Chilled reds and easy drinking whites to see you through barbecue season.
The Wines of BBQ Season
Ice buckets at the ready!
Sweltering heat and long sunny evenings mean seasonal tastings are all the more inviting. Restaurants Toast.ed, Soif and Terroirs bring you some of their most thirst quenching events to see you through the summer months...
Summer Events Round-Up
Tastings, parties and more
Sarah Morris and Iwo Jakimowicz make up the S + I in SI. They are a pretty strong pair, growing their vines in both Western Australia and north-eastern Spain. Along with wine making, Iwo is among other things, pretty good at breeding chickens. He tells us more...
Meet SI Vintners' Iwo
Worlds collide on wine
Come rain or shine the (somewhat soggy British) summer means that it is officially time to crack open the rosé and enjoy its pinky hues. Here we try some cracking rosé from De Martino, Fuchs und Hase and Express Winemakers...
Pink is Back
Rosé to enjoy this summer
Our Eric and Doug are included in The Telegraph's Food and Drink Power List 2017. Click to check out the company they're keeping...
Telegraph Power List
Les Caves make the top 50!
Get to know John and Nicole Bojanowski, the pair behind Clos du Gravillas in the Languedoc-Roussillon. We discover how they ended up making wine and what they'd be doing if they weren't......
Whose Wine is it Anyway?
Meet John and Nicole Bojanowski
As the Real Wine Fair takes a rest until 2019 we recap the highs of 2017. The wines, the food and the people that made it all happen.
The Realest of Real Wines
A Rundown of RWF 2017
Welcome to our Hotel California, not a palatial guest house, more of a rusty lean-to out back...
New Eagles Have Landed
Part 2: California
Quenching the thirst of northern wine lovers with some of Les Caves' finest, our tasting at Manchester's Salut showcased exciting selections from the Old and New World.
Les Caves Goes North!
Salut Tasting Review
Riddles wrapped in mysteries inside enigmas inside leather folders or comprehensible joyful reads? Whatever a wine list looks like to you, fear not, here are some thoughts to consider next time you're about to don your reading glasses or in the process of putting together a new wine list.
For drinkers and sommeliers
A magnum is not just a powerful handgun in Clint Eastwoodland or a powerful chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream on a stick. It is also a powerful looking bottle...
Our Magnum-ficent Selection
“I begin to long for some little language such as lovers use, broken words, inarticulate words, like the shuffling of feet on pavement.” ~ Virginia Woolf
Words to the Wine
Get Creative with your Wine Speak
Get to know Craig Hawkins, the guy behind Testalonga in Swartland, South Africa. If he were a grape variety he'd be Grenache, and if not a winemaker he might be a game ranger. We find out how his winemaking career came about and more......
WHOSE WINE IS IT ANYWAY?
Meet Testalonga's Craig Hawkins
I love skin contact wines. To me they offer something different in terms of the experience of the wine. They can be wholesome, nourishing, filling the mouth in a unique way, unveiling textural complexity and subtle tonal shifts...
Look Back in Amber
The Joy of Skin Contact
Be a part of Real Wine Month with our May Mixed Case! 12 bottles, 6 wines and free delivery for £190.20...
For Real Wine Month
Mixed case with free delivery!
This November is jam packed with events and tastings to wake up your taste buds...
The Best of November
Tasting & Events
It is very rare that we have the opportunity to take the whole sales team to a country to meet and spend time with all of our growers. This was an amazing and thoroughly rewarding trip, one which showed why Austria is gaining such a strong reputation in the wine trade...
Tales from Austria
'SKIN CONTACT: Development of an Orange Taste' has just been released by Bottle Films...
Development of an Orange Taste
Explore the I Vigneri Vinudilice, Warnung Etsdorf and Forlorn Hope Kumo To Ame...
Rosé Season is Upon Us
3 Grown-Up Pinks
Get the lowdown on all of our exciting new wines waiting to the hit the shelves!
