Doug Pye

Doug Pye, President of Kiwi Wine & Spirits, hails from New Zealand and is also founder of the company. An avid sailor and appreciator of wine, he never had an interest in owning his own vineyard or winery.  He enjoys a vodka martini now and then, but didn’t mention if his preference was shaken or stirred. Just a few questions for Doug…

How did you become interested in wine?

Drinking it!

Are you a sommelier?  If so, what level?

No – Smellier after drinking though!

How many wines do you taste on average per day?

Two on average, but not every day.

What do you think is the most versatile wine?

Still dry wine.

What do you think is the most popular wine?

Same as the most versatile wine, a still dry wine.

What is your favorite food and wine combination?

Lamb (from New Zealand of course!) and a good Zinfandel.

What wine do you think is underrated?

Many actually and also many that may be overrated!

Who are you more like:  Miles or Jack from the movie Sideways?

Hmmm…a combination of both I imagine.

If you could pick another career or job, what would it be?

Retired!

Favorite thing about your job?

Owning the company!