Who I am

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For as long as I can remember I have always loved being the organiser, from coordinating presents for teachers to creating memorable nights out with the girls, I was always the one who made it happen – whatever “it” was!

A tee-totaller when I lived in the UK (I was born and bred in Yorkshire), I started getting into wine when I moved to Italy after graduating. In 2004 I started working for an agency that organised wine exhibitions in Asia. My wine knowledge was extremely limited – I knew I liked Sauvignon Blanc and not much more, but my fascination with the Far East lead me to accept the job.

I loved it. I had the opportunity to travel to places I would have never imagined and had experiences that I could never have dreamed of (managing a wine bar in the HQ of the Italian Olympic Team at the Beijing Olympics being one!). I also discovered that I really liked wine and everything it encompassed – and that I wanted to know more about it. This lead me to study first at the at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, qualify as a sommelier with the Italian Sommelier Asssociation, and then pass the WSET certificates in levels 2 and 3.

In those 7 years, I  realised that being able to see both the larger picture and the details was a real skill and  one that came naturally to me. I also loved the personal side of the work and quickly built up a large network of contacts and friends in many different countries.

After having lived for ten years in Italy and  just over two years in Belgium, I relocated to Munich in March 2013. This city was to be much more of a challenge than anywhere else I had lived (I spoke no German when I arrived) but with each month I felt more at home and confident in what I could do in this beautiful city.

I now spend my days organising promotional events and campaigns for wine regions and my nights creating social events involving wine, food and friends. Having lived in 4 different countries (I also lived in France too), I know that these three ingredients are a great way to survive expat life.

When I’m not working (which is quite rare I admit), you’ll find me in the nearby mountains with my husband and daughter or organising events and activities for the Women Entrepreneurs of Munich community.

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