Meet the Friend: Martina Litta, INAVI

Martina Litta is the Foreign Trade Manager of INAVI, Uruguay's national viticulture institute. In this interview, Amanda Barnes discovers what brought Martina into the world of wine and why she gets excited when she meets someone trying Uruguayan wine for the first time.   What is your first memory in wine?  The first memory that comes to my mind is being very young, around five or s...
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Meet the Friend: Neil Palmer, Vintage Roots

Neil Palmer is the Founder and Director of organic wine importer Vintage Roots, which he founded at the age of 26 with his friend Lance Pigott. In this Meet the Friend interview, Amanda Barnes finds out how Neil’s harvesting experiences in his 20s sparked a lifelong passion for wine and reggae.   What got you into wine?  Well, it was Dad who first showed me how to use a corkscrew. He liter...
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Meet the Friend: Magdalena Kaiser, Wine Country Ontario

Magdalena Kaiser is Director of Public Relations for Wine Country Ontario, and a longstanding Friend of the Circle. In this interview, Amanda Barnes learns about her wine story from siphoning wine at a young age with her father to managing cool climate conferences and being part of the growing, dynamic wine scene in Ontario.   What was your earliest memory in wine? I suppose you coul...
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Meet the Friend: Selim Bocti, VintageCellar

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Meet the Friend: Sylvia Petz

Sylvia Petz is a Friend of the Circle with her prominent, and eponymously named, agency in Austria. In our Meet the Friend interview, we discover why she realised the value of top-quality Austrian wine at a young age and how she strives to drive forward organic wine production through her agency.   How did you get into wine? My grandfather already attached great importance to good wine at ...
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Meet the Friend: Sarah Hargreaves

Sarah Hargreaves
Sarah Hargreaves specialises in PR and communications in southern France with her company In The Mood PR. She explains in this Meet the Friend interview how she developed her career there and why she finds the Languedoc-Roussillon one of the most fascinating regions to work with. Amanda Barnes also learns about Sarah’s favourite way to discover new wines and some the vineyard ambles that Sarah is ...
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Meet the Friend: Paul Mabray, pix.wine

Paul Mabray of Pix
Paul Mabray is one of the wine industry's foremost thinkers in bringing wine into the digital space. He has worked in important developments at wine.com, and founded vintank.com and winedirect.com, and today is focused on the development of pix.wine — a new wine discovery platform. Amanda Barnes interviews him as a new Friend of the Circle to find out what makes him tick, and how he envisions the ...
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Meet the Member: Moshe Cohen

Moshe Cohen on isreali wine and interview
Moshe Cohen is a wine communicator and podcast presenter based in England. Amanda Barnes interviews him on his favourite wine interviews and asks for tips on Israeli wine, as well as finding out why two wheels and a corkscrew are his favourite holiday companions. Moshe recently presented a CWW seminar based on Israeli wine which is streamable on our YouTube channel. Tell me about your first...
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Meet the Friend: Ross Carter, The Drinks Trust

Ross Carter Drinks Trust
Ross Carter has worked in many different areas of the industry over the years but most recently is becoming known for his work at The Drinks Trust (the drinks charity formerly called The Benevolent) as CEO. In this Meet the Friend interview, Amanda Barnes finds out how the parameters shifted for the charity during the pandemic and learns about its key campaigns for 2022. She also discovers how Ros...
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Meet the Friend: Alan Aboud, FONDATA

Alan Aboud is the creative director of Fine and Rare's new FONDATA publication (which features Member Jancis Robinson MW on the cover in its first edition). In this Meet the Friend interview, Amanda Barnes finds out how the fine wine market has changed during the pandemic, the concept of a 'journal of adjacencies' and why moving from Black Tower to Meursault has been great for his palate but not h...
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