Meet Teresa! She’s the latest addition to our wonderful Vine Styles team. Read on to see where this fashion-savvy, quick witted, WSET-holding woman would love to work a harvest. She has even expertly paired wine and clothing…
VS: How did your journey into the wine industry begin?
TM: With a single inebriated step….
VS: When you took your WSET courses, what did you find most challenging? Most rewarding?
TM: The WSET is a tremendous program, with encyclopedic instructors. Cliché to say, but the sheer volume of information and the sampling opportunities were the biggest rewards. By far, the most challenging aspect was to keep my cluster of tasting glasses intact in the face of a general lack of coordination.
VS: What is your most memorable wine moment?
TM: As has been quipped before: it’s like the 60s – if you can remember it, you weren’t really there.
VS: You also work at Luna Blue (a clothing boutique on 14th Street), how do you find clothes and wine pair?
TM: Insofar as both couture and wine go, there will always be the classics, trends, old favourites, innovations, and the occasional ‘What were they thinking?!’ Though, ultimately, personal preferences and palate are what dictate a successful ensemble or glass of vino.
As to pairings- I’d recommend a wool cardigan with Cab Sauv., a little black dress with Pinot Noir, a wedge heel with Sauv. Blanc and, of course, Champagne and unmentionables.
VS: If you had a chance to work harvest, anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
TM: The slopes of the Mosel in Germany, Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Southern Rhone, the Douro in Portugal, anywhere in Burgundy they would let me near the grapes…The terrain, history, harvesting techniques and culture would make any of them an incredible experience. When it comes down it, I’d be thrilled with anyplace that would encourage traditional stomping of fruit…the U-Pick farm was far less understanding.
VS: What is your dream job?
TM: I get to work surrounded by wine and amazing people, I might already have my dream job.
VS: What are you most proud of?
TM: I’m most proud of the people in my life, my family and friends. Even on the most challenging of days, I’m reassured that I must be doing something right to be surrounded by such incredible, generous and loving people.
VS: Christmas is just days away, what is your favourite holiday tradition?
TM: I can always rely on my mother for our yuletide tradition. She sends copious amounts of holiday baking my way and, after unconvincingly and unsuccessfully, trying to resist, I gain many delicious pounds. The accompanying family eggnog recipe is not for faint heart…or open flame.
VS: A lot of people can’t wait for 2016 to be over – what are you looking forward to most in 2017?
Another year, another vintage!
VS: What are you favourite restaurants to eat at in Calgary?
TM: There are so many great restaurants in Calgary but my favourites include: Cassis, Vero Bistro, Proof, Brasserie, Sugo, and the Wildrose Brewery Taproom. Actually, as long as there’s good company, any watering hole will do!
VS: Which one our wine styles represents you best, and why?
TM: I wish I could narrow it down to just one but, much like Calgary weather, if you wait five minutes my style is liable to change.