Expert Staff Picks

Ryan Ford

Ryan Ford – Beer Buyer/Certified Bourbon Steward

I was born and raised here in Louisville, KY. I have been in the spirits industry for over the past 3 years. I came to Westport after working as a Beer Specialist for one of their distributors. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my dog.

Bourbon: My go-to bourbon would have to be old forester signature. It’s a great pour for the price, and I can’t be too mad when a guest uses it for mixing. If it’s a special occasion I like to have a pour of Thomas Handy Rye.

Beer: I like all kinds of beer, everything from pilsners and lagers, to barrel-aged stouts and sours. If I had to pick a go-to beer it would probably be Rhinegeist Truth.

Wine: My wine depends on what time of year it is. Most of the year I will drink a Cabernet, but during the summer months I will go for a white wine like Matua Sauvignon Blanc.

Emily HoltEmily Holt – Certified Bourbon Steward

I am from Corbin, Kentucky. I moved to Louisville in August 2017 to attend law school after graduating from the University of Kentucky. I enjoy trying new food and beverages. When I find a unique flavor combination I usually have to buy it, my latest purchase being Spider Monkey, a serrano pepper and ginger agave spirit. I also particularly enjoy sour beers and white wine.

My favorite white wine right now is probably the Frisk Riesling because I enjoy the crispness and it isn’t too sweet. For red wine, I recently tried the Hey Mambo Sultry Red and liked how the berry notes fused with the smokier notes. My go-to beer lately has been Hi-Wire’s Gose because I like the sour-salty combination.

Emily Meadows – Manager/Spirits & Specialties Buyer/Executive Bourbon Steward

I have been working in the store off and on since we opened in 2008 and have been here full time for the past 4 years. My current role is to find new spirits to bring to the store. I want to see if I can find the not so common item and bring them to our customers. Red wine and whiskey are my drinks of choice now. Give me a good cab, or a grenache, or anything on the 90point rack and I will be happy. Mezcal is what I will be drinking for the summer, probably the Bozal Cuixe.

JJ ValentineJ.J. Valentine – Certified Bourbon Steward

I was born in Mayberry (Mt. Airy, NC) and I came to Kentucky via Nebraska and never knew much about bourbon. Since being in Kentucky I’ve learned the great history of America’s Whiskey. I love tech and gaming. Not many know that I actually met my wife on World of Warcraft! We’ve been married for eight years now.
Bourbons: Old Fitzgerald Bottle in Bond. This wheated bottle in bond bourbon is my popular drink. I’m a huge fan of wheated bourbons and bottled-in-bond due to the history of the Bottled-in-Bond Act.

If I’m feeling special I will drink one of my Old Weller Antique store picks. My favorite by far is my bottle of OWA Westport Whiskey & Wine that had a dump date of 6/23/2015, which was my 40th birthday. That’s MY birthday bourbon drink.
Beer: High West Barrel Aged Ballast Point Victory at Sea which is an Imperial porter with coffee and Vanilla aged in High West bourbon and rye barrels.
Wine: Tarima is a Monastrell from Jumilla, Murica, Spain that absolutely enjoy. Fresh raspberries, floral and full bodied. I highly recommend.

Daniel WeberDaniel Weber – Certified Bourbon Steward

I joined WW&W in 2014, after having shopped here for years. I figured if I was going to hang around the store regularly, I might as well be paid for it. I love whiskey, primarily bourbon and craft beer. I love helping folks in the Tasting Room discover new favorites they’ve never tried before. A CPA by day, I am enjoying Westport as my “fun job.” I am married to Deirdre, with two children, Patrick & Nora.

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