Read up on Doug Wregg's recent buying trip to the U.S covering California, Oregon, New York and Vermont!
Stateside Buying Trip
Part 4: Vermont
Read up on Doug Wregg's recent buying trip to the U.S covering California, Oregon, New York and Vermont!
Stateside Buying Trip
Part 3: Oregon
Read up on Doug Wregg's recent buying trip to the U.S covering California, Oregon, New York and Vermont!
Stateside Buying Trip
Part 2: Utah
Stateside Buying Trip
Part 1: California
A tribute to the late Aimé Guibert in celebration of his life, loves and achievements. He will be profoundly missed...
The Real Wine Fair 2016 has come and gone and proved to be a roaring success! Read all about it here...
RECORD-BREAKING REAL WINE
Read up on the fantastic 'Disgorging Vintage Recaredo Cava' event, run by The Remedy...
Cava not Cava
Checking the pulse of the UK alternative wine scene...
The UK's Alternative Wine Scene
Read all about the latest Australian delights from Domaine Lucci, Patrick Sullivan, Gentle Folk & Bill Downie...
New Australian Wines
Come and join us at Terroirs for the film premiere of ‘Skin Contact: Development of an Orange Taste’ on 19th April!
Skin Contact: Orange Wines
Elisabetta Foradori joins Skye Gyngell at Spring for a one night event of wine and dinner pairing. Biodynamic wine meets biodynamic produce over four courses and five selected wines introduced by Elisabetta herself...
Elisabetta Foradori & Skye Gyngell
There are plenty of reasons to get excited about The Real Wine Fair...
The Real Wine Fair
Welcome to Flavour Country
“The Real Wine Month” is a nationwide promotion highlighting organic, biodynamic and natural wines running throughout April, 2016. Click here to find out more…
Real Wine Month
After a break of one year, the Real Wine Fair is returning to Tobacco Dock in Wapping on 17-18 April 2016.
The Real Wine Fair
Event Returns for 2016
Our New Arrivals tasting at Terroirs proved to be a roaring success! Click here to get the low-down.
New & Recent Arrivals
Terroirs wine bar & Les Caves' Doug Wregg present a small selection of weird and wonderful wines from the West Coast of America over a delicious 4 course dinner! Click for more details...
The United States of Wine
Wine dinner at Terroirs
Join Les Caves’ very own Didier Cappa for a tasting of the superb wines of Foradori!
Foradori Wine Tasting
Presented by Didier Cappa
A celebratory evening for Les Caves at the annual Harpers Wine & Spirit Awards!
Best in Show
Les Caves de Pyrene had the pleasure of exhibiting at the Three Wine Men tasting on the 4th & 5th December at Church House, Westminster! Click to find out more...
THREE WINE MEN REVIEWED
Our Wines Shine at Celebrity Tasting
Joyous energy in evidence at Les Caves' Italian tasting at Vini Italiani in South Kensington...
Tasting Takes in Tuscany & Beyond
Our new portfolio of Californian and Oregon producers was showing well in an autumn tasting at The Orangery, Cavendish Square in London. Here's a selection of the wines that Les Caves staff found most enticing
Staff picks from US tasting
A gastronomic tasting tour of London with our Spanish expert David Canadas
Real Sherry Tapas Walks
Fine sherry and fine dining
Owner of Golden Cluster Jeff Vejr tells us about the development of winemaking in Oregon and a tale of rediscovered Semillon vines...
Interview with Oregon's Jeff Vejr
Les Caves' Feats of Clay tasting brought together 15 producers and more than 40 wines, all with the distinction of having being vinified in clay pots: qvevri, amphora or tinaja.
Feats of Clay tasting
When the celebrated steakhouse Hawksmoor opened its first northern outpost, Les Caves de Pyrene was on board to provide four wines for its eclectic list...
House wine at Hawksmoor
Spanish red, perfect for steak
Doug Wregg will host an evening of exciting British food and Les Caves wines at Counter Albion in London on 25th November. Email: [email protected] to book your spot...
