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Nicholas Paris MW

Nicholas Paris MW

Became an MW 2014

Based in United States, New Zealand

Nationality American

Languages English, French, German, Italian, Spanish


Nicholas Paris is the managing director and co-owner of Monte Christo Winery, the birthplace of the Central Otago wine industry in New Zealand. With soon to be two cellar door locations, restaurants, cottages, an underground cellar and modern winery, Monte Christo is focused on producing sustainable and organic wines from 55 acres of estate vineyards spread throughout Central Otago. Pinot Noir is the focus, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Rosé (of Pinot Noir).

Nicholas first entered the wine industry as a sales consultant for Zachys Wine & Liquor in Scarsdale, New York. Shortly thereafter, he became Zachys' auction coordinator and a wine specialist at Christie's Auction House in NYC and Beverly Hills. Since then, he has held a variety of positions as a retail wine buyer and manager, distributor sales rep and key account manager, and for 19 years with Gallo in sales, public relations, importing, education, and wine style and brand consulting.

During his career, Nicholas has been very active in wine education, judging and travel. He has taught at the university level and trained and educated employees for hundreds of small and large restaurants, hotels, country clubs, casinos, retail stores and wholesalers. He has judged at several prestigious international wine competitions, traveled extensively throughout the wine world, and speaks several languages proficiently. In 2014, he became America’s 34th Master of Wine. He is also an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Current employer: Monte Christo Winery

Industry sector(s): Agency/Importer, Business owner, Buying, Distribution, Educator, Import/Export, International trade, Marketing, PR, Sales, Wine business strategy, Wine judge, Winery operations

Specialisms: Branding, Direct to consumer, Distribution, Education, Financial and commercial structures, Food and wine pairing, HORECA, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Importation, Independent retail, Marketing wine, New business development, PR, Restaurant wines, Routes to market, Starting wineries, Supplier/customer relationships, Training, Wine auctions, Wine judging