Co-founder, CEO, and Head Chef
I am the co-founder of The Wine Company and currently it’s CEO. I believe the wine business offers a retailer, a restaurateur or a distributor the opportunity to create for themselves a fulfilling life’s work providing their clients a stimulating, accessible way to live life more fully. This ideal and its execution is beautiful in its simplicity. Wine is not the Holy Grail; it’s just what you pour into it.
Yes there are regions I prefer, but “mature wines” is the most precise answer as what do I like to drink. In our business one is necessarily tasting young wines, often wines that aren’t even finished. Mature wines close the loop. I relax, take a deep breath and remember the line “slow down, you move too fast.”
Probably the most important thing I bring to the table is perspective. This business has attracted very wine savvy people at every level; most much younger than I. When we taste together all speak credibly to acids, tannins, minerality, phenolics and all that. What Paul Daggett and I can do is comment on wines within the context of many previous vintages tasted.
I haven’t a pet for many years but there are plenty of dogs around the office to wrestle, chase and play tug-o’-war. Of course, there is the Pooka, but Henry is more of a companion than a pet.
My wife of 40+ years and I have two grown sons of whom I am very proud; one of them has given us our first Grandchild, Colette.
I like to read; periodicals and books, occasionally tea leaves and old bones. I like to travel. I visit lots of galleries and museums; even have a recurring dream about this but that is beyond the scope of this profile. I’m happiest in Burgundy; I love the wines and the food.