Justin left full time employment as Laithwaite’s Global Wine Director in early 2013 to start his own consulting business, with Laithwaite’s, signed up as a major client.
In addition, Justin heads up the Global Advisory Panel for the Global Wine Database, and acts as Wine Consultant to the Masala World Group whose restaurants include Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and Amaya. He sits on the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine, and recently served as a committee member on the IMW Endowment Fund Auction, which raised £1.2 Million, as well as advising a number of private clients and wine producers.
Prior to joining Laithwaite’s, Justin spent 14 years as a wine buyer in the UK off-trade, including stints at supermarket chains Safeway and Sainsbury’s. This culminated in almost five years in charge of the wine department at Waitrose, the UK’s most successful premium supermarket where he led the team that garnered, and continues to garner, so many awards.
In his early life, he worked in wine shops, ran a wine school, worked as a cellar-hand and assistant winemaker in four different countries.
Since 2007, Justin has produced his own wine (www.domaineofthebee.com) from 4 hectares of vines in the Roussillon region of the South of France, near the village of Maury. In 2015 he also launched his own, gold medal winning English sparkling wine – Hart of Gold (www.hart-of-gold.co.uk).