restaurants and bars
WINE LIST DESIGN
From scratch or review and re-write - I'll choose wine appropriate and fitting for your venue, your clientele and your menu. Equal attention to budgets, dreams and practicalities. I have strong experience in this area and have developed great relationships with suppliers and distributors around NZ. Having multiple years of experience working with sake I can also incorporate this amazing drink into your offering.
FOOD & BEV MATCHING
Working closely with your chef I can choose exciting and diverse beverages to match your menu - for one off events or ongoing degustation/tasting menus. Wine, sake, beer and spirits are all possibilities!
Spreading the good word about wine and beverage is one of my favourite things to do. Drawing from my education in the WSET program I have developed my own style for training staff about the beverages they work with - hopefully inspiring them to excel in their role in beverage sales. From beginners through to your more experienced staff, we'll focus on understanding how to effectively communicate about wine to the guest.
ADVICE ON WINE STORAGE AND CELLARING
Having over 10 years working in restaurants and bars means I have seen systems that work and ones that don't. Let me help you streamline your wine storage so that all beverage can go out in its optimum condition.
I can liaise with your chosen caterer to arrange interesting, high-quality beverages for your work functions - whether this be a staff party or an important lunch meeting with clients.
Sourcing and putting together appropriate wine-related gifts for your corporate clients. Possibilities are endless - choosing from wine that is on a scale from fun and on trend right up to fine, rare wine.
WINE TASTING EVENTS
Add a little fun to your team building events or office parties. I will do all organization and set up for the tasting, buy the wines to suit your budget and give your staff or clients the tools to impress at your next high-profile business dinner.
Liasing with your caterer and yourself to provide an exciting and memorable beverage package for your special event. Beverage matching within your budget to impress your friends and family - guaranteed to show you something new, interesting and without doubt delicious! I am also available to help run the event on the day, provide sommelier services and/or staff organisation (so you don't have to!)
WINE CELLAR DEVELOPMENT
Let me connect you with all the right people to help develop your personal wine cellar. I can source a product you've previously enjoyed, help you explore new wines and regions and take you to meet some of the movers and shakers in the wine import business. I can also physically assess your cellar space and help to make sure you are storing your wines in the best way possible.
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HIRE ME FOR A ONE-OFF EVENT
I've worked in the wonderful hospitality industry for all of my adult life. From fast and furious, trendy share-plate restaurants, to Japanese fine-dining, to dimly-lit cocktail and wine bars. The one thing I take home every day is that if I managed to transport someone from their average day to a place of pleasure, exploration, travel through flavour and relaxation then I've done a good thing. Presentation of the right wine, at the right time, at the right temperature and with the right food is a big part of making this happen! I'm available to provide this service for you, your family and friends or your clients for one-off events. I'll work closely with you and how you envisage the event to make sure we pull it off to the highest standard. I can also be available to restaurants and bars putting on special events.