Bottle Apostle


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Staff: Our Bottle Apostles

Andrew’s early appreciation of wine was a love-hate relationship. He loved the wine but hated the snobbish, intimidating atmosphere of most wine shops. If you don’t have the knowledge, you are often made to feel uncomfortable rather than just excited about tasting new wines. So Andrew went to wine courses to gain that knowledge, then opened his own shop to cater to novices and aficionados alike. Since then Bottle Apostle has gone from strength to strength, including the Young Turks dinner in the Hempel Hotel, an array of great chefs hosting Supper Clubs in our cellar and the Telegraph Magazine’s award for Best Small Wine Shop 2011. His favourite wines? Italian whites and Corsican reds.
Chris escaped the hotel business 16 years ago to live in Australia, where he gained wine experience in the Hunter Valley before heading back to Europe for a Wine MBA. He looks after our five shops and all aspects of the company, having run other specialist merchants in London. His deep fondness for the wines of Portugal and Austria explains the focus Bottle Apostle has in these countries.
Dion grew up in South Africa, drinking 5th Avenue Duck (sparkling wine of the masses) and was delighted to find that in Europe we drink Champagne! Spurred on in a quest to taste better quality wine than he was used to drinking at South African weddings, he joined Majestic and spent many happy years sampling the tasting counter. It was there that he completed his WSET diploma. In his spare time he loves holidaying in wine regions and next on the list is definitely Portugal!
Bob visits us from Sheffield (yes Sheffield) every Wednesday to balance the books. He's personally responsible for keeping the local kebab shop in business!
Marc joins us each week and brings his extensive background in financial operations to Bottle Apostle.
Ros started working with wine because she wanted to be around cheerful people and decided that most people are in a pretty good mood when they are buying wine. She started at Majestic 6 years ago where she did her WSET Advanced and developed her passion for Spanish wines, in particular aged Riojas and Ribera del Dueros. Now she has moved on to exploring the wonders of Italian wine and is also really into her Port. She loves music too so there are always some good tunes floating about the shop.
Everything began 10 years ago during Marie's first harvest in Champagne, where she calls home. After studying Italian and travelling to Italy, she decided to work in the wine industry in France. Starting with the vines, she moving towards the winery and onwards to becoming a commercial assistant in Chablis before jumping to London. Marie firmly believes that wine is a pleasure, and the expression of a place and its traditional skills. Her favorite wines are from Burgundy, as they best to express their "terroir". She also has a passion for Italian wines, especially from Piedmont and Sicily.
Growing up in Hungary it was inevitable to develop a soft spot for wine – especially Tokaji (which in Laz's opinion is still the greatest wine EVER). He's been visiting vineyards from a tender age, helping with harvests (they know how to organise elementary school trips back in the day!). After getting a degree in Food Engineering, a multitude of job and countries followed, going the full circle, back into wine! Long years in the London hospitality scene, many inspiring teachers, and various courses, he just loves to imbibe in the world of wine. His absolute favs are from Hungary, Austria, Germany, and the gems of the former Eastern block countries!
Originally from Belfast, Ray moved to London in 1979. He holds a BA Architecture, lived a previous life as a band roadie and is married with two daughters. Being no stranger to the road, Ray now commands the Bottle Apostle van distributing our wonderful wines to restaurants and your front door. He drives London's streets like he owns them - what a boss! He also claims he has no wine knowledge, but we've noticed the man has a soft spot for Barolo, so he can't be too far off.
Obsessed by food, Thierry came to wine naturally appreciating that good food deserves good wine - and vice versa. Becoming a chef or a sommelier was his dream job when he was a kid but he instead became a legal counsel, using is spare time cooking and hosting wine tastings. After 10 years in law, he couldn't resist the call of the wine world anymore and was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team at Bottle Apostle. As part of his retraining, Thierry passed the WSET Level 2 and he can't wait to start the WSET Level 3. He's enthusiastic about natural wines and has a soft spot for wines from the South of France (Languedoc, Ardèche, Provence), Italy and Rioja.
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