National Off-Trade Sales
Stuart graduated in the early nineties … during a recession; and
with no where else to go but into wine retailing, he settled on a
good stint with the leading retailer of the time, Oddbins! Taking a
brief hiatus in his wine career (yes whatever next!) for a year
when he went to work for a charitable organisation, he quickly
found out how hard it was went back to the easier life of selling
Following a brief second period at Oddbins, Stuart moved to
venerable West Country traditional wine merchant, Avery's of
Bristol to head up their retail sales, and traded with and tasted
some of the world's greatest wines and founded his love affair with
classic French wine which still exists today.
Fast forward to the Millennium celebrations, and it was during a
slow drive back to Bristol from Devon, that the realisation dawned
on him that having spent some wonderful years within wine retail he
needed to get a 'proper' job in the wine trade! A spell at a
northern based national wholesaler/importer started, selling French
wines to the independent trade for six happy years before working
with the national retailers.
Stuart met his partner Jean, who also works in the wine trade
during this time and went on to have two wonderful children which
has kept them both pretty busy.
Having embarked on the MW Course and passing a year, the
realisation that studying at this level whilst balancing a career
and children was not easy so he has put his studies to one side in
the hope that he will go back to it.
When not working Stuart enjoys all the normal things us winy
types enjoy….like good food, good wine, good company and travelling
to foreign climates!
07789 983 374