Having previously worked as a professional flute player and an IT project manager, I have more recently immersed myself in the world of wine, gaining the WSET Diploma and becoming a WSET Certified Educator in 2015.
Growing up in New Zealand and living in the US, UK, Spain and Australia has provided numerous occasions to visit many of the great wine regions of the world. I am increasingly drawn to smaller producers who are pushing the boundaries of wine making and I enjoy finding and recommending these boutique producers and their wine.
In 2013 I moved to Hong Kong and founded the Happy Wine Woman, providing a range of consulting services to wine industry clients in the areas of management, business process and education. A return to Melbourne in 2015 saw a continuation of these activities in addition to teaching WSET and wine appreciation classes, running the HWW Wine Club and writing for various publications, including the Halliday Wine Companion Magazine.
July 2016 marked the first in a series of episodes I will record with Elizabeth Schneider of US-based podcast Wine for Normal People focussing on wines from Australia and New Zealand.
Further studies have included completing the Rhône Master-Level Certificate with the Wine Scholar Guild where I was awarded the highest honours at the final exam. I was also awarded the HKIWSC Scholarship for gaining the highest WSET Diploma mark in Asia for 2015 and in October 2016 I used that scholarship to spend a month visiting wineries and vineyards in Chile and Argentina.