Les Caves wines at supper club
The story of a Chilean winemaking family, their friendly horses, and some crazy vines
The wild vineyard
Villalobos: the art of nature
You have spent a lot of time and money on your wine education. So it is upsetting it is when some of your colleagues begin championing 'unusual' wines. It just won't do...
Don't like natural wine?
Jamie Goode's here to help
Meet the new Chiantis rubbing shoulders with other fresh-faced Italian arrivals in Les Caves' latest Italian tasting
Italy comes to South Ken
Christmas indulgence from Tartiflette Tuesday's to magnum parties...
The Best of December
Tastings & Events
With 50 growers representing 26 different regions of Spain, Viñateros! is a one-day event in February at London's Tate Modern, which our resident Spanish buyer, David Cañadas believes could be the most exciting all-Spain tasting ever held in the UK. Read on to find out why...
A Spanish wine revolution
Tate Modern, Tue 21 Feb 2017
THE LES CAVES TEAM
Affectionately known as Le Grand Fromage. An all-action rugby player until his knees (and various other parts) gave out, Eric moved to England in the 1980s, taking up the cause of natural wines from his homeland with typically Occitan flair. Now dividing his time between London and Sicily (making wine on the slopes of Mount Etna with partner Anna Martens and their two sons), he is very much the spirit and guiding light of Les Caves de Pyrene, its presiding palate and ideas guru.
Founder & Chairman
As one of its founding spirits Liz’s memories of Les Caves de Pyrene date back to prehistoric times when Les Cavistes were indeed caves dwellers and wine lists were Gascon-heavy and verbiage-small. In those days of yore Liz was Jack (Jill?)-of-all-trades in the company, performing umpteen vital jobs – often at the same time. Now she beavers away tirelessly as Liz the-techo-fiche-geek, cross-examining our growers on the whys, wherefores and SO2 levels of their wines, and not accepting “non”, nor Gallic shrugs, for an answer.
The voice of reason. Amy’s efficiency and super-powers of organisation have propelled her speedily through the ranks at Les Caves de Pyrene. Since becoming operations manager in 2013, she has been the very glue of the company - involved in every aspect of organisation and corporate strategy. In 2015 Amy was appointed managing director - despite the gravitas that the position confers she is still the partiest animal in the Les Caves menagerie.
Former sommelier Doug was an early recruit to Eric’s merry band and is author to the epic poem/doorstop that is the Les Caves de Pyrene wine list. Recently, he has been allowed out to play and is cultivating a role as a wine buyer in several foreign fields. The rest of his time is spent herding stray cats in the sales team and blogging his heart out. His appearances at the office are so infrequent that he is reputed to be a mythical creature and for this reason has acquired his folkloric sobriquet, Sir Wregg.
Sales & Marketing Director
As Philippe can testify, it is dangerous to get drunk with Eric because you may find the King's Shilling at the bottom of your glass. Our senior French wine buyer looks after some pretty groovy accounts in London, where he will often take a "quick bite of lunch". For three hours. Monsieur Lubac has accumulated a formidable personal cellar over the years (or, as we call it, Grand Cru Cooking Burgundy), his knowledge of the wines of the Rhone valley is encyclopaedic and he never wears the same tasteful designer t-shirt twice.
Director & French Buyer
David is one of a long line of members of staff hewn from the Oddbins block and our expert on all things Iberican. He was born in Madrid but raised in Letchworth, somehow emerging from this reversal of fortunes with humour and grace intact. Having resolutely put Spain on the map for Les Caves de Pyrene, he also doubles as senior account manager and is trying to teach the world to love and respect sherry.
Director & Spanish Buyer
Half-French and half-Italian (Fritalian?), Didier wears two colourful Mediterranean hats - but not at the same time. He first encountered Les Caves whilst working behind the bar at Cellar Gascon in Smithfield, where the Pacherenc flowed unpronounceably alongside the gateau basque. He started at Les Caves on the phones (as we say) before eventually donning the shoe leather as a sales rep. A key member now of the sales and management team, Didier also shares responsibility for buying the wines of his mother-and-father-lands.
