Bottle ApostleStaff

Staff

Livia

Livia

When Livia first came to London, she told us she didn't even drink red wine, only white. From there, she took a wine course and it was soon to be love at first sight. She then worked at the biggest natural wine bar in London and grew her passion for natural wine. She recently sat her exams for Advanced WSET.  Her favourite wines are light-bodied, such as Pinot Noir or Sangiovese, as well as, aromatic whites from cool-climate regions, in particular, Austria, Germany and northern USA.

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.

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 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.

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.

Ivan

Born and bred in the same region as the Txakoli, wine passed from Ivan's stomach to his professional veins. He's worked in Michelin star restaurants as a sommelier, in wineries as a tour guide, and now, in wine retailing. His real passion is sharing his knowledge with everyone. Ivan loves teaching and became a WSET and Sherry Educator, so he's always pleased to spend some minutes to tell you a few stories about Jerez, Rioja, Bordeaux... or even why natural wines are a healthy choice for you.

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!

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.

Charlie

Charlie began his journey in wine by cooking for his father, who insisted if he was cooking nice food he’d serve good wine to go with it. His first and most enduring love is the Southern Rhone. Before joining us at Bottle Apostle, Charlie worked for nearly 4 years at Bibendum restaurant where the 700 odd wines on the list covered most regions. In 2016 he took a break and spent 6 months exploring as many wine areas in Australia as he could.

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.

Alessio

Alessio hails from Gallarate, a small city close to Milan. After studying economics and management in university he moved to London to learn English and experience England. In this time, he developed a passion in wine and excited to work in the wine trade. His favourite wines are Italian reds, such as Amarone di Valpolicella, and sweet wines from all around the world.

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 has hosted tastings in London, Hong Kong and Seoul and once taught a non-English speaker in China some handy French wine terms.

Sebastiano

Sebastiano

Born and bred in Piemonte Italy, Sebastiano had a passion for wine at an early stage in life. Even though he left Italy to take International business studies in California, his love for wines continued and even expanded, as various part-time waiting jobs in restaurants with great wine list allowed him to discover the beauty of world wines. A strong believer that wine is a form of art and studying it is a life-long learning experience, he decided to move to London where, in its diversity, has given him a unique opportunity to further experience world wines. He loves wines from the Cote du Rhone, Alsace and South Africa and is currently undertaking WSET courses as his life long learning experience continues.

Juel

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

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.

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!

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