While managing a small restaurant in central Paris, Benedict caught the wine bug after tasting Bruno Clair’s Aloxe Corton GC and realising it tasted just like twiglets. This spark began his journey in learning everything he could about wine and upon returning home to London, he undertook the internationally acclaimed Wine & Spirit Education Trust program to further his knowledge and develop his understanding about wines from around the world.
In addition to managing boutique restaurants, he has also worked on several different wine projects from hosting pop-up wine bars to recently designing wine labels for British winemakers, Stanlake Park. However, his passion remains in hosting and curating private wine tasting events for both social and corporate groups. Forget all the other tastings you’ve been to, he brings new energy and dynamic approach that seamlessly combines hosting and educating, whilst providing clarity, joy and sass to the world of wine.
Niall, 28, is from Cambridge but living in London, and working on drinking and sharing as much wine as possible! Niall actually originally has an education in Zoology; managing living coral exhibits in London Aquarium amongst other things, but slowly and surely wine began to take over his life!
Working in a natural wine bar and restaurant in South London, and putting on private tastings on the side is where he cut his teeth in the industry and is now working with Ben on sourcing, selling and sharing the wines he loves to drink!
Having a background with natural wine, Niall always looks for conscientiously made wine. Smaller producers usually, who care for the environment as well as the final product.
Alfie, 4, comes in at 45kg. A big dog with a bigger heart. He takes us for regular walks, so we get fresh air and break from the computer screen. What a good boi.
We can’t believe the number of journeys in and around London this old banger has made this year. Averaging about 2 breakdowns a week, currently, all of them Benedict sorted himself (toolbox taking up valuable wine-space in the boot) with everything from smoke to not starting. At one stage we even pulled over and got a taxi driver back on the road. The largest load was 90 bottles of wine (15 cases) and I may have scraped a few speedbumps.
At almost 50 years old, it’s worth remembering that the cost of building a new car, including electric cars, has the equivalent carbon footprint of running 100,000 miles on the clock of a classic, making this 1971 Triumph Spitfire ULEZ compliant. With Boris’ new Lockdown measures, it looks like there are a lot more journeys to come, so let’s hope she stays true.
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