Editor's Note: This was supposed to publish last Thursday while I was on the road, but due to a computer glitch, we're getting it up today.
What do you do at K&L?
I am the Assistant Manager in Hollywood. I was hired in February 2007 to help open the sexiest and most exciting wine store in the Los Angeles area!
What did you do before you started here?
I was the manager of the Los Angeles Wine Company for six years and I was a manager at Wally’s for two years before that.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to cook for my friends, dance Argentine tango and excessively watch movies and TV.
What’s your favorite movie?
About a Boy starring Hugh Grant.
What was your “epiphany wine?”
It was a Dr. Fischer Kabinett I tried at a wine class in college. When I tasted it everything came into focus for me. The wine was probably a little flabby, the sweetness appealing to my soda pop palate, but the romance of wine shined through and it definitely spoke to me. Each time I taste the Franck Bonville Cuvée Les Belles Voyes I have the feeling that I got when I tried the Fischer.
Describe your perfect meal. What wine(s) would you pair with it?
I would love to have dinner at Urusawa in Beverly Hills with lots of Champagne and Burgundy. Otherwise, I’d love a homemade cheesesteak with red peppers, onions and mushrooms served with the 1991 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
How do you think your palate has changed over the years?
I definitely started out loving bold flavored, New World wines, but I have become much more of a Francophile over the years. I love Bordeaux, Champagne, the Loire and Rhône Valleys.
What do you like to drink?
A little bit of everything. I enjoy beer, cocktails and wine, of course. I love Loire Valley whites and German Rieslings for my daily drinking.
What words of advice do you have to offer people just getting into wine?
Don’t be intimidated. It seems like you need vast knowledge to truly enjoy wine, but you don’t! My experience started with a $10 wine.
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would you invite?
Abraham Lincoln—something solid and well built like Bordeaux, maybe a Latour. Billy Wilder—something precocious and charming like a Donnhoff Riesling. Ernest Hemingway—single malts and rye whisky (and lots of it!)
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