PARTNER & SOMMELIER
When young Jake was working at a Vancouver area Milestones, he rose through the company quickly (THEY KNEW WHAT THEY HAD) and was poised to be on the fast track to management until one day in front of his coworkers, his GM asked him which was fuller-bodied, a cab or a shiraz. Jake faltered, because he didn't really know (turns out his boss didn’t know what he was talking about either), and from that moment, he vowed to learn everything he could about wine. He quit Milestones to manage at Salt Tasting Room, and later spent a year studying and bouncing around San Francisco restaurants, doing stages and picking up whatever knowledge he could. Eventually he landed at Vancouver's much lauded L'Abattoir, and worked while he continued his somm studies and found time to write a blog about all things wine--he had really fallen in love. The minute I heard he was in Toronto to stay I offered him a job and have often cited it as the best business decision I've ever made. His main focus is still on Grey Gardens, but find him here at Swan, shucking oysters and popping bottles one night a week.