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Meet the team

Who we are

The Tesco Wine Team is a diverse bunch, you might recognise familiar faces from the Tesco Wine Magazine or perhaps from our annual wine fairs, which are our chance to get out and about meeting the people who buy the wine we work hard to get on our shelves!

Wine Buyers

Meet the Tesco Wine Buyers! Together they cover 14 countries looking for interesting wines to offer our customers - they taste their way through all levels of wine, constantly tasting and blending to ensure that only the best examples reach you. All supported by a team of buyers working with suppliers to offer new and exciting wines

Wine Advisors

From weddings to parties, this team can find the perfect wine for your occasion. Need their help? Simply give them a call on 08450 269 998.

Laura Jewell- Master of Wine

Laura has been a Master of Wine for 15 years; only a few hundred people in the world hold this title so it's a pretty big deal! Laura is also the 13th chairman of the WSET, and is also the first woman to hold the post! She's passionate about encouraging people to try new wines, so she loves talking with members of the Tesco Wine Community about their new discoveries...

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

My degree was in Classics so it certainly wasn't an obvious choice. My father used to take me to wine tastings, and I met Maggie McNie MW at an early stage and became intrigued by the whole subject.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I did think about applying to the Navy about becoming a helicopter pilot, but I would probably have ended up doing event management.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

There is usually a bottle of Finest Premier Cru Champagne in the fridge as I love bubbles, and this really is one of my favourites. I also like refreshing whites such as our Finest St Mont, or Finest Picpoul de Pinet - unusual grape varieties but big on flavour.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Cooking - we have a lot of cookery books at home and try to do a new recipe each week from one of them. I am lucky enough to live near Borough Market in London, so have an amazing array of ingredients to hand.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

Wine is a fat free and cholesterol free product!!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

I would be a champagne, bubbly, vivacious, with a dry sense of humour, great for celebrations and an introduction to good food.

Graham Nash- Tesco Wine Buyer

Graham has spent over 20 years in the wine industry, including grape harvesting in Alsace and Bordeaux. He now concentrates on seeking out new and exciting wines for customers to try...

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I was 17 and my mother saw an advert for a job role with the title "Wine Student" at then based Colechester specialist Wine Merchant Lay & Wheeler.

I applied, was successful and on my first day was shown around their impressive cellar with lots of old and magnificent bottles and I knew there and then that I wanted to be a wine buyer.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Undoubtedly would have been a professional golfer.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Currently my favourite find a WBTC exclusive, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Sampaolo - magnificent.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Good food in general and steak in particular. Also playing Golf and Squash and watching Rugby Internationals. Love travel, time off with the kids, spending time with friends.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

There are over 1,000 grape varieties!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

German Riesling - out of fashion but worth getting to know.

James Griswood- Tesco Wine Buyer

James' first job in an off licence whilst at university ignited his love of wine. James has worked at wineries in France, South Africa and Spain. Spanish wines are a real passion, as is cooking so he's always eager to find the perfect food and wine combinations.

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I didn't initially decide on a career in the wine industry. I'd grown up within a family that enjoyed good wine, food, and regular travel to France, so wine was a normal part of everyday life. Then, when I was at university, I took up a part time job in a wine shop, mainly for the cash rather than specifically to work with wine. It was from there that I grew to love both the product and the industry around it, so decide I'd change direction and started my career in the wine industry.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Well, until I took the sideways step into a new career, I was studying Biology, enjoyed Natural History, had experience of working in a zoo, and imagined that one day I would be the next Jacques Cousteau or Jane Goodall. So, if I wasn't working in wine, then definitely something involving studying animals.... Preferably somewhere with decent weather!.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Impossible question to answer as my wine rack is always overflowing, and my fridge tends to have at least a couple of bottles open at any one time! I prefer to have two or three glasses of different wines rather than sticking with the same. I suppose my regulars would be dry Sherry (time of year and what I'm eating would dictate whether it's a Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado or Oloroso!), a decent Chardonnay, particularly Burgundy, or a gutsy Grenache, particularly from Spain or France.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Food and cooking. Although if you're into wine, I think it's fairly much a given that you are going to be a foodie as well! I can quite easily lose a weekend doing nothing but shopping for food, cooking the food and eating the food (repeated on Saturday and Sunday).

What is your favourite fact about wine?

