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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Meet the Friend: François Chartier, Tanaka 1789

François Chartier’s whole career is a true tour de force. Starting out in the wine world as a waiter in his early 20s, he has gone on to become one of the world’s most respected sommeliers. He is an award-winning author of 27 books of wine and flavours, and is a sought-after advisor on wine, beer, chocolate, fragrances and AI with Sony's new gastronomy project. One of his most recent adventures ha...
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Meet the Friend: Julia Trustram Eve, Wine GB

Julia Trustram Eve is at the forefront of the British wine scene as Head of Marketing for Wine GB, but it was actually bottles of Burgundy and Claret that first brought her into the wine world. Amanda Barnes interviews Julia on her pathway into wine, what excites her most about the world of British wine today and the establishment of the Great British Classic Method.   How did you get int...
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Meet the Friend: Patrick Rea

Patrick Rea found his way into the world of wine through a fortunate acquirement by one of his clients. In this Meet the Friend interview, Amanda Barnes learns why he went from marketing medical services to marketing English Pinotage and why he's hoping to be able to invite members over for a round of golf at Mannings Heath one day soon.   Tell us how you got into the world of wine and ...
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Meet the Friend: Donald Ziraldo

Donald Ziraldo needs no introduction to most wine writers around the world as one of the most influential figures in Canadian wine. After starting his career with a vine nursery, he became involved in winemaking with the founding of Inniskillin in 1974, remaining there until 2006, and later moved on to create his own independent label Ziraldo, planting his own vineyard in 2007. As a Friend of the ...
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