Greg and Marie Baker founded Wisdom and Wine in July 2011. Following a number of events and extensive travel through the important wine regions of France, they have partnered with Phill and Mary Meyer to bring into Australia a batch of high quality wine from Chablis, Burgundy and Champagne. Testing a change.
Greg has over 25 years of management experience in the Information Technology area. After graduating with a BSc from Melbourne University in 1968, Greg worked his way up the career ladder at Melbourne High School, Melbourne’s most prestigious secondary boys’ state school. In 1986, he was appointed to Scotch College, Melbourne, and took over the role of Director of Computing in 1987. He also has a BA from Melbourne University and a post graduate IT qualification. In the 1990's, Greg assumed many roles as a key member of various management teams that launched and grew the Information Technology programs in Australia. He has co-authored six editions of First Byte, a pioneering text for the secondary school system in Australia. He has been a regular contributor to many International Conferences.
Greg has a deep knowledge of the wines of Australia, America and France and is noted for his fine palate. He has toured many of the wine growing areas in Australia as well as California and South Africa. In 2011, he and Marie spent a month visiting wineries in Chablis, Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux. He returned to France in 2012. He is a professional member of the Australian Sommeliers’ Association.
He has run a number of wine education events and is passionate about bringing high quality wines at affordable prices to the Australian market.
Phill holds degrees in Arts and Education and graduated from Monash University in 1971. Apart from various stints as a secondary and higher education teacher, Phill was a partner with Thomas, Thomas & Wilden in the retail outlet known as Willsmere Village Cellars, Kew in the early 1980s. Between 1984 and 1988 Phill variously imported French wine from Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley, acted a consultant/manager to Richmond Hill Cellars, The Liquor Locker and The Tasman Wine Company and was a major contributor to Winestate's regular wine tasting panel.
Whilst he was at William Angliss Institute of TAFE between 1989 and 1995 he co-authored the first four editions of The Penguin Good Australian Guide with the late Mark Shield.
Phill recenlty retired from his position in Hospitality at VUT He is well known and highly regarded for his contribution to education about all aspects of wine. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of French wine and is passionate about the fine wines of Burgundy.