Fine Wine Team
How did you get into the wine trade, specifically the Laithwaites Fine Wine Team?
I went straight into wine after graduating from university in 2002. Working first in shops around the UK and France, I joined Laithwaite’s in 2005 initially in the Wine Advisor team, before joining the Fine Wine team to help with the landmark Bordeaux 2009 primeur campaign.
What are your favourite styles of wine, are there any areas in which you specialise?
I hate to pigeonhole my tastes and do enjoy wines made in many different styles and from all over the world. That said, I tend to lean towards the Old World, and those New World wines made in cooler climates. In terms of specialisation, Burgundy and the Rhône are the areas that I co-ordinate from a Fine Wine perspective, with annual visits to taste from barrel helping me to get under the skin of these regions and the wines produced there.
Has there been a bottle that’s particular stuck in your memory?
Not a bottle, but a barrel sample. I had never tasted Château Pontet-Canet before I arrived at the property to taste the 2009 vintage, but wow, what an introduction! Packed full of such intense, complex flavours, but perfectly structures, it seemed to defy all logic
What do you do outside of the world of wine?
In common with most of my colleagues I support Liverpool when it comes to football. My rugby tastes are slightly odder. Being English, but introduced to the sport by my Welsh in-laws, I support Llanelli’s team, the Scarlets, as well as the England national side. I also love skiing, and am trying to establish a life-long love of the activity with my kids too.