Henry Dawson-Damer – Founder and Owner of Daily Drop – Fine Wine Specialist.
Henry Dawson-Damer was born in Australia, but has spent much of his life living between Europe and Australia. Graduating from Edinburgh University in Scotland with an MA Honours Degree in Geography, Henry was awarded one of the Faculty’s highest commendations for his comprehensive thesis on the Australian Wine Industry.
In December 1993, Henry, alongside winemaker Simon Gilbert, undertook a bold project to convert a redundant milk factory in the Hunter Valley into a 1000 tonne crushing and winemaking facility. It was here that Henry developed his winemaking skills and his understanding of numerous wine varieties and styles from all over Australia.
In 1997, Henry moved from winemaking to wine marketing, when he joined Cellarmaster Wines. Henry then joined Rosemount Estate in 1998 as a wine marketing executive. In 2001, following the merger of Rosemount Estate and Southcorp Wines, he was appointed Global Marketing Director for the company’s boutique wine brands. Following Foster’s acquisition of Southcorp, he was appointed Senior Manager of Wine Education, sharing the love of more than 60 wine brands throughout Australia, Europe and North America.
Henry is currently studying for the London-based Institute of Masters of Wine program. Combining his experiences in winemaking, wine marketing and wine education, Henry continues his role as wine specialist / fine wine advisor for many of the finest wine brands in the world, in parallel to sharing his passion for wine on Daily Drop.
Kirrily Hall – Digital Marketing & Operations Manager – Fine Wine Specialist.
Kirrily Hall started her career in the Australian wine industry, while living in the Barossa Valley and working in sales for a wine label printer, called AQ Printworks at the time. She then worked as an Account Director for Collotype Labels, now known as MCC Australia. Her clients included large wine companies, family-owned wineries, and smaller, local wineries. Kirrily’s perspective on the Australian wine industry was further expanded when she moved to Sydney and worked in brand management and wine marketing roles for Miranda Family Winemakers and Southcorp Wines (following the merger with Rosemount Wines and prior to the merger with Treasury Wines).
Kirrily has been working in the Daily Drop Team for almost seven years and she has a huge passion for helping customers to find the wines that they truly love. Kirrily also enjoys creating inspired wine selections for the Daily Drop website, from Australian and overseas wine regions. Her relationships with producers and distributors mean that she can keep an eye on new wines and styles as well as drawing her list of ‘old favourites’, from over 18 years in the wine industry. Her favorite wine is usually, ‘the best varietal or blend from any wine region’, it could be a Margaret River Chardonnay or a Pinot Noir from Central Otago, either way, her passion is about the wine regions of the world, and the best that they can produce.
Kirrily has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Politics from Flinders University, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of South Australia, and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing from the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA). She is has also recently achieved her WSET Level 2 and WSET Level 3 Award for Wine.