What’s your position at K&L and how long have you been with the company?
I’m the assistant manager and domestic liaison in Redwood City, and I write the Northwest Corner article for the newsletter. I’ve been with K&L for about three and a half years.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to cook, which mostly means grilling now that it’s summer, and in the winter means anything out of the slow cooker. Otherwise I just enjoy spending a relaxing day in the park with my wife Amelia, having a picnic lunch and reading.
What’s your favorite movie?
I’d have to go with the Big Sleep—no matter how many times I see it, I love the dialogue, like General Sternwood’s description of how he drank brandy: “...used to like mine with Champagne. Champagne cold as Valley Forge and with about three ponies of brandy under it...” Which, by the way, is damn good if you’ve never tried it.
Describe your perfect meal.
I know it may sound a bit dull to some, but I love to split a huge porterhouse with Amelia, maybe with a big pile of fries and some truffle aioli, followed by anything that comes with ice cream on the side. Of course, nothing goes better with a juicy steak than a delicious Cabernet or Merlot blend from Walla Walla or Red Mountain, ideally from one of my favorites like Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Cadence, DeLille, K Vintners, or one of Morrison Lane’s great wines (which would require a trip to Walla Walla to get).
How do you think your palate’s changed over the years?
I think the biggest change is that it has expanded to include so much more than I ever had been exposed to in the past. Working at K&L has allowed me to find so many things that I enjoy that I would have otherwise never have taken a chance on, like Vin Jaune or Côt from Touraine.
What do you like to drink?
I really tend to drink predominately domestic wines, probably about equally split between Oregon Pinot Noir and Bordeaux-style blends and Syrahs from Washington and California. And bubbles whenever possible.
What words of advice do you have to offer people just getting into wine?
Ask for recommendations from a shop you trust, attend tastings whenever possible and take notes. I think that the note-taking is especially helpful because it forces you to think about the wine and what specifically you like or dislike about it, which then helps you when you’re shopping for the next wine to try.