Director & Italian Buyer
After graduating from Bristol University, by way of Oddbins, erudite Will crossed paths with a certain Mr Scholes when serving him a Guinness (what else?) at a local pub and was persuaded that he would be better off at a certain company up the road... He has embraced the challenge magnificently, and may often be spotted wistfully swirling a glass of something cloudy as he makes his rounds, accosting anyone prepared to listen to his ramblings on carbonic maceration and the judicious use of sulphur.
Business Support Manager
Our Dario is a mash up of Sardinian and German genes. Pick the Riesling bones out of that Cannonau. Now a double-digit Les Caves vet Dario not only sells our Italian portfolio to the London, ahem, (rhymes with raffia), but as part of the Italian buying team, liaises with our many growers. His regional wine maps are a thing of beauty – and very useful to boot, and his customer trips to the land of the boot are planned with military precision, guaranteed to result in shock and awe.
Italian Buyer & Sales Representative
24/7 party animal Carlo has more nicknames than any one at Les Caves. Lupo. Bello. Bello Lupo. And Lupo Bello. (We’re not very imaginative). A native of Puglia, and a talented former-sommelier, Lupo has a fearsomely good palate and can spot cork taint before the bottle is even opened. He brings colourful emotion to the monochromatic world of wine-selling and has many devoted customers to whom he is also devoted and can be observed of an evening carousing in all of Hackney’s brightest and beautiful watering-holes.
AKA Boardie. Yes, we’re that good with nicknames. James patrols the southern borders of our sales empire, seeking to educate the natives in the ways of the natural force (thereby needing the patience of a small green Jedi). Recently, James has been blessed by fatherhood. The twins should keep him out of mischief for the next eighteen years. One of life’s natural athletes, James is a mean footballer and can whack a golf ball with alacrity miles into the fynbos in the Bot River region.
Mr one N and two Ts is a sun-baked roué, can party like it’s 1974 and is liable to launch into a segway of the filthiest ditties and shanties known to man. Phil’s past is equally as colourful as his occasional singing forays and he speaks Spanish with the confident lithp of a native hipther. The genial Jekyll side to his Mr Hyde is muchos respected by his customers, who value his diligence, politeness and willingness to wine-train recalcitrant members of staff who’d muchos rather be sinking a few lagers!
Inveigled to join Les Caves many moons ago when he was the buyer for Villandry restaurant, rugby-dad Gid manages only behemoth accounts - with the odd gargantuan one. All the world’s his spreadsheet; he loves marshalling his armies of statistics. He buttonholes our buyers with requests for wines that we’ve never heard of (decent Prosecco rose, decent Pinot Grigio rose…). No blush Zin so far... A danger to the Atlantic pulpo population he’s racked up more trips to Galicia than the rest of the company put together.
Laura hails from Ireland and still sports the gentle brogue of her homeland. She formerly worked at a biodynamic Italian wine estate, immersing herself thoroughly in wine (not literally) and there acquired her love of the subject and Italian culture. On her return to Blighty she managed the award-winning Loire-focused wine list at The Green Man & French Horn, where she acquired the priceless Les Caves ability to wax lyrical on the 57 varieties of Chenin.
No serious party in South London is worth its salt without a visitation by the TT. Former general manager of the Lindsay House in Soho our own Mr Congeniality has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the late night/early morning watering holes in London. When he isn’t selling his reproduction French(y) furniture for an armchair or a table leg TT consorts with the upper echelons of the French restaurant, ahem,… rhymes with mafia.
Andrea Ash… Ask… represents Les Caves de Pyrene north of the Watford Gap. In the north of our scepter’d isle they are want to call a spade a spade and Pinot Grigio wine, but Andrea is slowly civilising the indigenous populations and hawking wines other than barely fizzy Prosecco by the keg. Our Andrea likes a riff on a stiff quiff and comes to each sales meeting modelling a different hair gel and is known to pack the entire contents of his bathroom cupboard for brief trips abroad.
