Bottle ApostleStaff

Staff

Andrew

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.

Ros

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.

Chris

Chris

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.

Laz

Laz

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 faves are from Hungary, Austria, Germany, and the gems of the former Eastern block countries.

Maria

Maria

Maria's love for wine began when sharing good Falanghina and Greco with friends at university. After graduating in "Chinese studies" she moved from Italy to Beijing and then to London where she started to work in a tea company. After running many tea tastings she decided to get her WSET certifications and live fully the world of wine. Her favourites are big Amarone and Portuguese white wines.

Alexander

Having grown up in Italy, Alex went to Hotel school and, after completing his diploma, decided to venture around the world from Bermuda to Australia via Miami, Asia and London discovering different cultures and cuisines and most of all listening and learning from great Sommeliers to discover their different styles and approach to customers. After 15 years, he joins Bottle Apostle to share his love of wines from all around the world. He does his best to try and drink a new wine (nearly) everyday but admits having a soft spot for the Nebbiolo grape and, in particular, Barolo - he blames his father who probably got it into his head at a young age!

Filipe

Filipe

Filipe originally hails from Madeira, Portugal. He loves Italian and Port wines and has visited many wineries in Italy and the Duoro and enjoys knowing the story behind the label - in particular, the terroir and production. He has spent 5 years working in hospitality, mostly in wine bars that specialise in Italian wine. He has professional Italian sommelier and WSET qualifications.

Teresa

Coming from a family where a good glass of wine had always been considered the perfect accompaniment to a good conversation, Teresa developed an interest for wine early on. Being Austrian, she got to appreciate her Grüner Veltliner just as much as a good Blaufränkischer. When moving to France at the age of 16 she also immediately fell in love with Champagne – both the drink and the region, where she participated in the wine harvest. After her studies in philosophy she moved to Lisbon and was amazed by both the variety and quality of the wines she got to taste there. After a tasting she therefore spontaneously decided to start working in a wine store in order to learn more about Portuguese wines in general, but Port in particular. Whenever she is not broadening her horizons in the domain of wines, she does so with respect to either philosophy or music which she is both equally passionate about!

Juel

Juel

Juel is our Marketing person. She has worked in wine since 2001 and has spent time in the vineyards of Australia, Lebanon, Spain, France and Italy. When she is not in Crouch End, she is hosting events, travelling to wine regions and writing about wine online and for wine publications.

Ray

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.

Marie-Camille

Marie-Camille

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.

Thierry

Thierry

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.

Alya

Alya

A former BBC Multimedia Producer and a well-travelled tango dancer, Alya reshaped her career in journalism when her accidental wine tasting club started getting more participants than available venues could accommodate. Since then she worked at Berry Bros. & Rudd, Laithwaite’s and WSET, wrote about wine for Forbes and other publications. With MAs in Journalism and Script Writing, Alya shared her opinions as a full IWSC judge, hosted tastings in London, Hong Kong and Seoul and once taught a non-English speaker in China some handy French wine terms. In her spare time, Alya likes nothing more than playing her grand piano and enjoying a glass of Ruinart with a copy of the FT Weekend nearby.

Marc

Marc

Marc joins us each week and brings his extensive background in financial operations to Bottle Apostle.

Bob

Bob

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!

Dion

Dion

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!

Wine Styles Guide
Lighter dry wines
Aromatic + off-dry to medium-dry whites
Rich + oaked whites
Sweet + dessert wines
Lighter-bodied reds
Structured, classic reds
Full-bodied, rich reds
Rose