Dan O'Connell - Sales
My love of food and wine was born out of my experiences running restaurants and bars all across the country. After settling back in Adelaide I have had the opportunity to taste literally thousands of new wines, both on the winedirect.com.au Tasting Panel to help select the wines we stock and as a wine judge for Wine Showcase Magazine. But it’s not all sitting around sampling wine – perhaps the best part of this gig is chatting to customers about the sorts of wine they like, or the meals they’re planning, and recommending some stunning vino - building quality relationships with customers through making solid recommendations has been my mantra. I have a strong liking of delicious McLaren Vale reds, especially Cabernet, Shiraz and Grenache. When it comes to whites, I have strayed a little from the norm and gone for a good Marsanne, Viognier, RMV blend or a stunning Chardy. Getting to come to work and sample stunning wines from SA, all over Australia and even Europe, judge them with the rest of the winedirect.com.au Tasting Panel and then pass on my experiences and recommendations to customers and friends is very rewarding work! (sitting at your desk with a stunning glass of red is not a bad way to make a coin too!)
Don't do it Dan - the camera is not a spitoon... Don't do it Dan - the camera is not a spitoon...

These are a few of my favourite things...

Favourite Food? Chimichurri with a medium rare Argentinian steak
Wine Du Jour? McLaren Vale (Unoaked) Grenache
Preferred Music? 90s Alternative
And to Relax? Sport and more sport