Leaving behind her career in the world of opera and classical music, Breton-born cellist Line has brought her vibrant, spirited nature to the Sales Support orchestra. When it comes to imbibing, she has always possessed a suitably esoteric palate (aubergine tea anyone?) but the latest string to her vinous bow has been the discovery of the strange charms of the Savagnin grape. She has now set herself the immense task of ‘tasting the Jura’. Expect our minuscule allocations of Ganevat and Houillon to be further reduced to satisfy the curiosity of this avid taster!
Yet another of Les Caves’ vinyl-spinning charmers Charlie Prymaka was brought in to communicate with the strange hipster tribes of Eastern London, where he has since settled and now speaks their language like a native. Having originally worked for Indie Wineries in the US (he knows his way around an obscure natural wine or several), he arrived to take the reins as events manager at Terroirs and shocked and awed the public with his famous wine boot camps. Now he shocks and awes our trade customers with some shocking(ly) and awful(ly) (good) natural wines. Natch!
With the Mission Impossible theme playing in the background our Elena P pilots the supertanker that is the CdP shipping department. She is the multi-tasking polyglot’s polyglot conversing at a million miles an hour with our growers across the planet. She’s thoroughly familiarised herself with the arcane procedures of groupage, shipping procedures, types of containers – an education in itself. Cracking the whip (in the nicest possible way) Elena ensures that we receive wines from the farthest shores of manana-shire (except Crete).
Shipping & Logistics Manager
Charles “Mr” Porter used to drive one of our battered old vans in the days of waybackwhen delivering Gascon goodies to the local French bistros and pubs. Now he sits in the shipping lane despatching orders all o’er and wrestling with the linguistic linguine of unpronounceable cuvées and growers’ names. A keen cyclist our Mr Porter has also been known to take to the high seas (or the Solent) in a yacht, trying to avoid the shipping lanes!
Signor Jackson (told you our nicknames were imaginative) is our shipping magnet (boom-boom) and pores over the ancient runes (and ruins) of our stock sheets. Tipple-wise he’s not averse to the Pinot-ier things in life - Gevrey-Chambertin goes down well apparently. His other knotted handkerchief is as a DJ extraordinaire, and he’s wont to wax lyrical on the esoterica of mixing desks and whatnot. His fave rave destinations include Thailand and Cambodia and a certain wine bar in Barcelona.
Another of our resident polyglots Laura can converse in French, Spanish with a little Italian. Her language degree led initially to a career selling book rights (her proudest claim is to have sold books on French cheese to the French). Dealing with three children under the age of 3 has given her experience in time management and diplomacy, useful for working in our busy shipping department! Laura’s not averse to wine with bubbles (Champalou Brut a fave tipple, Gerbais if you’re paying), otherwise prefers to sup the light ‘n’ fruity stuff.
Hailing from the land of Prosecco, cycling enthusiast and polyglot Laura brings an in depth knowledge of all things sparkling to Les Caves Shipping Department. Spending her childhood exploring her grandparent’s vineyard and teenage years wine tasting with her father, she is somewhat of an expert on her native Veneto region of Italy. When not observing the merits of different Prosecchi, baking magician Laura can be found creating an endless number of baked goods.
Skilful linguist Vanessa is often given the unenviable task of contacting our more hermetic growers to prise info out of them. An essential part of the Real Wine Fair organising team, she’s goddess of the spreadsheets and has perforce had to immerse herself in any sort of organisation and logistics. Known as Audrey Hepburn (the eyes have it!) Ness loves anything artsy-crafty from jewellery making to pottery. She loves discovering new interesting wines – Patrick Sullivan's Haggis is a particular favourite!
