A bottle of 1991 Vega Sicilia Unico. My fiancée bought it as a celebration
gift when I graduated from college. That's when I realized that wine was a really,
really cool thing.
It was so much fun working for him. We would open a large format bottle every night
and pour it by the glass. That gave me a chance to taste a lot of Burgundy,
off-vintage Bordeaux, things like imperials of 1975 Léoville-Las Cases and
my favorite of all, magnums of 2001 Thierry Allemand Reynard Cornas.
What I’m drinking right now is my homebrew. I have an IPA in the fridge. When you make a
batch, you end up with a lot of bottles, so when my friends come over, it's like MTV's
Cribs. I got started with that a year and a half ago. I thought, if I couldn't make wine,
why not make beer?
first somm job
I grew up in a really small town called Running Springs in the San Bernadino Mountains.
I basically just snowboarded and skateboarded all day. My grandma loved wine, and would
actually have me open the bottles of Woodbridge for her. Instead of paying rent, I opened
bottles for grandma.
For maps, the World Atlas of Wine is the greatest thing ever.
if you weren't a somm...
I would be a professional fisherman. I think it would be the greatest job ever. You
would be out on the water all day and just catch fish.