Name: Tim Irwin
Occupation: Wine Importer/Producer
U.S. Digs: Napa, California
Aussie Hometown: Mudgee, NSW
Visa type: E3
Current Project: A new wine brand.
Favourite quote: “It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine.”
[To read about Tim’s take on wine culture and the Napa Valley, click here]
When did you move to the U.S.?
What’s your story on getting to and living in the U.S.?
I was working in a winery in Mudgee, New South Wales, and was offered a job in NYC. Can’t say no to that.
Why did you want to work in the U.S.?
Opportunities to explore a new market and its culture.
What are your creative inspirations?
I get inspiration from other designers (website, clothing, art, photography) and traveling.
What’s your favourite city in the U.S.?
New York City.
[For More Of Tim’s Travel Tips in the USA click here]
What do you miss most about home?
Family and friends, beaches, surfing and my dog, Sampson.
What are the top three things any traveler must do when visiting Australia?
Kiss a local, eat a meat pie and learn to surf.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Owning my own wine brand or bar.
When you’re not working, what can you be found doing?
Hanging out with friends, exploring new places and riding my road bike.
If you had a dinner party and had to fill three seats with American bums, who’s got them, and what would you serve as the appetizer?
If they have to be alive, I would say Mohammad Ali (for his drive and mental toughness), Barrack Obama (be cool to meet a President) and Charlize Theron (if conversations become weird, I can chat to someone attractive).
Appetizer – I would serve a good round of marinated prawns and octopus.
What’s your favourite American sports team and/or athlete?
New York Jets and LeBron James.
What’s your favourite quote to live by?
“If you are going through hell, keep going”- Winston Churchill.
Who’s your mentor or hero?
My dad has always been a good role model.
Where do you read/acquire the news?
Sydney Morning Herald online.
Tim’s Sauce – A few fellow Swagmen
David Droga – advertising and marketing visionary: Droga 5 [Advertising and Marketing Agency] is creating some very cool campaigns for a range of different companies, putting a 21st century spin on the way they design their concepts.
Adam Garone – philanthropist: Adam Garone has grown the Movember charity exponentially in the U.S. The charity continues to gain exposure and raise incredible amounts of money toward men’s health issues.
Lauren Jackson – athlete: Lauren Jackson is an amazing athlete and continues to dominate woman’s basketball in the U.S.
Curtis Stone – chef: Curtis Stone, who once began on the ABC [local network] in Australia, is now a U.S. celebrity chef.
Sam Worthington – actor: Sam Worthington, once unknown until his starring performance in one the biggest films of all time — Avatar — is becoming a well-known actor in the U.S.
Tim’s Slice of Advice
What to keep in mind when moving to U.S.? Be open to the people and culture; they are friendly and very hospitable.