Not a fact, but a quote from Madame Lilly Bollinger "I drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

Something sophisticated, complex, fine, well-bred...Ok, maybe not. Well, I'm fairly down-to-earth, so nothing too flash, I'd have to be a wine that's good with food. One with classic looking label and packaging on the outside but is actually a cheeky little number once uncorked. A wine that improves in the glass. I'll go for a good, modern-style, Grenache-led Cotes du Rhone Villages.

Lucy Clements- Tesco Wine Buyer

Lucy grew up in the Barossa Valley in Australia and so was surrounded by vineyards from an early age. Lucy has always had a love of all things French and enjoys seeking out new and exciting discoveries for Tesco customers...

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I always loved Chemistry (what a geek!) and also have a great love of all things French, including the language, and thought that maybe I could make wine in France one day. I was only 22 when I first went to France to make wine - so through lots of hard work and begging for jobs, I got my wish.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I would be a dentist. Weirdly, I love the combination of science and working with your hands too - just like being a winemaker.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Probably some very bold reds from Portugal/ Argentina/ Australia and some white Burgundy in the fridge.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Reading glossy fashion magazines, beautiful fabric stores in central London and museum gift shops.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

Brushing your teeth after a red wine tasting will make the toothpaste turn blue! It is all about pH and boring chemistry, but quite cool to see the red wine turn blue before your eyes.!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

I would be white burgundy - Chardonnay - as I can be quite bold and over the top sometimes but can be an elegant lady when required.

Charlotte Lemoine- Tesco Wine Buyer

What is your earliest memory of wine?

I always loved Chemistry (what a geek!) and also have a great love of all things French, including the language, and thought that maybe I could make wine in France one day. I was only 22 when I first went to France to make wine - so through lots of hard work and begging for jobs, I got my wish.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I would be a dentist. Weirdly, I love the combination of science and working with your hands too - just like being a winemaker.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Probably some very bold reds from Portugal/ Argentina/ Australia and some white Burgundy in the fridge.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Reading glossy fashion magazines, beautiful fabric stores in central London and museum gift shops.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

Brushing your teeth after a red wine tasting will make the toothpaste turn blue! It is all about pH and boring chemistry, but quite cool to see the red wine turn blue before your eyes.!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

I would be white burgundy - Chardonnay - as I can be quite bold and over the top sometimes but can be an elegant lady when required.

Charlotte Lemoine- Tesco Wine Buyer

What is your earliest memory of wine?

I used to watch my French grandfather pour himself a glass of wine at lunchtime in an ordinary glass and add water in it to weaken the alcohol... or maybe the taste?

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

When I lived in Sydney everyone assumed that because I was French I knew about wine and they would automatically hand me the wine list. I decided it would be useful to know more so I went for lessons. We had a great tutor and I fell in love with wine making and wine tasting. When I came back to the UK, I thought it would be a great idea to turn my passion into a job!

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I would be an international sand tester. I don't think it is a real job but I would be happy to rate beaches according to the quality of the sand there. My research would be very thorough.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

I'm not fussy so I have a wide range both in price and style. I would probably get stressed out if there was no Champagne in my house, but I could not say for sure as it has never happened.

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

I was lucky enough to sip chilled 20 year old Tawny Port overlooking the Douro Valley in Portugal, in the shade on a baking hot day. I think context plays a great part in the memories of the wine you taste.

If you were a wine, which would you be and why?

Probably a Barolo, sharp acidity and strong tannins but hopefully with an interesting complexity and delicate perfume as well.

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

Every summer I go to the South of France and if I'm there at the right time I love helping out at a small winery close by. We pick grapes at dawn and in exchange we are rewarded with a huge spread of bread, cheese and charcuterie. The winemakers are far too generous for the efforts we provide!

What is your favourite fact about wine?

In ancient Rome apparently 121BC was an excellent vintage! (Let us know if you have a bottle)

Nick Juby- Tesco Wine Buyer

Wine has been Nick's passion for over 30 years. Nick has the enviable job of putting together our mixed cases you'll find on the Wine by the Case, in fact he's sourced thousands over the years, always challenging himself to deliver a winning combination of great wines at the very best prices...

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I didn't really decide but I've been lucky enough to change my hobby and passion into my job!

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I would love to have been a pro golfer - or footballer -lack of talent precluded this so anything else would be dull by comparison!

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

A wide variety but both would be full!

