Meet the team
A rare coming together of complimentary forces, where warped minds happily coexist. Between us we have visited over 300 producers, from 45 countries and tasted over 20000 wines, so if it's first-hand, qualified advice you're after, you've found it.
Jon is, without doubt, the funniest, wisest and sexiest man he knows. A lifetime given to pleasure (receiving, not giving) has honed his talents in sourcing groundbreaking flavours from up-and-coming star producers. Jon has travelled the world in search of the greatest flavours, imparting the aforementioned wisdom on ignorant tribesmen in exchange for unique taste sensations. Naive beliefs, such as 'a chacun son gout' and 'the customer is always right' have been scientifically disproved by Jon's experiments.
Motto: the tongue is mightier than the sword (prior to arousal).
Qualifications: BA Hons French, WSET Diploma and founder member of the Institute of Misters of Wine
Wine regions visited: Loire/ Champagne/ Rhone/ Burgundy/ Languedoc/ Bordeaux/ Alsace/ Provence/ Tuscany/ Piedmont/ Veneto /Venezia /Lombardy /Lazio /Rioja /Priorat /Navarra / Jerez /Catalonia /Gallicia /Douro /Mosel /Rheingau /Sandiway / Portugal /W.Australia / Hunter Valley /Barossa / McLaren Vale / Adelaide Hills / Canberra / Marlborough / Martinborough /Otago /Argentina /Chile /.
Part of the furniture (Queen Anne?) for some 20 years, Anne is as much a source of local gossip as she is down-to-earth wine advice, (the latter only offered in exchange for juicy extracts of the former). A valued, testosterone-free palate and opinion when tasting potential new wines. A much admired 'figure' in the wine trade.
Qualifications: WSET Higher Certificate
Visited: Burgundy/ Alsace/ Champagne/ Portugal/ Rioja/ Somontano/ Australia
Pat Leslie - Deli Manager
Selflessly throws herself into her role of handling very smelly cheese, so that her love for cheese literally oozes from every pore. Plays Mum to the team, keeps us well fed and watered whilst quietly and indefatigably getting on with her work 'down in the deli.' A very skilled ex-chef who can turn a tin of baked beans and a sprat into lobster thermidor, usually with a glass of fizz in one hand.
Cheryl Fulton - Slim Controller & PA (fat controller?) to Jon
Qualifications: Keep fit for beginners
She who emits the purring noise from the engine room of DeFINE. Skilfully ensures that suppliers don't get paid until legal action is threatened, whilst curbing Jon's lavish spending habits. Bite is worse than her bark.
The team has been supported by a steady stream of part-timers over the years that have developed almost legendary status among our male customer base. I swear that the 'girls' have never been selected for their beauty or other assets- we just seem to attract them. (If only it was the same out on the town!) Watch this space- I'm thinking of posting a gallery of DeFINE Babes past and present. Let me know if you think it's a good/bad idea!