I never intended to work in wine, it happened by chance. After I failed to get into ballet school, I ended up at Cambridge reading Modern Languages. It was there that a friend spotted an ad seeking a fluent French speaker to run the office of a wine importer.
The rest, as they say, 20+ years on, is history and I now run a busy buying team with a massive remit spanning producers across the globe.
When I’m not working or travelling, I’m mostly studying for my Master of Wine, running along the Thames, seeing something at Sadler’s Wells or the Barbican, in a pilates class or hanging upside down on aerial silks. Or skulking around the Shoe Room at Selfridges.
I love wine and the trade of it. As a product and a concept, wine is endlessly captivating, spanning science, art and philosophy. I get to meet so many interesting, passionate people. My mission is twofold – firstly, to help bring these producers, their wines and their stories to more people, who (I hope) will love them; and secondly: to help more people to discover and enjoy wine, whatever their budget. Wine should be fun rather than stuffy and intimidating.