"My name is Seán and my wine expedition began 12 years ago. The magnetism of wine: its history, its respect and reflection of people and place, truly and seductively got its ‘tannins’ within me. The voyage began, much to the despair of my bank account. From the retail floor to the restaurant trade, I have worked and enjoyed the full spectrum of wine sales, customer service of the highest order is my raison d'être. Wine for me merges that most stimulating of mediums; travel, food, geography culture and art. In my spare time I enjoy reading, metal, motorbikes and cooking for many hours. I have recently completed my WSET Diploma in wine, which I am assured will keep me focused, topical and most importantly, tasting wine from every corner of the globe."
"My name’s Alex. I entered the industry initially part-time while studying for a Master’s Degree in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology. It was in this time that I well and truly caught the ‘wine bug’; enthralled by how the often esoteric environmental processes that I studied were translated, quite tangibly, into the glass – allowing each wine to reveal its own sensorial story. I’ve been with JN Wine for six years and now Manage our Fine Wine and En Primeur offerings which involves the constant study of (and occasional travel to) the top winemaking regions of the world, as well as keeping abreast of vintage reports and market performances, endeavours which suit my slightly anoraky nature! I recently passed the WSET Diploma Award in Wine with Distinction which necessitated the constant research and tasting of wines from all over the world (someone’s got to do it), and in the process received the Derouet Jameson Award that enables me to begin the Master of Wine Programme in 2024, so feel free to pick my brain on all things viticulture, viniculture and tasting technique.”
"My name is Dylan, I am the newest (and youngest) addition to the JN retail team. I began my journey into the world of wine when I was 18; working part-time at an off license where I worked during my A levels and throughout my university life. I joined JN Wine shortly after graduating and am currently undergoing level 2 WSET. I love encouraging younger wine drinkers like myself to explore the many weird, wonderful and lesser known wine regions across the world."
"My name is Fiona, I made the move to JN after working for over 10 years in hospitality which allowed me to experience not only some amazing food but also wines. While working in restaurants I achieved my WSET Levels 1 & 2 Awards in Wines. Since starting at JN I have completed a Level 1 in Californian Wines and have recently sat my WSET Level 3 examinations.
Moving to JN has certainly been a big change. I learn more about wine every day and my colleagues, with their wealth of knowledge and experience, are a fantastic source of information. Meeting winemakers at our tasting events has been a great way to learn the stories behind the wines we sell and adds a personal element to the wines on the shelf. "
"Having worked in the same sector for over twenty years, I am enjoying a new direction in my working life having moved into wine retail in 2021. I’m relishing the opportunity JN has given me to learn about the retail spirits and wine trade & I am keen to further my wine & spirit education. Every day is a school day! In late 2021 I completed the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, achieving a distinction. I hope to do the WSET Level 1 Award in spirits soon. I’m currently awaiting the results of the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines examinations.
As well as a love of wine appreciation, I enjoy cocktail making at home having amassed an enviable collection of spirits, liqueurs & amari over the years.
On my travels I have visited vineyards in Bordeaux, Madeira and Alicante as well as distilleries in Cognac, The Netherlands, Scotland & Ireland. I’ve also attended the Bordeaux Fête le Vin twice & the Budapest Borfesztivál on one occasion. I am also a member of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) and have visited breweries in Ireland, Belgium and The Netherlands. I plan to make many, many more trips in the future to further my wine education."