I hail from Melbourne, Australia - a city that truly loves it's food and wine. And so do I. It makes me happy in so many ways. Sometimes I am even just happy smelling the stuff. I love the celebration of it with food, with friends and family, or for it's own sake. I appreciate the heart and soul of it's place in the history of the world, and it's never ending weave through the culture and fabric of life.
For as long as I can remember, my life has largely focussed around this passion. Beginning in Australia I worked at such places as the famous Lake House in Daylesford as Assistant Sommelier, and high-end boutique Australian producer Ten Minutes by Tractor. Heading to French terrain, I was the Sommelier at the renown One&Only Le Saint Geran in Mauritius, including at Alain Ducasses' 'Spoon' where I became the group's top selling Sommelier worldwide. I spent further time working for Alan Ducasse in the Luberon in Provence, France (and running all over the country tasting wine in my spare time) whilst gaining a distinction in my WSET Level 3. I've travelled through many countries including France, Spain, South Africa and Italy with a focus on wine tasting and meeting numerous winemakers.
I am currently based in the middle east as the Head Sommelier at Zuma, a renown Isakaya style restaurant. Having recently earned it's place in the coveted S.Pellegrino 100 Best Restaurants in the World, I am constantly working hard expanding their international wine list. In conjunction to this I am finishing my Level 4 WSET, working towards my Masters in 2013, have recently gained my Sake Sommelier qualification in London, as well as speaking at various seminars and conferences. Phew.
The best bit is that I am still learning and growing – it never stops.
You can visit me at my blog - In the Glass - a place where I talk my wine stuff. As well as my public speaking, I also run private classes on wine appreciation, as well as consulting on commercial wine lists and residential cellars. If you would like to contact me on any of these things drop me a line, or even if you have a simple wine question or general feedback I would also love to hear from you.
I hope you enjoy. Cheers!