When did you start with the company:
Notable previous employment:
Cellar intern: Carrick Winery, Bannockburn
Harvest intern: Wiengut Netzl, Goettlesbrunn, Austria; Anton Bauer Winery, Wagram, Austria
Wine Director, Northside Social, Arlington, Virginia
What do you most enjoy sharing with guests? And why?
Wines, of course! Wines carry a story. They speak uniquely of a place and a moment in time that can never be replicated. And they speak of the people whose passion is has gone into each bottle. When I open a bottle of wine, it’s an opportunity to transport our guests to that place and time; to bring them into that story.
And with a cellar that boasts one of the most extensive collection of wines from New Zealand, I have the opportunity to share a snapshot of this incredible country with our guests in every glass.
What is your favourite travel experience? And why?
I have taken every opportunity possible to drive the length and breadth of New Zealand’s two Islands, exploring every small town, every coast, every mountain track, forest and vineyard possible, and I still feel as though I’ve barely scratched the surface!
Exploring the North Island, certainly my most memorable experience was watching the sun set over the convergence of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean at Cape Rienga, and understanding the deep spiritual significance of the place to the Maori people.
Exploring the South Island, one of my most distinct and cherished memories was driving through Arthur’s Pass from the east coast to the west coast and suddenly coming upon Castle Hill, a naturally formed garden of limestone monoliths, which from a distance, look like an ancient castle ruin high up in the hills. Walking amongst the surreally shaped boulders felt like secretly walking through the sculpture garden of a giant. I felt like a child; at once totally free and awe-struck by the sheer beauty and artistry of nature. I watched the sunset here, too, as winter crept its frosty way through the south island; vivid, stark and achingly pure.