I discovered my love of the grape in my early 20s while working as a wine steward in a restaurant in New Zealand. The wine industry in NZ back then was really in its infancy compared with today and so what was on offer was very limited. The Pinot Noir revolution was years away, and the Central Otago and Hawkes Bay regions had yet to start any major production of quality wine.
I started buying imported French and Spanish wines at auctions and exploring the differences between the various varietals and winemaking styles that are so different in Europe than the Antipodes.
I was lucky enough to be trained as a chef in London when I was 18. I remain a committed foodie enjoying paring wine with great food and challenging the old standards of Red with red and White with white. I love that wine is a living, changing thing that, if treated right, will evolve and delight - from young, fresh modern creations to the aged, silky smooth, long palate styles.
Wine has been a passion for nearly 30 years now, I look forward to sharing that passion with you.
These are a few of my favourite things...
|Favourite Food?||South East Asian (including indian), Seafood and anything cooked over coals|
|Wine Du Jour?||Barbera, Montepulciano, Grüner Veltliner|
|Preferred Music?||90s House and trance, Punk Rock, 70s Rock, Stiff Little Fingers, Smith Street Band, Ben Harper, Tash Sultana, Temper Trap...|
|And to Relax?||Music, Organic gardening, Cooking & Entertaining|