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  1. Getting To Know Phil

    Getting To Know Phil

    Phil's career in wine has been a mix of independent retail in the early 90s, to working and studying in the UK knocking over the first two hurdles to the Master of Wine. After returning to to Australia, he worked for Baily and Baily and then began a lengthy stint in wholesale championing a long list of small, independently owned wineries. He has also worked as cellar hand, picker, pruner and a bunch of other inglorious roles, all to keep his feet firmly on the ground and convey a greater appreciation of what happens before wine makes it to your glass.

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  2. Jamie Lloyd Jones

    Jamie Lloyd Jones

    Growing up in a wine-drinking European family, I have worked hard to turn a family hobby into a viable profession. My informal wine education started young, with my first glass of Chablis being poured for me on my 11th birthday.

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  3. Mark Pradun - Managing Director

    Mark Pradun - Managing Director

    My love of a good drop began some 25 years ago whilst working in and subsequently managing retail liquor stores.

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  4. Matt Wallace - Buyer & Sales Manager

    Matt Wallace - Buyer & Sales Manager

    I likes most things wine, from dusting an ancient bottle of Blue Nun with a feather tickler to drinking expensive booze that my mates have bought.

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  5. Mark Bracken - Wine Guru

    Mark Bracken - Wine Guru

    I'm a six foot two ex-Rugby player of Irish extraction with a deep love of northern European aromatic whites. I may look like I should be necking hearty reds from a bladder yet I have a cellar full of Riesling. I stopped playing rugby and swapped probing front rowers bottoms with my proboscis, finding much more pleasurable olfaction by pointing said proboscis at a glass of wine instead.

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  6. Ali Kerr - Wine Lover

    Ali Kerr - Wine Lover

    After years of working in professional services I moved into the wine industry and have been working with Wine Direct ever since. Being able to combine my love of wine and customer service, is a dream role
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  7. Phil Manser - Vigneron and Mad Man

    Phil Manser - Vigneron and Mad Man

    I was always bound for the wine industry. My father had a healthy supply of D'Arenberg reds from the mid-70s to ween me on and I lived a short walk down the road from three wine shops, I had no hope!

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  8. Darryl Pratt - Wine Guru

    Darryl Pratt - Wine Guru

    I’ve always worked in hospitality, my first job was running plates and cleaning out bars at a hotel in the Adelaide foothills. I saw how much fun the bar tenders had and knew that was the job for me. From there, it has developed into a career, if you think you can call drinking wine a career! The interesting thing to me about wine is no two bottles are exactly the same, and there is always something new to experience.
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  9. Alice Day - Partner Relations Manager

    Alice Day - Partner Relations Manager

    As a young girl I used to sit with my Dad when he opened up a bottle of wine, trying to pick up on the flavours, textures and aromas.

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  10. Elspeth Love - Sales Consultant

    Elspeth Love - Sales Consultant

    My first taste of wine seems like yesterday when Dad described to us four kids how the wine smelt like mushrooms, berries and dirt.

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  11. Adam Hollinshead - Chief Digital Officer

    Adam Hollinshead - Chief Digital Officer

    I came to via video game development. Perhaps not the most natural progression but when you consider that previous to video game development I worked at the old Fassina owned Somerton Liquor Barn on Oaklands Road in Somerton Park, it starts to make a little more sense.

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  12. Geoff Barker - Sales

    Geoff Barker - Sales

    My family own property in the Barossa, and having worked and lived in McLaren Vale and the Clare Valley, I have a genuine love for all things wine (you could say that it's in my blood).

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