Like many students, Meg Abbott-Walker first dipped her toes into hospitality work in Wellington to fund her studies, but by 2005 she had turned it into a full-time career when she gained a love for the fast-paced and vibrant restaurant life.
Following a move to Melbourne, Meg’s eyes were opened to the beauty of sake and wine while working at restaurants including when Nobu, Ichi Ni Izakaya and Gigibaba, before becoming sake sommelier and assistant sommelier at Andrew McConnell’s Golden Fields.
In her current role, since 2013, as sommelier and beverage manager at “Masu by Nic Watt” at Skycity in Auckland, she has created one of the country’s largest sake lists and a wine list celebrating New Zealand wine.
Meg is studying for a diploma with the UK accredited Wine and Spirits Education Trust and complements this study with as much travel, eating and drinking as possible in order to delve deeper into the world of wine. She won the Lewisham presented Negociants Outstanding Wine Service Professional award in 2015 and now hopes her passion for natural, organic and experimental wines as well as reverence for the classic wines of the world will be helpful in steering the attention of New Zealand’s already well-versed wine consumers to exploration in the greater global wine (and sake!) industry.
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