I explore the world through wine and write about the people, places, food and wine that I'm lucky to discover along the way.
When I started City Wine Merchant in 2009, I did it to create amazing experiences, connect people, explore the world, and help people to drink better wine. I was very fortunate to grow up with parents who recognized the joys of seeing the world and sharing good wine with family and friends. Wine has been a part of just about every significant memory in my life.
I spent a decade as a lawyer living the law firm life. I forgot to slow down, be present, and enjoy the beautiful things that life has to offer. I made the jump and I've had profound life experiences with wine makers, grape growers, importers, retailers, dentists, architects, professors, bankers, who all find something special in wine. I continue to learn and grow from each of them, and there remains something very special about sharing a bottle of wine with someone you enjoy being around, no matter how many times you've done it before.
Enjoying wine is simple really. All great wine has a sense of place. What makes it special is the land it comes from and the people who create it. I started this site to share some of the amazing places, people and wines I discover. Enjoying better wine and exploring the world has never been easier. I hope my stories and tips help you to do both, slow down and find balance.