PR & Events
Vicky is another member of our superstar team beavering away in PR and events. She is responsible for updating our multiple lists and trying to upload the avalanche of new wines that arrive unannounced every month. (It aint gonna stop!). An avid tea drinker and amazing chef she loves holidays and sunshine and is a big rugby fan – no surprise having spent eight months in New Zealand. Vicky’s idea of bliss (which is how they say bless in NZ) is a chilled glass of Albarino o’erlooking an azure seascape.
PR & Events
Ben joined Les Caves at a tender age upon graduating from Plumpton College. He heads up the crack team on our sales desk, doing his utmost to keep our customers happy and their glasses full. Ben sports a bewildering array of eclectic tastes in film, music and literature, and is a gung-ho adventurer, liable to take himself off to some of the less hospitable corners of the globe - including North Korea and Eastern Ukraine. Being no stranger to danger he should be right at home with volatile natural wines.
Head of Sales Support
Banjo-playing, bird-watching mathematician (what are the odds of that??) James has brought his eternally cheerful outlook and disarming enthusiasm to the sales island. He has also been broadening his wine horizons after a long stint at Majestic, and has already developed a truly eclectic palate. While harbouring a soft spot for the classical Chateauneufs of Barroche, he especially enjoys challenging the taste buds of his former colleagues with wines such as skin-contact Rkatsiteli – bravo!
Self-confessed wordsmith and book-worm, Elliott works his cheeky charm with the punters. His jocular reputation has resulted in a ‘pun jar’ being installed to curb the constant flow of witticisms. From Hemingway to Harper Lee (what - both books??), there’s not much he hasn’t read and although book and wine matching has yet to go mainstream, the Foillard Morgon Côte du Py is a good place to start we’re told!
Pete is cool as a cucumber when it comes to meeting the needs of our on-trade customers. Another convert from the Majestic stable, he was first introduced to the portfolio with some of our skin-contact Georgian offerings, although he still has a soft spot for a “big” Chardonnay every now and then. A history-loving wanderlust with plenty of stories to tell (ask him about being mistaken for Michael Owen on the Argentinian/Chilean border by customs officials). A lot has also been mentioned of his singing ability of 90’s pop classics, so a karaoke evening will be arranged to see if the rumours are true!
Calm and focused, Rhiannon joins our Sales Support team following an Antipodean adventure starting in Margaret River where, while chasing the surf, she discovered the local vino (Si Vintners being a particular favourite). Rhiannon worked at Voyager Estate for two vintages before tasting her way around Central Otago where she gained an encyclopaedic knowledge of NZ producers. She is now back on home shores, however she still keeps close to the sea with plenty of sailing in her spare time – surfing hasn’t quite caught on in the Solent yet!
Passionate and driven, our rock-and-roll academic Roman comes to Les Caves after an already very distinguished career both as a researcher in the Philosophy of Psychiatry at King’s College London and as guitarist in legendary prog-rock band ‘Of The I’ which graced the waves at Radio 1. Now, he joins our equally esteemed Sales Support Team with his thirst for the juice taking him to various trade fairs across the UK and Europe. A lover of all things orange, he’s also been a vocal enthusiast of the new wines of Paolo Balgera from Valtellina.
Bright as a button, Beth joined us having previously worked at one of her local pubs in Sussex – a fine establishment which also happens to be one of our customers. Whilst plying her trade there, Beth developed a real passion for good food and – importantly – wine. Beth holds the distinction of having been stung by a jellyfish and treading on a poisonous sea urchin on the same day. We note that all of Beth’s favourite wines seem to have a strange habit of running out – she stresses this is absolutely not her fault, though we’ll be keeping an eye on this.
Our Financial Controller is also our resident petrol head having come to us from the whizzy world of GP2 Racing. Two bambinos have put a gentle brake on the days of shopping and socialising in London; she now spends weekends looking for the best soft play locations in Surrey. Preferred tipple? Laurent Perrier Rose. Not gin! (Don’t ask). Tasha’s claim to fame is to get LCDP collectively hurled out of a pub in the middle of Spain after deciding that the service would be swifter if she was administering the drinks!
