Over the past 28 years I have created many opportunities and had the pleasure to meet, learn and work with some of the world’s most passionate and talented winemakers, viticulturists, chefs, restaurateurs and retailers. For nearly 20 years, I have consulted and made wine in New Zealand, Australia, Italy and France. Over the same period, sharing what I have learnt with others, hosting tastings, wine classes and bespoke chef’s dinners alike. Along with being asked to be the ambassador for over 70 wine brands from around the world.
During this time - I have received generous feedback, comments and acknowledgements about my passion, dedication and contribution to the industry. The following are a collection of the most recent acknowledgments from respected industry leaders around the world.

 

Wine Education:

The world of wine is fascinating, intriguing, captivating and very rewarding. There are few greater pleasures in life than opening a bottle of wine you carefully selected yourself - (or even better, you have cellared patiently for a number of years) and enjoying it with good food and friends.
However, it can also be an intimidating and confusing subject - as the sheer number of wines and styles available on our retail shelves and wine-lists in New Zealand has never been greater. It can be a process of great confusion selecting the right wine for the right occasion and pairing it with such varied cuisine.

 

Lighter, Medium & Fuller-Style White Wine Class - Introductory Level:

This 1½ hour wine session offers a brief (but broad and insightful) look into ‘Lighter, Medium and Fuller-Style White Wines’ from around the world. The wine class starts by looking at the different physical characteristics of grapes varietals and then different production techniques used to express these.
Then we look at the unique regions and conditions from which they are grown. Then looking at colour, styles, palate structure, flavour profiles and level of alcohol in these diverse, character filled white wines. We will also explore the influence of different cultures, traditions, and of course the important process of food and wine pairing with a range of white wines.

 

Lighter, Medium & Sparkling Rosé Wine Class - Introductory Level:

This 1½ hour wine session offers a brief (but broad and insightful) look into ‘Lighter, Medium and Sparkling Rosé Wines’ from around the world. The wine class starts by looking at the different physical characteristics of grapes varietals used and then different production techniques used to produce rosé wines.
We look at climate and regional / seasonal cuisine influences. Then looking at colour, styles, palate structure, flavour profiles and level of alcohol in these diverse, vibrant rosé wines. We will also explore the influence of different cultures, traditions, and of course the important process of food and wine pairing with a range of rosé wines.