What was the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

A bottle of Chateau Pichon, Comtesse de Lalande 1964 - again at university - a very kind friend offered me a glass - it was a Damascus moment -  it was stunning - soon as I tasted it I thought 'so this is what it's all about'.

What is the most beautiful wine region you have visited?

I love California, South America and New Zealand but in terms of sheer jaw dropping beauty it has to be the the winelands of South Africa.

What would be your best advice to someone interested in a career in the wine industry?

Passion and determination are key.

Phil Bennett- Marketing Manager

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I've always worked in Marketing at Tesco, and been passionate about putting our customers first. Working in the Wine team is brilliant as our customers are equally as passionate about our product.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I work in the online side of our Wine business, so I'm quite interested in technology... It'd probably be something along those lines.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

I'm relatively new to the Tesco Wine team, so am in the process of exploring the wide range we offer! You'd probably find a mixed case or two from our monthly Wine magazine - expertly chosen by our very own Nick Juby.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

The longest recorded champagne cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches, four feet from level ground at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

I was born in the USA before moving to the UK at a young age, I'd therefore have to be a bottle of California's speciality - Zinfandel.

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

An early morning hot air balloon flight, followed by a Champagne brunch in the Hunter Valley, Australia - unbeatable.

Alison Purdie- Marketing Manager

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I have worked in various different Tesco teams, but really enjoy the fast paced online environment where I currently work - so probably one of our other online businesses at Tesco.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

I'm brand new to the Tesco Wine Team, so I imagine this will vary a lot in the foreseeable future, as I try many different wines from our wide range and especially with all the great recommendations from the community members too!

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Baking - I love trying out new recipes, and sharing the outcome with friends, family and colleagues.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in volcanic lava, it buried more than 200 wine bars with it!

Charlotte Stebbings- Digital Marketing Executive

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I graduated from uni with a degree in Spanish and Portuguese and was looking for a job in which I could use my new language skills! I had always been interested in the world of wine and my sister at that time was working in a wine shop down the road so when a job came up in Wine PR, I jumped at the chance. I fell in love with it from the off set and went on to do my WSET exams, which I would recommend to anyone who is interested in wine. I haven't looked back since! 

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Travelling! I love to experience other countries and immerse myself in the culture of wherever I land. I think a job where I could travel the world would be what I would do if I hadn't fallen in love with the wine world!

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

I am a huge fan of Spanish wine and having spent a bit of time in Galicia, I'll always have a crisp and refreshing bottle of Albariño at the top of my wine rack or in the fridge. I'm also a Rioja fan, like many of our community members. If I'm feeling in a celebratory mood though, the first port of call is always a bottle of the finest* Premier Cru Champagne.

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

I'm not sure how it happened but a couple of years ago I signed up to go on a cricket tour to Bordeaux with some of my friends. The team were kindly invited to play a match at the stunning Chateau Giscours winery. Although I didn't take part in the game (!), I did enjoy visiting my first ever winery and setting up camp on the side-lines where we spent the afternoon enjoying a cool glass of Rosé in the sunshine. It was an incredible day and ended with a wine tasting and tour of the winery.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Good food, cooking, travel, skiing and spending time in good company. 

What is your favourite fact about wine?

The wreck of the Titanic holds the oldest wine cellar in the world and despite the depth and wreckage, the bottles are still intact!

Gemma Duncan- Wine PR Manager

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I sort of 'fell' into the wine industry - leaving university I was handed a brochure for the Majestic Wine Graduate training programme and I haven't looked back. Once I'd become part of the world of wine it didn't seem like a good idea to ever leave it.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I studied Psychology at uni and there was a time when I thought I might be an educational psychologist. But then to be honest I did also go through a phase of wanting to be an architect, and a vet, and a teacher...

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Depends on the company I'm expecting!

The wine rack is loaded with lots of gutsy reds in anticipation for some cosy Sunday roasts, and I currently have a couple of bottles of the finest Gavi in the fridge.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Scotland - I have no accent, I don't enjoy whisky and if I'm being completely honest I don't really like haggis either, so some might say that I'm not much of a Scot -  but when I'm home there is nowhere else with those views and the refreshing air that leave you feeling totally rejuvenated and relaxed.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

I wish I could say I was elegant and refined like a good white Burgundy - but sadly I tend towards the more clumsy spectrum, so I'll call that lively, fun and great for a party - perhaps Prosecco - or even Pignaletto!

