The Cellar Team
What’s your background?
I have restaurants in my blood, both sides of my family have a strong history in cooking, it isn’t a surprise that I had a natural following to the restaurant biz. In 2012 after a brief stint working at The Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill I decided it was time switch sides from restaurants to retail.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue the wine industry?
My first trial shift at the Crazyweed restaurant in Canmore, the owner handed me a glass poured out of a brown bag. My first ever blind tasting. Instinctually I looked at the color (even though I had NO idea the correct process) and I ended up getting a job! I guess I was a natural!
What is the most memorable wine you have ever tasted?
Three years ago I managed to taste about a half an ounce of Ducru Beaucaillou 2005, either that or Veuve Cliquot Grand Dame 2006 Rose. I can’t choose, it’s like comparing apples to oranges.
What do you drink on the weekend?
Bubbles are a must! One bottle per weekend minimum.
Cocktail of Choice?
The little old lady in me loves a good Manhattan
Beer of Choice?
Russian River Brewing Company Concecration, or anything barrel aged by Almanac, it’s a shame we cant get them here in Calgary. My dad lives in California so I fill my suitcase whenever I visit.
Spirit of Choice?
Gin! All kinds…
If you could only drink one style of wine for the rest of your life what would it be?
What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Eat out, we love to try new places. Doggie walks along the Bow River with my Carlin Pincher Gus (I am obsessed with Gus). Hang out with my Husband and kitty cat Coco. Camping on the weekend (it’s really more like drinking in the woods), Gus loves to dig holes.
What would you buy if you won the lottery?
Mercedes G Class, case (or 2, how many millions?) of Veuve Cliquot Grand Dame Rose, and a cabin on a lake.
Originally from Sydney, Australia. In Classic Aussie form I found my way to Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort and fell in love with Skiing. After a long stint in Vancouver, I decided to pick up and move to Alberta.
What’s have you been up to?
Armed with Aussie Chef papers, and a desire to explore the West Coast, I began with several years of working in hotels and the booming film industry in Vancouver. I’ve always had passion and enthusiasm for wine. I took several wine programs and travelled to wine regions, eventually I graduated with the Sommelier Diploma from The International Sommelier Guild.
Why the wine industry?
I’ve always had deep enthusiasm for history, ancient civilizations and where concepts originated. As a Chef I was always naturally drawn to wine and how it interacted with food. This led me to pursing the Sommelier diploma. In my current role I get to research, explore and taste wines every day. Learning further about wine estates, their history and even meet wine makers, it’s an amazingly awesome position!
What is the best wine you have ever had?
How to choose?! There are many but if I had to pick it would be a Vintage Champagne or a Grand Cru Burgundy… they are just heaven to me.
What is the best meal you have ever had?
In 2017 travelling to Ubud, in Bali Indonesia with my partner, we experienced a life changing 10 course degustation dinner which included an equally incredible 8 course pre dinner amuse -bouche. It was all centred on local and seasonal Indonesian ingredients. It was created by a world class Danish chef that held a residence in a nearby town.
What is your favourite cocktail?
A Boulvardier will do it, thank you…
What is your Favourite spirit?
A delicious Bourbon or a beautiful XO Cognac
What do you get up to outside of work?
Reveling in the great outdoors, skiing it up in the winter, racing in half marathons during the remainder of the year. I’ll throw in bit of biking and yoga to chill me out. I appreciate the arts, theatre, music movies, and can’t leave out lots of travel especially exploring the dining scene wherever I am.
What’s up now?
I want to constantly keep learning about this beautiful world of wine, perhaps take on a wine masters program… some day. Eventually visit all the mystifying and entrancing wine regions of the world.