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Want a wine matching with a twist? Meet Jake!

ml-gf-jacob-allan-729-20121001123126526797-620x349What’s your name (can include nicknames)

Jake.

What sorts of tours and experiences do you run?

Wine tours, with a twist. Check out Junk Food and Wine matching or iWine (matching music with wine).

What lead you to run these experiences?

I have been to so many boring, earnest wine tastings over the years that take themselves too seriously and in the process exclude everyone from the enjoyment of wine.

I wanted to create wine tastings that were about the enjoyment of wine and make them accessible to all wine drinkers.

What’s your idea of a fun night out?

Braiding my friends hair in my pyjamas, talking about cute boys and watching the notebook…

No wait, having a few beers watching the footy (AFL Dockers & The Giants) then heading out to a great restaurant drinking some great wines.

What’s the coolest travel experience you’ve ever had?

Travelling through Burgundy, The Rhone Valley and Chianti was a great experience.

Why do you want to meet people through experiences and activities?

I love meeting new people and get inspired by other peoples experiences and knowledge. Meeting people through activities and experiences helps break down any hesitancies and get to know people on a different level.

Describe your ideal tour participant

Those that really get into what we are trying to do and embrace the experience whole heartedly. You can make our events as enjoyable as you want them to be.

When someone sings in front of the group in our Music & Wine tasting I know have a group of ideal participants.

What do you love about Sydney?

Its a cliche to say the beaches, but living two minutes from the beach in Tamarama is pretty special.

If you could hang out with 3 people for a day, who would they be and why?

Derren Brown – I want to learn all his tricks and techniques.

Christopher Hitchens – Even though he’s passed away now, I could listen to him talk for hours (when he was alive that is).

Tony Clifton – Although a created character and his creator has also passed away, but he would be excruciating hilariously to hang out with.

What’s currently on your playlist?

Billy Bragg and Wilco Mermaid Avenue III

If you could go anywhere in the world and do anything, what would it be and why?

Travel to all the wine regions of the world I am yet to visit: Agrentina, Germany and any others I can fit in.

Why? ‘Cos I love wine!!

Anything else we should know about you?

I have spent the last 15 years as a professional actor alongside my wine career. Most notably probably playing Matt Jennings in Packed to the Rafters.

You can find out more about Jake and join his wine tours on his eXpertLocal profile. 

 

 

Meet eXpertLocal host Bek: Music, food, beer and labradors

1.   What’s your name (can include nicknames)

My name is Bek. My nickname is Nipper because I’m short and have the personality of an adele penguin. Adele penguins are the little ones that keep the bigger penguins in line and keep the rookery safe.

2.   What sorts of tours and experiences do you run?

I run quite a lot of tours in Bronte and surrounds. I am also passionate about the Sydney live music scene and creativity in general so am always up for something to do with that. Plus I love wine and beer, so I like sharing that with people who may not know where to go to find a good drop.

3.   What lead you to run these experiences?

Running tours in Bronte was my way of getting used to a new area after 15 years in the Inner West and Redfern. I also believe in supporting local business and the creative scene, so thought sharing these experience with others might help get create an audience for what they do and provide.

4.   What’s your idea of a fun night out?

I’m a sucker for a small bar or pub that isn’t too pretty, has character, and where I can hear my friends talk. I also brain crush on things that are special, so you’ll probably find me out at roof top markets, food truck Fridays, and chasing down a great craft beer with a decent feed.

5.   What’s the coolest travel experience you’ve ever had?

The most notable experience was travelling to the Red Centre and finding a town with barely 20 people living in it that had two pubs. I asked the guys in one pub why they needed two and he said “Coz girly, not everyone in town can drink in the same place”. Before he went on to offer me 2liters of beer he referred to as a “stubbie” and bag out half the townspeople.

Relaxation wise, I had a very wonderful experience in Woolgoolga staying in a Glasshouse set in rainforest with its own spa and all the mod cons. It was probably the most relaxing ten days of my life. The town was also beautiful and full of friendly locals, organic food and superb cafes.

6.   Why do you want to meet people through experiences and activities?

I think we usually make new friends through like minded activities, so if I can meet some cool people who share my love of music, beer, wine and discovery, that’d be awesome!

I also find myself being the one who comes up with a lot of “this is where we should go” answers when friends come to stay, so it seemed like the logical next step!

And I want to demonstrate to people you don’t need to have bucket loads of cash to enjoy Sydney. You simply need to know where to look.

7.   Describe your ideal tour participant

Friendly, fun, cheery and not afraid to have fun.

8.   What do you love about Sydney?

I love that I can go and walk down at the Rocks and see such iconic beauty, and then travel to Redfern or Strathfield and see an entirely different style of life and wonder. And I love that people are still willing to meet new people, create wonderful things and that even if you have $5 in your pocket, if you know where to look, you can still find fun.

9.   If you could hang out with 3 people for a day, who would they be and why?

You said people, so that cuts out my loopy Labrador, Gibson. I’d probably want to meet up with some local innovators like Jared Ingersoll (chef and foodie entrepreneur), someone from Icon Park and Richard Branson to see how we can use the growth in food & wine, pop up scene and a little crazy entrepreneurial spirit to help the rock and heavy side of the Sydney music scene.

10.                What’s currently on your playlist?

Local blues rock band Tom Stone and the Soldiers of Fortune. Plus still very happy with playing NIN and QOTSA on repeat after their recent visit to Sydney- it was awesome!

11.                If you could go anywhere in the world and do anything, what would it be and why?

It’d be a tossup between taking photos in the jungle of Indochina or a rum tour in Cuba. I love projects such as Humans of New York and Sydney’s 52 Suburbs and how that captures people in their day to day so that explains Indochina. And the rum and Cuba because I think there’s probably a little Hunter S. Thompson in all of us and that’s where mine would come to the fore.

12.                Anything else we should know about you?

I am absolutely besotted with my Labrador, so if anyone wants to put up any dog friendly activities, I will totally be there!

You can meet Bek via her eXpertLocal profile and doing one of her many activities.

 

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