Ben Kelly- Tesco Wine Advisor

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I would love to say skiing but realistically I would probably be doing something with property.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

It would have to be the finest* Chablis and Wirra Wirra Church Block.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Sports; any of them really but main focus for playing at the moment are golf and Triathlons.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

Wine vines are the most widely planted fruit crop in the world!

What is your earliest memory of wine?

Really it was my first experience at about 17 when I was in Margaret River, Western Australia, barrel tasting with the wine maker at a small estate call Tuart Ridge. 

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

Dinner and Cigars at Dom Perignon!

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

1986 Chateau Yquem - I never liked sweet wines until I tried it.

Jo Mansell- Tesco Wine Advisor

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

A love of drinking wine, the power wine has to bring together a group of people you might not otherwise expect, and the never-ending learning curve.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I used to be a Personal Trainer before moving into the wine industry.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Aussie Shiraz, Argentinian Malbec, Prosecco and Alsace Gewurztraminer.

What is your earliest memory of wine?

Drinking cheap bag in a box wine as a poor uni student otherwise known as 'goon' in Australia!

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

Tasting the Peter Lehmann portfolio with renowned winemaker Andrew Wigan.

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

1993 Chateau Margaux with Charles Metcalfe at a vertical Chateau Margaux tasting - without this opportunity, I wouldn't be able to afford to buy this prestigious wine!

What would be your best advice to someone interested in a career in the wine industry?

Taste at every opportunity - without tasting wine it is impossible to know the joy of finding the right one.

Freddie Faull- Tesco Wine Advisor

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

There are a diverse range of roles within the industry, I can change my job entirely and remain with wine. A lot of opportunity to eventually travel and work overseas.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Some sort of journalism, I like to be on my feet and work in different environments, meeting different people every day.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

I always like to have wine with food so probably a Malbec from Argentina for steak, or maybe a Chianti for an Italian dish.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

I enjoy watching boxing, I love music and travel.

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

Having some Chilean Syrah with some Japanese Steak!

If you could invite three people to a fantasy dinner party. who would they be?

Mike Tyson, Christopher Hitchens, Mark Twain.

What would be your best advice to someone interested in a career in the wine industry?

Start in the field!

Dirk Kind- Commercial Manager

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

Having trained as an accountant, I realised that excitement levels were not going to be too high. So I started getting more involved in my hobby, wine, and ended up joining Lay & Wheeler. 10 years on I still consider myself as pursuing my hobby!

What's your earliest memory of wine?

My father bringing back a bottle of Blue Nun from a business trip to Europe!

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Being a big fan of German Riesling there are always more than a few bottles to hand...

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

The Blues, especially Muddy Waters and Screaming Jay Hawkins!

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

Attending any of the Tesco Wine Fairs - it is always a pleasure to meet customers face to face and to be able to help them explore the wine world.

What's the most memorable bottle you've enjoyed and why?

A 1983 Erdener Pralat Auslese by Dr Loosen - this was tasted with Ernie Loosen at a tasting in London and is my most memorable wine tasting experience yet! I also once handled a bottle of 1815 Ferriera port, which conjoured images of Waterloo and the realisation that most wine is a time capsule of the year they were produced.

Nick Hood- Commercial Manager

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I'm afraid I can't be more romantic, but it was locality! I came back from my post University travels (during which coincidentally I'd worked on an Australian vineyard) and got a job in a local call centre for a wine company, I worked my way through the ranks and the rest is history, it's fair to say that the product (and the characters it attracts) has kept me in the industry though.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

I think I would have been a (third generation) teacher, in a perfect world it would combine teaching History and Sport.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

I generally don't like to stick with one thing for too long, but I always try to have a decent Pinot Noir (Central Otago or Burgundian), Barossa Shiraz, Old Spanish red and a good Sangiovese available - whites wise I love Albarinho, Chenin Blanc (French and South African) and (when I can afford it!) a Burgundian Chardonnay, they're all lovely but I'd opt for a Montrachet. I'd love to say I've always got some Champagne on the go, but I don't!

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

I love all man-powered sports - watching or playing (less so as I get older) and would say that a perfect day out would be watching the cricket in the sun with some mates and a decent bottle on the go. I used to love watching Robin Smith and David Gower batting for Hampshire when I was a kid and I was lucky enough to see Malcolm Marshall bowl as well. Reading, Films, Music and cooking also get a mention, life is full of so many great sensory experiences and something that'll knock your socks off is always round the corner, I hope I properly appreciate all of the things I have had the chance to experience.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

I like that generally the harder a vine has to work to produce grapes, the better and more concentrated the flavour and character!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

Anything that gets to grow in New Zealand!

