Kat Wiggins, Marketing Manager at Seresin Estate, Marlborough
Born, Bred, Schooled
Born in London, but since then, the only way is Essex!
First wine industry job
Fine wine sales support at Lay & Wheeler in the UK
First real (full time) job (outside of school/uni holidays)
Advertising production co-ordinator for the marvellously-named Blow up Media
The past twelve months have been a whirlwind of Good Things: scholarship visit to Marlborough, passing Master of Wine theory and moving to NZ to start a shiny new job.
Simon Larkin MW (my first boss in the wine-world and someone from whom I learned a lot of important things, about wine, work and life in general) and Frodo Baggins (who proves that short people with hairy toes can do great things).
Though I am a winekat, I am definitely more of a dog-person.
Desert island wine and food.
I'm going to cheat, and have a desert island grape, so that I can choose
Chardonnay and have bubbles as well as still wines... And my desert island food would be the pig, in general... A noble beast, good company and bringer of bacon, ham and crackling...
Dinner table companions, dead or alive
CS Lewis and Stephen Fry (for intellectual chat), Audrey Hepburn (for styling tips), King Arthur (to see if he really did exist), Johnny Cash (for musical interludes), Hugh Jackman (for no good reason whatsoever) and Dom Perignon and the Veuve Clicquot themselves (to provide the libations)
To have ended up with the most amazing 5 year old daughter. Not sure she's my "achievement" as such, but I'm very proud of her.
New Zealand wine industry needs...
To not rest on its laurels: Keep striving, keep questioning, keep innovating, keep improving.
If you weren't working in the wine industry in your current position, what would you be doing?
Probably locked away in a library somewhere, translating medieval Irish manuscripts and possibly wearing a bad jumper.
I cook a great pie!
One thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
That I now live in New Zealand!
If you had the day off tomorrow what would you like to do.
I do have the day off tomorrow and am doing my favourite things, meeting lovely friends, spending time in the sun, eating good food and drinking great wine.