Earlier this year The Drop hosted a Wine School Workshop on Sydney’s Central Coast at Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant, Woy Woy. The family-owned waterfront restaurant has been awarded a glass by both the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine.
The Wine School Workshop was hosted by a talented group of sommeliers from Vintage & Vine, led by Michaela Clayton and Nick Bath.
There are 4 video modules in the workshop and all videos are available for Drop Members in the Members Only Section after log-in. The modules cover Food & Wine Matching, Dining Trends, Wine List Compilation & Costing and Wine Regions.
With so many new Drop members lately, that we thought it a timely reminder to explore the Members Only library section where most of our back content is stored.
A bit about our Wine School presenters:
Michaela is one of Sydney’s Top sommeliers and is a past winner of SMH Sommelier of the Year. She’s worked as a sommelier at some very notable restaurants including Ampersand (3 hats, wine list of the year); Canard Bistro Double Bay (2 hats, 1 Glass Gourmet Traveller Wine); Tetsuya’s MJU Restaurant in London; Bilson’s Radisson Plaza (3 hats and 3 wine glasses from Gourmet Traveller). In 2014 Michaela became Dame Chevalier l’ordre des coteaux de Champagne, which means she is one of a very select group of people in the world endorsed by the great French Champagne houses. Michaela currently works with international wine importer, Vintage and Vine and consults with many businesses on their wines and wine list.
Nick worked in Hotel Management in London before moving into Liquor Retail Management with Bottoms Up which at the time was the largest retail liquor group in the UK. He then became National Sales Director for Paragon Vintners, London owned by Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Baron Phillippe de Rothschild, and Gonzalez-Byass. He was appointed Export Manager for North America and Asia for Tyrell’s wines before becoming Nick is General Manager for Vintage and Vine. He is also a Chevalier l’ordre des Coteaux de Champagne as well as a Confreres des Vins d’ Alsace.
After a long career in the corporate world, Ross became a founding partner in a Hunter Valley wine business where he honed his skills in the world of wine – a passion for all his adult life. Ross has been working for Vintage & Vine for the past ten years and has great wine knowledge and tasting skills.
Andy runs Buzz wines a company that offers interactive corporate wine tastings and training from novice through to expert level. He’s been involved in the wine industry his entire working life – building and managing vineyards, making wine and developing new brands in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Recruited by the Fosters Group in 2007 and became their National Wine Specialist. He then came to work for Vintage & Vine before developing Buzz Wines as a specialist business, focusing on greater wine knowledge and education as a team building tool for businesses.