After spending the first twenty years of my working career as a corporate accountant I decided to pursue my passions of food and wine by doing more than just eating and drinking. After some time in the restaurant business as part-owner and executive chef of Peabody’s, I transitioned to the retail management side of wine and spirits and in 2010 I found a home at Gates Circle Wine & Liquor. I’m knowledgeable in many areas of oenology and viticulture, and I take pride in being able to share this knowledge by hosting monthly Wine Education classes for our customers at the beginning of each year. My favorite wines come from Italy so if you’re looking for Amarone or Barolo, don’t hesitate to ask.
I started my tenure at Gates with an already great appreciation for bourbon, and you can find me staring longingly at that section of the store whenever I’m not gesturing wildly at Port and Zinfandel to convince you fine people to buy as much of it as you can carry. Though bourbon will always be my first love, I must admit that I’ve found myself straying of late. Spirits of all stripes have a way of enticing me, in addition to the previously mentioned fortified and jammy reds. If I’m holding a glass, you can bet there’s something bold and powerful inside. When it comes to cocktails and wine regions, I stick to the classics. If you’re looking for the right hooch to drown olives in a world-beating gin martini, or something old school and Italian, I’ll be around. Ask away.
I love to drink water. I love cuddles and licking people’s faces. I love BACON and eggs on Sundays. I protect Mommy. She calls me pupper dupper #2. Pupper Dupper #1 is my brother, Ash.