Adjunct Wine Faculty
Alan had his first glass of quality wine in the Hunter Valley, just north of Sydney, Australia, where he was raised. After that glass, he spent nearly all of his vacations in Australia’s diverse wine regions, tasting and learning as much as he could. And he’s still learning all he can. Alan moved to San Francisco to work at Rubicon, with its ambitious wine program and encyclopedic wine cellar under the direction of Master Sommelier Larry Stone. With Stone’s encouragement, Alan worked toward achieving his own title of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, becoming the first Australian to earn this distinction. Alan moved on to become the wine director at Masa’s Restaurant in San Francisco in 2001 before becoming a wine instructor.
He is currently the Wine Director at Jardinière.