Getting sacked from her first job after university was the best bad Emily has ever experienced. It compelled her to start following her heart. Her heart, being best friends with her stomach, took her to Borough Market to cheer her up. A visit to nearby Vinopolis led to a job at the museum, opening bottles of wine in an artificial Ancient Greek colosseum.
That was in 2004. After Vinopolis there was a three month stint in a winery in Canada, and then a job managing a wine bar back in London, in Spitalfields Market. A fortuitous meeting in 2006 with Paul Green, the Head Sommelier at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen in Old Street unexpectedly got Emily a part time position as a Sommelier, despite her embarrassing lack of restaurant service skills. Over a cup of tea with Ossie Gray, the Wine Buyer of The River Cafe in 2007 Emily was offered a Sommelier role.
Emily still hasn't quite left The River Cafe despite her move to Italy and works a few shifts during return visits to London. She hopes to never leave The River Cafe, as her heart and stomach are very much at home there.
In 2009 Emily began judging and writing about Italian wine for Decanter. In 2010 she passed her WSET diploma and received the Grahams Port Scholarship. Also in that year she started WhizzBangPop, a pop up restaurant with two chef friends, that featured in both national and international press. In 2012 she was voted Sommelier of the Year by Harpers Wine and Spirits. In 2013 she co-founded The London Wine Sessions with Sophie Dening, a bi-Annual wine festival with talks, tastings and wine and food matching masterclasses. In 2014 she began teaching the WSET program, Levels 2 and 3 to the staff at The River Cafe. And in the August of that year, she left London to begin her Italian adventure...