|Françoise Abro, Director Abcon Wines
Françoise Abro founded Abcon Wine Merchants in 1993, as a way to introduce Ontario consumers to high quality, boutique South African wines. Her incredible enthusiasm and knowledge of wine, has enabled her to establish one of the most respected portfolios of internationally acclaimed wine brands in Ontario.
“My relationship with wine started many years ago sharing, tasting and learning with my father. I discovered years later, that I had inherited both my father’s natural palate and love for wine.
My family name “DELAMOTTE” also happens to be that of a very famous French Champagne house… maybe somewhere there is a very old link in the family tree and I was destined to be in this industry! “
Favourite quote: “I cook with wine – sometimes I even add it to the food.”
|Mark McFadyen, Director Abcon Wines
Mark has been involved in the restaurant trade from every angle for 30 years. His passion for wine is contagious and his knowledge and ability to source well-priced products for the Abcon portfolio that over-deliver on both flavour and value is why Abcon has been able to establish itself as one of Ontario’s premier Wine Agencies.
Celebrating 20 years with Abcon next year, Mark continues to be the impetus for Abcon finding great wines and finding great people to sell them! The Abcon team is the strongest it has ever been and we invite you to see what is new and special in our portfolio.
Favourite quote: “If a life of wine, women and song becomes too much, give up the singing”
|Hana Jaksova, Sales – Toronto
Hana hails from the Czech Republic. It was her passion and her family’s business that made her choose fine wine as a career. Having arrived from the Czech Republic in 2000, Hana has become a well known wine person in the Toronto market and brings to Abcon Wines a great palate and personality!
I jumped at the opportunity to join the Abcon Wine Team and have grown with the company am always excited at the new wine “finds” and the ever-growing portfolio I have to work with.
Each day I meet new people and drink great wines – I love my job!”
|Sahara MacDonald, Sales – Toronto
Sahara has always had a passion for wine, especially how wine pairs with food. Wine has a certain magic to it, one that draws people together both culturally and socially. She is excited to be working with such a dynamic catalog of wines. Her passion for wine grew as she attended numerous tastings throughout her career in the hospitality industry. Sahara has been told by many that she has a unique palate and ability to talk about wines with an astute yet casual approach. In her spare time she loves to cook for friends and entertain; she is a musician and teaches yoga. Sahara is very excited to be a part of the Abcon team.
“His lips drink water but his heart drinks wine” E.E. Cummings
|Tracey Busch, Sales – Orangeville
Tracey has been part of Abcon’s team for over 15 years. As our “out-of-town” representative she has developed her niche market in outlying areas. Tracey’s excellent organizational skills and her enthusiastic approach to sales have rewarded her with a loyal and constant customer base.
“With two young daughters to raise, promoting and selling wines is the perfect fit for my lifestyle. Presenting fine wines to the local country establishments and golf resorts in my neighborhood has been so rewarding for me and… fun!
|Rob Beardall, Sales – Ottawa – Capital City
Rob pursued this love through graduating from the Sommelier program, whilst working in the hospitality industry serving and managing at restaurants that placed strong focus on their wine lists. Therefore in 1999 it was a natural transition for him to start selling wines and consulting on wine lists. Rob has also been fortunate enough to travel extensively, and always manages to work a wine tour into any trip involving a grape-growing country!
At an early age I became inspired for the love of wine and food by my extended family who all love to get together to share a glass and their latest recipes.
Favorite quote: ‘There is a wine for every occasion and every individual’…”
|Tom Kehoe, Sales – Southwestern Ontario
Tom Kehoe is a Certified Sommelier accredited through the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers with in-depth knowledge of the world’s major wine regions. He has over 30 years of experience in the wine and spirit industry. He is passionate about wine and enjoys assisting people in gaining a better understanding about wines they are buying and whether or not they are drinking it today or storing it in their wine cellar for the next several years. He has had several articles published in a local consumer magazine in London, Ontario. Tom’s knowledge of wine and dedication to client service has given him a strong following in the hospitality industry.
“Wine is fermented grape juice but a lot more fun than Welches”