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Chris Karasavvidis - Trainee Manager, Kew Shop
My interest in wine was sparked about 8 years ago when I moved to England from Australia. At the time I taught music and had performed and recorded with many talented friends and artists. It was only natural that I’d leave the teaching side of the profession to pursue a career in wine as it’s just so delicious, interesting and vast a subject. So 2 years ago, I made the leap and here I am. Pairing food with wine is what really excites me and sharing it with friends and family who think I’m taking it all a bit too seriously. They’ll catch on :)
After taking my qualifications as a sommelier and WSET Level 3 in Italy, and working in hospitality and wine retail there, I eventually moved to UK. Here I am completing the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines.What do I look for in a wine? To be surprised. The best wine in the world is the one that you have not tried yet!
Brendan Roberts - Assistant Manager, Kew Shop
Having lived in England long enough to see the English win the Ashes and a Scotsman take Wimbledon, my experience has mainly been through iconic restaurants and various wine bars in London after an initial stint in Oxford in 1994.
Cycling to Rome to celebrate my 40th (or was it my 50th?) is the sort of adventure that gets me out of bed , as does Italian and French wine. Old Sangiovese and Pinot Noir from Burgundy delight me no end. Ideally after a game of tennis.
Pippa Hayward - Specialist Wine Advisor, Kew Shops
One time Sommelier and Restaurateur turned Wine Educator and Travel Guide, I stumbled upon yet another wine based role here at The Good Wine Shop and added Specialist Wine Advisor to the list. I wear many hats but all relate to my favourite beverage. My “Desert Island Case “ would have to include Galician Whites and Bierzo Reds , fine Sherries, Grower Champagnes, Madeira and lots of Grenache, in all its guises. As a member of The Association of Wine Educators, I get to teach and learn……….never happier than when discovering a wonderful new wine, except possibly when drinking it.
Shaun Gregan - Wine Advisor, Kew Shop
After moving from New Zealand to the UK a few years ago I started working at awell known London chain, where I’ve cultivated a love for wine. I mostly enjoy Burgundy, Italian reds and Riesling but especially love Champagne. I’ll always do my best to recommend the perfect wine and my previous experience as a chef is a big help for food pairing too!
Mark Wrigglesworth - Director/Owner, The Good Wine Shop
My life in the wine trade started when I bought The Good Wine Shop in St Margarets in 2004. Before that wine was a passion and a hobby rather than my living. I had stints with start up businesses before that, in property group specialising in the mobile telecoms sector, as well as establishing and running an American Healthcare company’s UK offices. Having cut my teeth helping set up other people’s businesses I now wanted to venture out on my own and in an area I had a passion for. It was been a steep learning curve in the early days but I guess nearly 15 years on we must be getting something right and hopefully we will continue to thrive and grow. I am curious about wine in all its colours, grapes and styles but never like drinking the same thing again and again. Pinot Noir is a passion but so is white burgundy and Riesling too.