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Q&A with Rachel Woods, aka The Wine Nerd

Rachel Woods The Wine Nerd

Having worked in wine market research for a while I certainly appreciate an insightful and easy to understand data graphic and the hard work that goes into those.

That’s why I reached out to Rachel when one of her wine graphics popped-up in our Instagram feed to find out more about her wine and data passion and how she’s become “The Wine Nerd”.

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Q&A with Zoë Ladyman

Zoe Ladyman Akarua Wines

Today we’d love to introduce you to another inspiring and energetic woman in wine that’s worth watching: Zoë Ladyman, Domestic and International Sales Manager for Akarua Wines in Central Otago.

Find out more about her role and love affair with wine in the following Q&A:

What does a typical working day look like for you?

So varied! Lots of talking, tasting and spreading the good word of Akarua – whether I’m hosting visitors to the winery, out in our local region visiting our restaurant and retail customers; away in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch working with our local distributor, or off overseas visiting our importers and buyers.

Or I could be at my desk managing my budgets, forecasts and inbox…

When and why did you fall in love with wine?

When I first moved to Melbourne when I was 22 (I was born in Perth), got a waitressing job at a wonderful restaurant with a rich wine culture, started to learn about food and wine matching and took some courses with the Australian Sommelier’s Association – I fell straight down the rabbit hole and I’ve been falling ever since.

Zoe Ladyman Akarua Wines

If you were a wine, what wine would you be?

Really depends on the mood I’m in, the people I’m with, and what I’m eating. Today I’m Cru Beaujolais – let’s call it 2017 Domaine de la Grand’Cour Fleurie.

What’s your go-to wine at the moment?

Textural savoury whites and bright, crunchy reds. We’ve just released a single vineyard pinot noir from our 25 steps vineyard in Pisa – I’ve been enjoying that a lot lately!

Share a fact about yourself that only a few know

I half completed a physiotherapy degree – I dropped out before they could fail me. I did pass the massage component!

Things you still want to do – what’s on your bucket list?

Gosh so many things, join a choir, travel to all the tennis grand slams in a year, get dropped off by a helicopter at the top of a mountain and snowboard down, eat at Per Se in NYC, watch my children get married, hike the Routeburn…

Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?

Celeste Barber

Find out more about Zoë’s work at Akarua here and make sure you follow them on Instagram | Facebook & Twitter.

Meet Dave Sutton, Winemaker at Te Kano Estate

Dave Sutton Te Kano Estate

Dave Sutton is one of the driving forces behind the Lloyd family’s vision to create a sustainable estate that reflects Central Otago’s beauty and unpretentious quality of the land and lifestyle. As Te Kano’s Winemaker and General Manager, Dave not only crafts a range of premium Central Otago wines but has also been tasked to help leave a positive legacy for future generations of the Lloyd family.

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Meet Alice Rule, maker at 3Sixty2

Alice 3Sixty2

I’ve got a love-hate relationship with Instagram and recently read the perfect quote, well on Instagram of course: “Sometimes, when I’m feeling really overwhelmed, I like to sit back, take a deep breath, make a list of everything I need to do and then spend 3-4 hours looking at photos of complete strangers on Instagram!” It still makes me laugh really… Read More