“In a trade where there is a real shortage of original thinkers and an equal lack of wine experts willing and able to look beyond the wine itself, to understand how wine fits into the lives of wine drinkers. Whether at £7, £70 or £700 a bottle, Justin’s approach is a breath of fresh air.
Like a great wine from Bordeaux, he is fantastic blend of innovation and tradition, reflection and communication, certainty and open-mindedness, art and science.
Justin played a hugely important role here at Laithwaite’s in helping to transform both the reality and the perception of our wine credibility, and I am delighted that we have secured Justin’s services to continue to work with us into the future. He has a valuable brain and an original viewpoint.
The Hive will bring a fresh perspective to small and large businesses, challenging them to try new things, which will make a real difference to their business. Without hesitation I can warmly recommend Justin’s new venture!”

 

Simon McMurtrie, Group Chief Executive, Direct Wines

“I have worked in the wine industry alongside Justin for over 15 years; as a supplier and a competitor, but never sadly as a colleague.
He has one of the greatest reserves of calm intellect and consideration of anyone I know and yet knows how to provoke the hive when needed. Very strong commercially, he also manages to keep quality at the forefront of his ambitions.
I would be delighted if he were to describe me as a friend.”

Dan Jago, UK and Group Wine Director – Tesco