“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

Preman Mohan

“I have very much enjoyed working with Justin on improving the world class wine list for the re-launch of Chutney Mary last year. With a very tight deadline, Justin was able to assimilate a huge amount of information about how our previous wine list was working, and to make recommendations about which wines were performing well and which could be replaced. We then tasted a large number of wines before whittling the list down to the core 90 wines currently on our list, and Justin wrote descriptions and proof-read the wine list in time for our launch in late May 2015. We were impressed with the way he works and asked him to review the list again in May 2016.”

Preman Mohan, Operations Director – Fine Dining, MW Eat