I’ve spent 17 years working in the wine trade, starting in the 90s as a shelf stacker in Oddbins, then running successful wine merchants in Kensington and the Cotswolds. I’m thrilled to be running Bristol’s oldest and best wine shop, ensuring it’s full to the brim with exciting wines for any budget.
Favourite wine region: I have always loved Burgundy and whenever I can I love to dip into Averys amazing collection of Premier and Grand Crus.
Wines I love: With Burgundy being a little out of my budget for every day drinking, I always turn to the Rhone. I’m a particular fan of Ferraton Père et Fils Crozes-Hermitage Calendes - surprisingly good with a simple roast chicken and Dauphinoise potatoes.
Favourite wine estate: Château Lynch Bages
Top wine tip: Don’t be scared to decant your wines and especially good white Burgundy. It makes all the difference.
Tia Barnard-Smith, Trade & Wedding Co-ordinator
I’ve worked in the wine trade for three years, most recently in a specialist Italian wine shop in Manhattan. I love helping couples find the perfect wines for their wedding and I also co-ordinate wine sales with local restaurants and businesses.
Favourite wine region: I’d have to say Piedmont. Nebbiolo is an incredible grape that has so many interesting expressions.
Wines I love: Marcarini Barolo. It’s bold, rustic and really complex. So good with a rich beef stew.
Favourite wine estate: A new discovery for me is Weinreich in Rheinhessen. Their Sekt is a knockout!
Top wine tip: Don’t feel intimidated to ask for advice. That’s why we’re here and we love to help people discover wines they really enjoy!
Rui Santil, Wine advisor & stock controller
I’ve worked in the wine trade and hospitality for the past 13 years, 10 in Portugal where I’m from and the last 3 years in England. I am passionate about Portuguese wines and love to visit as many wineries as possible. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, sports and spending time with friends preferably with a good bottle of Douro wine!
Favourite wine region: The Douro because it produces such an amazing range of wines – fortified, still and sparkling. Plus, it’s one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.
Wines I love: Louis Roederer Cristal. I had a chance to try this Champagne a few years ago and I can still remember the amazing taste sensation. Best enjoyed with a sharing plate of seafood especially oysters and king prawns.
Favourite wine estate: Quinta do Noval because they produce amazing Port wines and still wines.
Top wine tip: Choose the right wine for the perfect moment.
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