John McFadyen- Tesco Wine Advisor

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

Just a bit of luck, I returned from holiday and a job was available. It was the final day to apply so I guess it was meant to be.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Graphic design or working for an F1 team travelling the world

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

NZ Sauvignon Blanc

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc de Blanc, 1999 It's delicate, harmonious, complex and refined (None of these match me but I can always hope).

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

Tesco Wine Fairs!

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

Drinking Tattinger Champagne vintage 1998 while watching fireworks at night from a boat in the middle of a lake with my family after I got married.

What would be your best advice to someone interested in a career in the wine industry?

Start tasting wine! Also sign up for a WSET course.

Kevin Meehan- Tesco Wine Advisor

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

At least one Chardonnay at all times.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Multi-Michelin starred chef!

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

Barolo - Mature, interesting and great with food.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Food, travelling and of course my wife.

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra - The winemaker, whose great, great grandfather planted the vines, was showing me an aerial view of the vineyard on an i-pad and explaining how the different patches of vines had different influences on the wines they were showing. A fascinating mix of history, technology and truly breath-taking wine.

What would be your best advice to someone interested in a career in the wine industry?

Get out there and meet people, go to tastings and never stop trying new wines.

Kevin Meehan- Tesco Wine Advisor

What is your earliest memory of wine?

When I was late teens drinking Liebfraumilch.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

An auctioneer assistant!

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Australian Wine red or white.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

My family and dogs.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

Everybody has a different point of view and there is no right or wrong.

Name one of your favourite experiences involving wine?

Working at wedding fairs dealing with potential new customers and introducing some of our wines.

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

Berberana Rioja the night my daughter got married, it was bliss to have everything all done and it happened without any disasters.

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

A powerful red as my favourite saying is "I may be wee but I am powerful"

Mark MacFarlane- Tesco Wine Advisor

What made you decide on a career in the wine industry?

I have always loved a glass or two of wine so when the opportunity arose to join the Tesco Wine Advisors, I jumped at the chance and now my work is talking about the thing I love.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Travelling the world.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Malbec, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chablis, Muscadet and anything else that takes my fancy when I do the big shop.

Other than wine I have a great love of...?

Sport, Films, Documentaries and socialising.

If you were a wine, which would you be and why?

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - everyone loves me!

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

Waipara Hills Pinot Noir was the first wine we tasted when I joined the team and just loved that I finally met people who loved wine as much as me.

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

Berberana Rioja the night my daughter got married, it was bliss to have everything all done and it happened without any disasters.

If you were a wine, which one would you be and why?

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - everyone loves me!

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

Waipara Hills Pinot Noir was the first wine we tasted when I joined the team and just loved that I finally met people who loved wine as much as me.

What would be your best advice to someone interested in a career in the wine industry?

No opinion is a wrong opinion, believe in yourself.

Ryan Barrie- Tesco Wine Advisor

What is your earliest memory of wine?

My earliest memory of wine was when I was 21 and studying for my Bachelor of Arts honours in Business Administration .I took a group of students on a 4 week placement to Angouleme, on the Charente River in western France. The amount of wine and Cognac that we encountered was amazing and of course of amazing quality.

If you hadn't chosen a career in wine, what do you think you would be doing instead?

This is a tough one; I have developed a range of businesses over the last 15 years so something to do with consultancy I think.

What wine could we expect to find in your fridge or wine rack?

Predominantly a big red, a Tim Adams or an Argentinian Malbec. As far as my fridge is concerned my wife does not like white wines but I love most New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.

What's the most memorable bottle you have enjoyed and why?

Hard Question, perhaps a bottle of Torres Viña Esmeralda that I shared with Mark, JP and a stranger called Ben we met on the way home from the Edinburgh fair. A very memorable experience indeed.

If you were a wine, which would you be and why?

I would be a New Zealand white, mostly because I love the Sun and the Sea breeze.

What is your favourite fact about wine?

There are 49 million bubbles in a 750ml bottle of champagne!

Other than wine, I have a great love of...?

Music, Football (Dundee United) and spending time with my family.

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