It’s incredibly hard to believe that I have been intimately involved with the South African wine industry for over a decade, over a third of my life in fact! During that time, I have had the honor and privilege to work with some of the absolute best winemakers and their teams in South Africa and some of the best professionals in the United States. Joining, Ross Toombs and Meridian Prime after five years working with one of the best South African portfolio’s in the US at Cape Classics was an incredibly tough choice and one that I haven’t regretted for a second.
Building the Meridian Prime portfolio alongside Ross, Anna, and Patrick has thus far been my most thrilling and challenging professional accomplishment. Starting a company in any field is difficult, starting a wine importing business based in the world’s most difficult wine market, New York, and trying to convince people to buy wines from half a world away with names they can’t always pronounce could be looked at as foolish. But, the wine industry in South Africa is on fire, the producers we work with are brilliant, fun, boundary pushing leaders that will shape the dynamic industry for decades to come. They make it easy on us.
To be recognized for this hard work is an honor, but there are so many people from past and present that have taught me everything I know or supported Meridian Prime when we were new or took a chance on us when our word was all we had. There is a long and very challenging road ahead, but I’m humbled daily by the people I get to work with and I can’t wait to see what the next decade holds for Meridian Prime and the incredible South African wine industry!