Andrew is the proud father of two amazing children, a son and a daughter. When not working his butt off he spends lots of time with them trying to be the parent to them that his were to him.
Passionate Irish man
Born in Dublin, Ireland Andrew Healy is part of that Irish generation known as “The Pope’s Children” who were raised with an outward looking view of the world and a deep and lasting appreciation for their own history and culture. While his accent may have waned slightly Andrew is a regular reader of the Irish Times (on his iPad) and is in touch regularly with friends and family back on the “auld sod” thanks to Facebook and Skype.
Andrew was encouraged to travel early in life visiting the US twice in the late seventies and this has remained a theme in his life since. Andrew has worked in 5 countries and been privileged to have traveled a decent chunk of the rest of the globe through work and pleasure. Andrew has been on six of the seven continents and isn’t quite sure when he’ll make it to Antarctica!
Andrew has worked corporately and for small family operations. This allied with his experience running the family retail business for 7 years with his father gives him a unique perspective on business ownership and the challenges that are faced by owners.
Lover of Sports
You name the sport and Andrew has heard of it, played it or knows enough about it to engage you in conversation about it. His first love is cricket followed closely by football (soccer) and rugby. A keen runner in his prime Andrew still proudly talks about his 1 hour 28 minute half marathon and the only goal he ever scored in football, directly from a corner kick! Andrew is the Vice President of the Napa Valley Cricket Club who are currently about to start their fourth season.
His introduction to wine was at the family dinner table and on family holidays to France and Spain in the 1980′s. Wine was always part of the warm, hospitable home that he grew up in.
Andrew’s passion for wine truly started whilst he was at Catering College in Dublin. During this time he started his Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) exams and became fascinated by the breadth of wine available from all over the globe.
Wine has taken Andrew around the world and he has worked for Harrods, Sainsbury’s, Oddbins, Kermit Lynch, Firestone Vineyard, Nobilo Vintners, Guy Anderson and many others.
Andrew believes passionately in the concept of “giving before you take” and to this end has been very active in the community. On top of pro bono Social media work for a number of organizations Andrew is involved with TEDxNapaValley as Co-Curator, founded the Napa Facebook Wine Meet Up (a monthly mixer run through Social Media) and co-created the When Irish Wines are Smiling event in 2010 to highlight the contribution of the Irish to food and wine in the US.
Andrew speaks regularly on the subject of Social Media and Online Presence and is a member of the team at Sonoma State University Wine Business School where he lectures in Wine & Social Media.
Other speaking engagements have included:
- Unified Grape & Wine Symposium
- Wine Tourism Conference
- Napa Valley Vintners
- Napa Chamber of Commerce
- Calistoga Chamber of Commerce
- Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS)
- Napa Valley College Wine Marketing
- Napa Small Business Development Centre “Hands On…” series
- State of California Restaurant Business Development Day
- Sonoma County Economic Development Board
- CANVAS Digital Bootcamp
- Wine Country Hospitality Symposium
Andrew is available for speaking opportunities for both businesses and organizations
A few insights into Andrew
Wines to take to a desert island?
White – Riesling, Domaine Ostertag
Red – Zinfandel, Ridge Lytton Springs
Most memorable wines?
White – Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Semillon
Red – Hermitage, La Chapelle, 1995
Most spectacular wine region visited? Central Otago, NZ
Greatest innovation in wine? Large format bottles for when 750ml is not enough!
Favorite Food & Wine combination?
A rack of Sonoma Lamb cooked on the BBQ, sprinkled with Maldon Sea Salt, served with a Chickpea (Garbonzo Beans), Feta and Grilled Peppers Salad, accompanied by a Glass of Clare Valley Shiraz (heavenly)
Most spectacular place to have a glass of wine in the Valley?
The deck at Auberge du Soleil
Favorite Beer? Guinness (had to be, but I love many others)
Favorite City Visited? Venice, Italy
Favorite City Lived In? San Francisco
Greatest ambition? To play the saxophone, well!!