Wine Director Bio
Wine Director and Sommelier Markus Carl joined Taboo Resort, Golf and Spa in April of 2006 after owning and operating a successful fine dining restaurant in Haliburton for 25 years.
In his quest to further expand his encyclopedic knowledge of wine, he spends a vast amount of time in the Niagara Region and has traveled to more than 20 regions globally, many on numerous occasions.
By visiting wine producers all over the world, Markus has gained a practical understanding of the wine-making process and further developed his palate and understanding of all things vinous.
While in charge of buying all wines for the Resort to appease a large clientele of leisure and corporate guests, Markus is also in charge of inventory and staff training. His daily focus is on tableside service in Elements and food pairings for the Culinary Theatre. His interactive approach with guests’ helps the clientele discover wines that they would not normally consider, allowing them to expand their “wine horizons”.
During the past year, Markus spent 7 months in Toronto at George Restaurant as Sommelier/Dining Room Manager, which furthered his knowledge of Wine and broadened his spectrum in regards to the operational side of a downtown fine dining restaurant.
Markus has increased the scope and quality of Taboo’s wine program resulting in the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence from 2006 to 2011 and the VQA Award of Excellence from 2007 to 2010.
He is a graduate of the University of Guelph, earning a Bachelor of Commerce in the Hotel and Food program.