Sarah Szegota (Thornton), Communications Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers, Auckland

First real (full time) job (outside of school/uni holidays)

Samples Co-ordinator at Bottle Green – basically making sure wine samples from around the world arrived (and left) on time for tastings and trade events. Lots of heavy lifting!

Career Highlight
Dancing with Tim Atkin at Pinot NZ 2013 (honest).
Mentor/Influencer
There are some strong women in the industry that are pretty inspiring. Above all, friends and family keep me on the right path. 
Cat? Dog?
Definitely a dog person but don’t have the time or patience….yet.
Desert island wine and food
Chardonnay and chicken Jambalaya.
Dinner table companions, dead or alive
The Queen, Pablo Picasso, Miranda Hart, Jennifer Saunders and Michael Eavis. 
Greatest achievement
Moving to the other side of the world, oh, and running a marathon.
New Zealand wine industry needs...

Collaboration.

If you weren't working in the wine industry in your current position, what would you be doing?

Painting pictures.

One thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve got a pretty good right hook!

If you had the day off tomorrow what would you like to do

Go for a run in the Waitakere Ranges.

Connections  

Twitter:   @sarah_nzwine

LI:         Sarah Thornton 

Web:      www.nzwine.com


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