Justine is our resident G&T expert who often needs to follow the sound of flipflops to find her way to the nearest train station! (The mind boggles). She’s been with the company for nine years, beginning in the credit control torture chamber as the queen of thumbscrews. Now she has ascended to the lofty status of Assistant Financial Controller and otherwise may be found unwinding on most weekends in the local hostelry trawling through the cocktail menu. (PS Gin & tonic is not a cocktail).
Assistant Financial Controller
Our erstwhile flashmobber may be found at weekends supping the bubbly stuff or zumbaring her way around the local town centre. There’s a sentence you don’t read every day! Yvonne has been part of the CDP family for many years, and deals with all of our supplier & producer invoices, payments, expenses and many other things... the list is endless!
Zoe hails from Aldershot and is an avid supporter of Aldershot Town FC. When she isn’t sipping on a G&T – with lime – not cucumber, she can be found in our accounts department where she acts as Purchase Ledger Assistant. She likes wine (particularly the Henry Marionnet, Touraine Gamay Charmoise), but not quite as much as a good G&T. When not training hard in the gym, which she does twice a week, she is also partial to a karaoke session and loves to steal the mic from unsuspecting DJs.
Purchase Ledger Assistant
Abbey is our resident karaoke queen. She’s a big dog loving, shellfish loathing (the two are not mutually exclusive) Accounts Assistant… Every week she heads to the wilds of East Dulwich to Toast.ED Restaurant to ensure that the books are at least half-baked rather than totally cooked.
The baby of the department started with us on a temporary contract back in October 2014, but soon realised that she couldn’t live without us. She makes weekly visits to our restaurant, Soif, pulling together the financials, where you will find her under a heater with a hat & scarf even in the height of summer. This little lady, who likes the finer things in life, may be found most weekends tasting the local delicacies around Hampshire. (Is that a euphemism?)
This cake-baking, animal-loving, biker chick can often be found at weekends on the back of her boyfriend’s Harley zooming back and forth from Essex. Victoria is the newest member of the credit control team and works alongside Avril chasing our lovely customers for their pennies! And pounds!
Nini first arrived at Les Caves stashed between cases in a pallet of Vouvray shipped over from her parents’ estate. She is the long-standing manager of our shop at Pew Corner, keeping the boys downstairs placid through a steady diet of French pop music, and juggles this with handling our customers’ Ex-Cellars orders. When the proverbial hits the fan, her voluble cries of “Peteeerrr” can be heard from the office upstairs – and most of Artington. Her penchant for “les bulles” is renowned and that certain sparkle is prevalent in almost everything she does.
Shop Manager & Ex-Cellars Dept
Danny started his wine journey at one of Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred restaurants, worked alongside a sommelier from Toulouse called Viv who regularly impressed upon him that “South West is the best”. He went on to spend a period working as a sommelier at another top-end establishment on the Isle of Skye, before heading south of the border and joining the team at Les Caves. Danny’s ready enthusiasm for increasing his knowledge of our portfolio (drinking) more than makes up for his questionable sense of humour.
Pete originally joined Les Caves as a van driver, leaving the warehouse at some godforsaken hour in order to get the wine to our thirsty customer on time. Since then he has taken on the mantle of Warehouse Manager at Pew Corner, and spends most of his time behind the scenes finding ever-ingenious new ways to cram in bottles from our ever-expanding range into every last nook and cranny available. Pete is a master raconteur and never short of an anecdote, whether required or not.
Joining the company not long after Pete, Anthony has been and remains one of our most valuable secret weapons. He is always at the ready to come to the rescue and only he can navigate across London in his red van quite as efficiently as he does. When not out on deliveries, Anthony spends his time assisting his colleagues in the shop at Pew Corner (aka smashing bottles). Anthony also heads up the catering department at shop tastings, and the bacon sarnies he lays on at our annual stock take are the stuff of legend.