manager

Darryl moved to BC in 2006 to begin a career in the wine trade; getting his start in retail for a small BC winery, he quickly rose to a management position. He studied under James Cluer, Master of Wine at the UBC Wine and Spirit Education Trust. During his tenure as BC Wine buyer at the Granville Island Liberty Wine Merchant, Darryl mastered the art of food and wine pairings, and went on to spearhead the Granville Island Gastronomic Society (GIGS), the successful cross-promotional program between Liberty Wine Merchants, the Federal Government of Canada, and the food purveyors within Granville Island Public Market. During this time, not surprisingly, the Granville Island location became the top Liberty location. Darryl then took the reins as General Manager at Firefly Fine Wines and Ales in Vancouver, where he played a key role in revamping the entire store layout, production and staff. At Legacy Liquor Store from the very beginning, he continues to fuel his natural curiosity for all things alcohol beverage-related.

Personal favourite drink:

Willamette Pinot Noir

Favourite product to encourage customers try for the first time:

Aged rum from one of the Caribbean distilleries he visited in his globe-trotting youth

Thibaut Bourtembourg, Assistant Manager

Born and raised in the Champagne region of France,  wine has always been a large part of Thibaut's background and culture. But it's in Dublin, Ireland, that he made his first step in the wine business. After 5 years working in booming Asian wine markets, in both Singapore and Hong Kong, he went back to France - the roots of winemaking. He spent 6 months touring wine regions and interviewing winemakers and vine growers, while gaining a deeper understanding of the complexity and diversity of French wines and it's people. In 2014, Thibaut moved to Vancouver to continue his career in the wine retail trade. Customer education is Thibaut's main objective as he likes to demystify the wine world, making it more approachable to a wider crowd.

Personal favourite drink:

Something with bubbles of course!

Favourite product to encourage customers try for the first time:

Portuguese wine for their great value

Jordan Knott, Assistant Manager

Jordan is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and avid home brewer who is a self proclaimed student of beer. He got his start in the industry at a young age managing his family owned rural Grocery/Liquor Store. After moving to Vancouver Jordan continued to pursue his career in the industry at BottleJockey beer and wine first as Beer Coordinator and later as Assistant Manager. Jordan thrives on sharing his passion and knowledge of all things beer wine and spirits with everyone around him, whether it's helping someone to find the perfect bottle or hosting his friends and family.

Personal favourite drink:

Hefeweisen

Favourite product to encourage customers try for the first time:

Trappist Beers

Chris Bonnallie, Beer Supervisor

Christopher Bonnallie is a veteran of Vancouver’s craft beer scene, with 16 years as a professional beer lover and brewer (both home and commercial) under his belt. In his 20s, already passionate about beer, he moved to England where he was exposed to the incredible range of flavours and styles of true English ales. This led him to brewing professionally in the UK, a career path he followed when he returned home to Vancouver.  His favourite part of his job at Legacy is the educational aspect—not just learning more about the different products on our shelves (and the stories behind them) himself, but sharing that knowledge with others and helping them along their own paths to beer geekery.

Personal favourite drink:

Brown ales

Favourite product to encourage customers try for the first time:

A Lambic Gueuze

Lesley Anne Saito, Sommelier, Wine Supervisor

Born and raised in Richmond, BC, Lesley graduated from UBC with a BA in English Language, a degree she put to good use when she moved to Japan to teach English and co-manage a snowboard rental shop.  While living in Nagano, Lesley studied the Japanese Tea Ceremony, developed a love of sake, and drank hot red wine out of a can during the 1998 Winter Olympics. In the summers, she travelled through Europe and Asia, exploring and learning about those regions’ gastronomic delights. Before returning to Vancouver, Lesley completed her TESL certification in San Francisco and enjoyed a trip to the Napa Valley wineries. Lesley holds a Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and was the inaugural winner of the Vancouver Wine Festival’s prestigious Blind Tasting Challenge. When not continuing to develop her palate through her volunteer work as a VQA tasting panelist, Lesley hosts Doolin’s Irish Pub’s Women’s Drinking Club, teaches yoga, and sings in a gospel choir.

Personal favourite drink:

Hot sake in a hot bath

Favourite product to encourage customers try for the first time:

A Yamahai Sake

Charlene Tang, CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST

While Charlene might’ve had her first taste of beer from a sippy cup as a toddler, it took a road trip to Portland to truly solidify her passion for craft beer. The exposure to the vast array of styles, aromas and flavours has since kept her seeking for more (1500 distinctive beers and counting). Whether it’s at local tasting rooms and pubs, or on a bullet train traveling in Japan, you’ll be sure to see her chatting with someone about her favourite beverage. More recently, she’s also taken an interest in local artisanal hard ciders and Spanish sidras. Charlene loves encouraging customers to try something new, and hearing them report back on the experience. Knowing that they’ve discovered a new love brings her tremendous satisfaction. 

Personal favourite drink:

A well-balanced, dank or barnyardy IPA

Favourite product to encourage customers try for the first time:

Basque cider

Elise Yurkowski, Marketing and Events Coordinator

Throughout her childhood, Elise listened to countless of her dad’s stories about growing up in a family-owned liquor store in rural Manitoba. A degree in Communications and diploma in Public Relations later, Elise feels proud to follow in her father’s footsteps. Elise joined the Legacy team with a background in marketing, event planning and social media management. Originally from Alberta, she attended post-secondary at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Elise has a passion for making visions a reality when it comes to events - both large scale or boutique, and loves sharing innovative stories behind products and local happenings through social media. Elise lives for craft beer, the Vivino App, and all things outdoors.

Personal favourite drink:

Stout in the winter, Saison in the summer

Favourite product to encourage customers try for the first time:

All things Craft