He says he’s a little “Lush” and a lot “Bold” when it comes to our wines styles and between his day job, dining out with his wife and getting outdoors with his dog, Kevin still manages to find time to be on our part-time roster! He’s equipped with industry knowledge and extensive “personal research”, especially in BC wine and is eager to help you find something new to try.
VS: How did your journey into wine start?
KM: I was running a grocery store in Canmore and burning out. The opportunity came to open and manage a brand new wine shop so I took a two year sabbatical that has now become a lifelong obsession.
VS: Wine is just a side gig for you, what do you love so much about selling wine that keeps you interested in coming in – even after a long day at your day job?
KM: I love variety and will try anything once. My favorite thing to do is to help a customer try something new to them, whether it’s a different wine varietal or a country’s wine that they’ve never experienced.
VS: Your day job, working with the Calgary Fire Department – what do you enjoy most about it?
KM: As I’m responsible for the Scheduling team at the Fire Department, I work closely with the Chief’s to ensure operational readiness 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Forecasting and planning training for 1300 people is challenge that keeps me on my toes.
VS: Your love for wine runs seriously deep, you even named your dog after the infamous, Brunello de Montalcino. Why did you choose that name?
KM: We knew we wanted a wine themed name and wanted something original. Brunello is definitely a favorite wine, and he’s a brown beast so it stuck. He prefers to be called Bruno though.
VS: You’re a seasoned veteran of BC wine country, what are your favourite places to visit?
KM: We make an annual trip to Penticton and visit several wineries on the Naramata Bench, Okanagan Falls and Oliver. Some favorites are La Frenz, Meyer Family Vineyards and Le Vieux Pin.
VS: Are there any wineries you haven’t been to but can’t wait to get to?
KM: I’d say exploring the wineries of Tuscany in general is at the top of my list.
VS: So far this year, what has been your favourite bottle of wine you’ve had?
KM: We recently drank a 2009 Le Vieux Pin Syrah that we’d been sitting on for 5 years and it was fantastic.
VS: Your wife, Alison works for OpenTable, you must be well informed about all the top places to dine in the city, what’s your favourite haunt these days?
KM: Alison’s territory includes most of Western Canada so she has extensive knowledge of our dining scene. In Calgary, Avec Bistro is my favorite, but overall the Eagle’s Eye restaurant at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain is my happy place.
VS: When you’re not at your day job, or working a shift at the shop, what do you enjoy doing?
KM: We love the outdoors and spend as much time as we can skiing, hiking and camping in the mountains. Bruno loves it too, but has been known to pick fights with moose and bears. (He’s got looks, not brains.)
VS: You’re an Ottawa native – what do you miss most about living there?
KM: This is where I have to say family so I don’t look like a jerk. But I’ll add that I’m a huge Senators fan and miss seeing them in person.
VS: Now that Calgary is home, what do you love most about living here?
KM: The food and wine scene and being so close to the mountains make Calgary a perfect home.
VS: Where is your dream wine country destination?
KM: If we had unlimited time, we’d take a month and explore all the wine regions of Spain. We honeymooned in Madrid and fell in love with the food, wine and culture.
VS: How would be people describe you in one sentence?
KM: They’d probably say I’m always looking for a new adventure.
VS: Last, but not least – which one of our wine styles best represents your personality, why?
KM: My hobby makes me a “Lush”, but I’d probably say Bold as I’m opinionated and have a big mouth. Hence, my promise to Alison to not discuss politics at social gatherings.