We have an incredibly talented team here at Spy Valley Wines and it's about time we share a few of their secrets. Daniel has recently joined the marketing team, no one is really sure where he comes from but he’s definitely been around, and at some point he was based in Las Vegas.
Daniel “Vegas” Adriatico, Marketing Manager
Born, Bred & Schooled
Born: QLD, Bred: Oz, Asia, US of A, Schooled: Lots of high schools in the US. University of Canterbury, NZ
First wine industry job
First real full time job
Selling roses on LA street corners. (Real full time to me)
Working for Spy of course.
Cat or Dog?
Cats. I like that they choose their own path. Perhaps, I just haven’t met the right dog yet.
Deserted Island wine & food
If a southern hemisphere deserted island = Gewürtz and prawns. Everywhere else: Shiraz and Vegemite
Who would you choose as a dinner companion - dead or alive
My grandfather. Spent his life charting New Guinea. Never got to meet him but he always inspired me.
The New Zealand wine industry needs...
More and more recognition for other NZ varietals, more cross industry collaboration, more rock and roll.
If you weren't working in the wine industry, what would you be doing?
Something I’ve never done, and I’d still be drinking the wine.
One thing about you that people might be interested to learn?
I’m a twin. Kind of identical. I’m sure that isn’t that interesting. He certainly isn’t.
If you had the day off tomorrow what would you like to do?
Make it up as I go.
Best Kept secret?
My kids are named after my favourite jazz musicians.
Favourite Wine & Food pairing
Cloudy Bay moon clams in Thai Green Curry and Spy Valley Gewürztraminer broth + rest of the bottle.