Pip Anderson, Hospitality Operations Manager at MONA
|I JOINED THE COMMITTEE TO:
Create a welcoming space of round table discussions including sommeliers, winemakers, cellar door and hospitality staff; to open conversations about wine and wine education, and how we see the Tasmanian landscape evolving.
|MY BACKGROUND IS:
I was a chef for 10 years in my previous life (Charlie Trotter was my neighbour growing up in Chicago). I jumped head first into the Sommelier Course at Ryde Tafe, followed by WSET, all the way through Diploma to Educator.I spent four formative years at Merivale working with Franck Moreau to learn the art of sales, the elegance in service and wine, and the importance of education – all critical foundations of being a sommelier.Moving to Tasmania to continue my education, I dipped my toe into vineyard work, but landed quite proudly where I belong now at MONA, immersed in art, food, and an incredible collection of wines, plus Moorilla, Domaine A & Moo brew as our house brands.So, who wants a job in Tassie?
|MY MOTTO IS:
Empathy, Education, Enjoyment
|MY ROLE MODEL:
Gill Gordon-Smith. One of the first Qantas flying sommeliers, an incredible and inspiring career as a sommelier, WSET Educator, Italian Wine Specialist, winemaker (Fall from Grace). I am humbled to have worked with her in the 2019 WCA Mentorship program, and call her my friend.
|THE PERFECT MEAL WOULD BE:
Steak Frites and Chablis (I have said it before and will continue to do so) and Felix Bistro’s Apple Tarte Tartin. with …deep breath…. sommeliers who inspire me and I am fortunate to call friends… Sam Payne, Shanteh Wong, Kavita Faiella, Emma Farrelly, Leanne Altmann, Louella Mathews, Penny Grant, Dynae Wood, Amanda Yallop, Kim Bickley, Gabrielle Webster, Franck Moreau, Adrian Filiuta, Chris Morrison, Alex Kirkwood, John Mackinnon, Bryce Faiella, Richard Healy, Alexis Rojat, Dan Simms, Ben Moechtar, Seamus Brandt, Xavier Vigier, Mark Reginato, Liam O’Brien, Andreas Infimo, Ian Trinkle AND all the long list of wonderful wine distributors and wicked winemakers out there!
|MY GREATEST INDULGENCE IS:
1946 Chateau d’Yquem… suspicious cork, considered it spent, it was in fact in perfect condition. And a 1934 Niepoort Port with my dad for his 80th Birthday- Birth Year Wines are the BEST!
Photo: Photo bombing Dan Sims and John Mackinnon