Allan has always been a lover of food and wine, and has traveled extensively to explore those passions. When traveling, he makes sure to look for special local activities to experience people and their local habits, along with their wine and food preferences, after all, it is a known fact that you can confidently pair wines with the food found in the regions these wines are produced and their grapes are grown. His experiences highlighted how wine retail in America can be confusing and overwhelming—instead of being based on how people naturally think about the experiences of buying and enjoying wine with foods. In fact, that was an observation from which the concept of Pour was born, in 2007, when H. Tres Meyer originally founded the store.
After 13 years of ever-growing success, the store is now taken over by Allan who has adopted Pour’s concept as his own and kept the well-known team of knowledgeable wine connoisseurs that dedicate their full attention to our customers in their wine and food pairing selections.
Allan brings 14+ years experience in general management, social media marketing, marketing writing and wording, coupled with his financial, accounting, and entrepreneurial background. His history of being an immigrant from South America in touch with several cultures of the world brings a fresh perspective to the wine selection process. His tenacity and eagerness to keep Pour’s concept alive is guarantee of another era of success for the store.
Allan has lived in Manhattan for nine years, and loves all cultural aspects of the city. Pour is the translation of his enjoyment of New York City, love of travel, and successful business career. Allan also has personal experience in wine trips and research in Bordeaux, the region of Côtes du Rhône and Beaujolais in France, Vale do Douro in Portugal and Napa Valley and is currently engaged in continuing wine education and taking French classes.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Will Ferguson has worked at Pour Wines since 2012 and has been the store’s Wine Steward since 2014. He is responsible for choosing all of the wines and spirits we carry, authoring the store’s wine notecards and descriptions, as well as maintaining the relationships with all of our suppliers. He holds a Level 3/Advanced Certification (with Distinction) from the Wine & Sprits Educational Trust, as well as accreditation from the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has traveled the world extensively, visiting wine regions and producers in Australia, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, and the US; and he is fluent in French and Italian. Trained as an opera singer, he maintains an active performing career appearing with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Australia; as well as the New York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, BBC Orchestra, The Mozarteum Orchestra, among others. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and enjoys Cru Beaujolais and Blanc de Blancs Champagne.