Richard Weaver, Director of Retail & Digital
I've worked in the wine trade all my adult life, and have focused on online sales since 2000 when I built the first ever website for Majestic Wine. I completed my WSET Diploma in 2004. Since then I've experienced all sorts of change and progress, but have never lost my love of what's in the bottle.
Outside of work my young family keep me more than occupied, although when I get the time I love to cook and enjoy cricket, football and baseball.
I'm pretty eclectic in my wine tastes but I am partial to the wines of the Rhône and northern Italy. I adore Bertani's Vintage Edition Secco. I also love a fine Chardonnay and our newly added Seresin Estate wines from New Zealand really fit the bill. I also love a whisky or a rum, so I'm thrilled with the new sister site to GWC, Spirits Kiosk.
Edward Mercer, Business Manager
My interest in wine was sparked by my local merchant when I was at school in Lancashire, a fantastic cellar of a place called D. Byrne and Co of Clitheroe - now, I am pleased to say, customers of The Great Wine Co.
During a business degree at Northumbria University, an industrial placement took me to Seagram Distillers to work in global marketing for Chivas Brothers. I returned there for a stint post university but left the corporate high life and moved to Bath and into the wine industry with The Great Wine Co. Now more than four years later I am working with private clients, as well as on projects relating to the website and general retail marketing. My interests besides wine include running, skiing and good food.
Alan Nordberg, Shop Manager
I grew up in Twickenham and having studied Typographic Design at the London College of Printing back in the dark ages, I took a Christmas job at Oddbins in Richmond, with the intention of saving some money to travel the world.
However, that quest never happened and I found myself totally engrossed in the wine trade. I worked for Oddbins for six years, leaving London to manage two shops, Oxford Summertown then Cheltenham. Moving on from here, I found myself living in Bath.
I became the first manager of the new Majestic Wine in Brislington Bristol, the nineteenth store... I believe there over now over 200. Great Western Wine, who then sold mainly to the trade, invited me to expand their retail side. The rest is history. I've been in the wine trade for over 30 years and counting, and still have the passion and enjoyment for it, especially giving the best advice and service the old fashioned way. I enjoy fishing, good food, and of course wine.
There's an old saying in the trade "if it rains get a macon"!
Tom King, Fine Wine Manager
My role at The Great Wine Co. is to monitor and research the fine wine market, and to advise customers and colleagues on what to buy and what to sell. Consequently, I'm actively involved in the buying team, as well as keeping everyone informed of new developments with e-mail updates that I'm told are fun to read. I also have the onerous responsibility of tasting thousands of wines, both here and in the cellars of overseas suppliers.
With two decades' experience in the wine trade in both the USA and UK, and an Oxford degree, I expected the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits to be a breeze. I was wrong - it's a serious challenge. IF I pass, I MAY think about tackling the Master of Wine qualification. Perhaps.
Kate Robinson, Private Client Sales
Coming across from a well known fine-wine company I was excited to find so many boutique wines from smaller producers, with areas I had never heard of! Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône are all well known classics but I was suprised to find so many wines that matched them in style and quality - and sometimes for a better price! So my recommendations are classic wine styles, but from other parts of the world.
If you like white Burgundy try Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay from Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Shown next to a cru Meursault at our annual tasting, I would challenge anyone to spot the difference.
Rhône fans should try Ken Forrester's 'The Gypsy' from Stellenbosch in South Africa. It's a Grenache based Rhône blend in a true Châteauneuf-du-Pape style, with sweet oak and lovely Mulberry fruit.
James Braybrook, Private Client Sales
I’ve had a fascination with the wine industry for as long as I can remember. I have always been drawn to the culture and the dynamic people who work within it. I’ve had the pleasure of directly working with small to large producers with my time spent in Australia. I feel fortunate yet again to be working with premium small producers at The Great Wine Company.
I am kept very active at home with my young family, and when time allows, I am challenging myself with the WEST Diploma. Cooking and long country walks are loves of mine. Being a South Australian by heart I have a love of powerful reds, a fond favourite of mine is the bold and complexed Juan Gil Blue Label and for the whites the refined elegance of Trimbach Riesling.