Meet The Iron Gate Wine Team

Warren Porter – Iron Gate Wine 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 its name to Iron Gate – Private Wine Management (sometimes referred to as Iron Gate Wine), reflecting that fact that we do much more than storage.

Irina Omari – Director of Client Relations and Wine Consignment

Irina fell in love with the wine industry when working her first vintage in Bordeaux. After staying in France for another year, she then moved to New Zealand to do her Masters (writing her thesis on international wine sales), and worked for Jackson Estate Wine Company in marketing and sales. After New Zealand, Irina moved permanently to Canada where she continued her wine education with the Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG). She is currently working on her WSET Diploma level, and achieved 3rd place in an all Ontario wine-tasting competition in a non-professional round. Irina manages all aspects of client relations, cellar management, and private wine sales. She has vast experience managing clients needs, a deep understanding of the wine market when it comes to selling your collection, and looks forward to working with you!

Megan McDonald – Sommelier and Client Concierge

After completing a Geology degree at Memorial University, and a diploma in Marine Geomatics at NSCC, Nova Scotia, Megan started with the Raymonds Restaurant Group in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It was at Raymonds where Megan quickly realized her passion for learning about wine, and sharing that knowledge with those around her. Megan completed her WSET Level 3 with Autour du Vin and her WSET Diploma with the IWEG in 2018.
In 2018, we were very fortunate that Megan agreed to join Iron Gate Wine, and our US e-commerce site IronGate.Wine, as your personal Sommelier and Client Concierge.

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 and 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.

Gregg Tilston – Vice President, Digital

Gregg is a technology industry veteran having spent seven years as a global leader with Flight Centre Travel Group (ASX: FLT), as well as having held senior leadership roles with eComm, platform, and mobile application startups.  Gregg has leveraged his experience in catering luxury products to a discerning, online clientele to launch IronGate.Wine; Iron Gate Wine’s highly personalized, yet simple, fraud-free experience not previously seen in the retail wine industry.

Remi Niza – Human Resources

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.  A natural people-person.