I have nearly 20 years experience working with wine and have honed my expertise in specific areas:
Armed with a degree in foreign languages I joined the British Diplomatic Service where I stayed for 8 years with postings in London, Dakar and Kuala Lumpur. I then indulged a desire spawned in my teenage years to learn about wine and completed the OIV Masters in International Wine Management, Marketing and Economy. I was a founding member of one of the first online wine retailers, ChateauOnline then moved on for a spell as Commercial Director at the famous French cooperage, Seguin Moreau. After 18 years on the road I moved back to the UK and set up my consulting company, Jump Start. I have been running tasting events for 15 years with Planet Thirst being the latest incarnation. I have been CEO of the international trade association of specialists in direct marketing and sales, International Wine Clubs Association since 2008.
I speak fluent French and Spanish and have experience in many international markets including Europe, Hong Kong and China, USA and South America. I travel a lot, eat out a lot and indulge a lot, all interspersed with the odd half marathon and, once, a 100km Gurkha Trail walk!
Jump Start has also provided similar services to wineries from Chile, France and China.