A sommelier and a chef walk into a bar.
One has a degree in sustainable agriculture. The other has an MBA.
Now they have a wine company.
Meet Emma: Chief Nomad
"Life has been quite the adventure".
Emma Toshack's story starts in Sydney - where, after dropping out of Sydney Law School she started a restaurant, running the kitchen until a fire shut it down. She then went to the country to ride dressage horses for a year before finally acquiescing to return & finish law school.
After law school she joined The Boston Consulting Group, where she worked for 3.5 years before moving to the US for the MBA program at Harvard Business School. There she co-founded Startup Lockdown and Hello Alfred before joining Snapchat in Los Angeles in 2015. She left Snapchat about 18 months later to officially launch Nomadica - the wine she'd been dreaming of for years.
She's happily married to her wife Carolyn, and new mother to Apollo - the German Shorthaired Pointer who has taken over their house and their hearts.
It's been quite a journey so far. It's just beginning. Follow her on Instagram @emtoshack
Meet Kristin: Wine Chief
Kristin Olszewski got her start in wine while working in restaurants in San Francisco. Though she was busy completing a pre-med degree at Harvard, when applying to med schools she couldn’t deny her love of the vine and committed to the pursuit of palate.
She was actually at Harvard the exact same time as Emma, but they didn't meet until both of them were in LA, years later.
She is a certified sommelier; currently on the sommelier team at Osteria Mozza where she works with a 70 page, all-Italian wine list. She previously worked at Husk in Nashville, Straight Wharf in Nantucket and as Wine Director for F10 Creative in Palm Springs (Mr Lyons, Birba, Cheeky’s, Avalon Hotel).
In college she majored in sustainable agriculture and gender studies. That makes her a bad ass former female farmer. She’s still passionate about working with high quality, small producers who focus on sustainable practices and biodynamic farming. Follow her on IG @kristin___o
Meet Apollo: Chief of Mischief
Apollo got his start in life in June 2017. Born into a big family who all went their own ways early in life, he found Carolyn and Emma on Instagram and decided they would be his new moms.
He loves pigs ears, shredding papers, chasing birds and cuddle time with his moms. He has an excellent nose but hasn't put it to use in the wine space just yet.
He likes living in LA but prefers his grandparents backyard in Vegas and is dying to visit his Great Grandpa's farm in Georgia and get himself some quail which he plans to pair with mommy's Pinot Noir.
Follow him on Instagram @ApolloThePointer