lifestyle , 3rd May 2018

Mum knows best

Posted by Kitty

Mum knows best

When it comes to giving both life and wine advice, mums know best. With the lead up to Mother’s Day, we had a chat to a few of the cool mums at Handpicked to take a moment to appreciate all that they do for us (kids) here and at home. We are very lucky to have a team of diverse and inspiring women at Handpicked. They share their love for the wine industry and families and the wines they love drinking after a long week - take note everyone.

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Meet Ilga

I have 2 boys – Mile aged 17 and Luca, 15yrs. When not at work I spend a lot of time on the soccer field sideline supporting Luca and my husband Daren in their football and ferrying Mile around so he can maintain his hectic social schedule. What little time is left is spent entertaining with family and friends.

Role at Handpicked Wines
Production and Purchasing Manager

What do you love most about working in the wine industry?
The people and wine (of course). I am blessed to work with an amazing group of inspiring and brilliant individuals that share the same passion I do to create a beautiful and unique product.

What’s your go-to wine after a long week?
I love something a little lighter and zesty at first like the Trial batch Vermentino and then followed by the Single Vineyard Brindle Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River. This wine is really bold with hints of spice which is exactly what I need after a long week.

What makes you a cool mum (not a regular mum)?
This is a question for my boys. This is what Mile said- “ You are always really open to meeting my friends and support me in any plans I want to make, not in a pushy way but in a relaxed open way”, and Luca said - “You make me feel really special”

Phew! That could have gone badly…. I must be doing something right.

Meet Sara-Lynn

I would like to introduce you to the newest members of my family my niece Nya & Sammi. Nya is nearly 3…going on 18…she chats a lot!! And Sammi is just 6 months and smiles a lot!! They both live in Ireland but are currently visiting me in Sydney which has been AMAZING. Being an Auntie is great….all the fun and less responsibility!!

Role at Handpicked Wines 
I work in the sales team at Handpicked Wines, so if you know a bar or restaurant that needs a better selection of wine...who you gonna call? Sara-Lynn! 

What do you love most about working in the wine industry? 
I love learning about wine and of course the best way to learn is to try lots of wine. It’s a great industry which is lots of fun.

What’s your go-to wine after a long week?
Tough call on what to drink after a long week…just give me any wine (as long as it’s good)! I think I will start with a glass of bubbles to get the party started – Italian Prosecco and then onto my current fav Handpicked – Collection Heathcote Shiraz. I find this wine really exciting with its layers of fruit and earthy complexity. It has spicy berry aromas with a sprinkle of chocolate which is just divine. 

What makes you a cool mum (not a regular mum)?
I’m the cool aunt, need I say more?!

Meet Kitty

I have a 7 year old furbaby, Wallace. He’s an English Staffy and love the outdoors just like his mama. Summer is his favourite time of the year as he loves rolling around in the sun and car cruising - he’s my ride or die.

Role at Handpicked Wines
I am part of the marketing team. I look after everything digital and social media so I may have chatted to you before via email or on social!

What do you love most about working in the wine industry? 
I love that Handpicked is such a contemporary and forward thinking wine company which makes my job really fun and dynamic - we work with some really cool brands in the fashion, design and art industry. Also where you find good wine, there seems to always be good food too so it’s a win win. 

What’s your go-to wine after a long week?
The limited edition Handpicked X Romance Was Born Yarra Valley Rosé - delightful to drink and to look at! An afternoon by the waters with Wallace, a glass of Rosé and some sashimi is heaven. I won’t be sharing the Rosé with Wallace though, I don’t condone underage drinking...so I’ll just have to enjoy the bottle to myself.

What makes you a cool mum (not a regular mum)?
I let Wallace annoy his cousin, Dodo (my sister’s cat). 

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