My love of wine came from my time in hospitality, the peak of which was managing a wine bar in Australia called Benchmark. The foundation of my training from the sommelier owner there was delivered with a new world perspective, but with a healthy dose of South African, Italian and Spanish styles as well. This somewhat reflects my favourite styles, but I love all the big reds from around the world. And Champagne. Lots and lots of champagne. I also love motorbike adventures and the beach.
I've had an interest in wine ever since the age of 2, I blame the parents; well.. my Dad mostly, twas he that filled my beaker up! I don't have a particular favourite but if pushed I'd say Italian reds. I'll tend to drink what ever I'm in the mood for at the time or match it up to a meal. Also really partial to the odd pint or two of real ale & craft beers.
Having come from a family of passionate wine drinkers, it's fair to say I have wine in my blood... most days anyway. When I'm not happily cooking away with a large glass of chardonnay, I can usually be found in the man-cave cooking up some spicy electronic music.
I love my wines, especially a good South African Chenin Blanc, and also motorbike touring...but obviously not at the same time!