A bit of background for you…
France was always my dream. As far back as the age of 6 I can remember wanting to live in France and speak the language. As it turned out I would have to wait until my late twenties before I would get to visit for the first time, and my early inclinations were proven to be correct. I settled in Paris at the turn of the millennium and haven’t looked back since.
Education: My wine education began informally in the supermarket. In France, and in particular Paris, even the smallest stores tend to offer a wide choice of styles and regions. When you’re ready to make a more informed choice, the individual merchants here are incredibly well informed and are excellent at offering guidance for any budget. As my interest grew, I sought out more formal routes to expansion of my knowledge through coursework at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London. As part of my ongoing quest I am currently obtaining a Masters degree in International Wine and Spirit Commerce through the business school in Dijon.
Today: Wine is my greatest passion. I love everything about it – the culture; the landscape of the vines; the smells, whether from a dank centuries-old cellar, a newly disgorged vintage champagne, or just a basic wine in my glass; and more than anything, I love meeting the people behind the bottles. The winemakers I work with are among the most down-to-earth, generous people I have ever known. The more I learn about what goes into the bottle, the more I realize the art behind the science. It’s intoxicating.
Pour yourself a glass and join me on my journey of discovery through the world of French wine. Cheers!