About Iron Gate

Warren Porter – President


Warren opened Iron Gate Cellarage in 2004 strictly as an off-site wine storage facility. After a 20 year career in technology and telecommunications, Warren decided that it was time to pursue a career in one of his two passions; wine or golf. After objectively analyzing his golf swing, it was determined that fine wine was the path to choose. He could always learn more about wine but the golf swing was unlikely to change.

In 2007 Iron Gate Cellarage Inc. changed our name to Iron Gate – Private Wine Management reflecting that fact that we do much more than storage.

Irina Omari – Client Relations Manager

Irina has fallen in love with the wine industry during her first vintage in Bordeaux. After working in France for another year, she moved to New Zealand to do her master (writing her theses on international wine sales) and worked for Jackson Estate Wine Company as marketing and sales. After New Zealand she moved permanently to Canada, where she continued her wine education with IWEG and currently Irina is doing a WSET Diploma level. She also took a 3d place in 2010 Wine tasting Challenge. Irina manages all aspects of client relations, cellar management, private wine sales. She has a vast experience in managing clients based in different countries, working with different softwares and in general sales and marketing.

Geoff Whittington – Technology Development

Geoff began working with Iron Gate from day one to help develop an inventory control system specifically designed for our client’s wine within the vault. This system has been continuously improved by Geoff over the years, and is now a robust commercial inventory management platform that is now available to other commercial wine storage operations. Geoff was also responsible for analyzing the variety of home cellar management software and web based packages available, and making recommendations on which systems were most suitable to our clients.

John Szabo MS – Private Client Consulting

In 2004, John became Canada’s first Master Sommelier, now one of only 3 in the country. He has been working in the hospitality business at home and abroad for over 15 years, gaining experience in all aspects of the wine business including positions as varied as cook, sommelier, wine importer, restaurant & winery consultant, educator and wine writer. Today John specializes in restaurant beverage program design and management, custom cellar design, personal cellar management, and writing about wine. His text, ‘Sommelier Management’ is used by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, and he also teaches for the Court of Master Sommeliers . John also develops and delivers professional trade seminars for dozens of trade organizations.
John is responsible for Private Client Consulting.  For a small, select group of people, John manages all purchasing for their private home cellars through an in depth analysis and structured buying program.

Remi Niza – Private Event Management

Remi (Rem) has worked with Iron Gate in the past as the charge behind most of our events including Decant (the largest private order wine show ever staged in Toronto), and numerous others.  When Iron Gate opened a permanent event space in 2014, Rem was the natural choice to take it over.  A natural people-person, Rem has vast experience in managing events in her past and is the consummate hostess always ensuring the happiness of our guests.