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Wine Club Team

Katie Cooper, Wine Club Manager

Katie joined the wine trade after university, working for Majestic Wine for five years where she gained the Diploma in Wine, a passion for all things vinous and a well exercised palate! In 2007 she joined Berrys as a wine advisor, becoming the Wine Club Manager in 2008.

As Club manager, Katie has discovered a new raison d’etre: to improve the Club and ensure that every member thoroughly enjoys their time in the Club. She introduced the monthly Club e-newsletter and blog and enjoys meeting the members at the Club tastings and events she organises. Wine plays an important role of her private life too.

Holidays are often based upon visiting different wineries around the world and trying out the local wine with regional dishes.

Katie Cooper

 

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Director

Jasper founded Morris & Verdin, the highly respected specialist wine importers, in 1981. Despite running a growing business he found time to gain his Master of Wine Qualification in 1985. When BBR acquired the company in 2003 one of the notable assets was Jasper himself, now appointed Berrys' Buying Director.

His expert knowledge of Burgundy, Beaujolais, California and New Zealand has already impacted on our list and we are delighted to have many new, exciting producers. Jasper also writes for many wine publications and lectures widely around the world.

Jasper Morris MW

 

Simon Field MW, Buyer

Simon joined Berrys in 1998, having spent several misguided but lucrative years working as a Chartered Accountant in the City. His passion for opera and travel is well suited to buying trips down the Rhine and into the darker recesses of Andalucia.

In addition to buying the Spanish and fortified ranges, Simon is also responsible for purchasing wines from South America and England. His three favourite areas of responsibility, however, are the Rhône Valley,  Languedoc and Champagne. He gained his Master of Wine qualification in October 2002.

Simon Field MW

 

David Berry Green, Wine Buyer

David Berry Green joined Berrys’ Heathrow Terminal 3 Shop in 1994, before gaining a wider experience at Cutty Sark and on www.bbr.com. In 2001 he joined our Buying team and found his raison d’etre. He revels in the excitement and responsibility of finding and nurturing new producers and bringing their wines to the market.

His current challenge is to convince a wider audience about Italy’s indigenous varieties and their natural affinity to food and he has relocated to Italy to get to grips with this task. He buys wines from Alsace, Loire, Germany, Italy and Hungary and is the 8th generation of Berrys, and the tallest, to work in the company.

David Berry Green

 

Philip Moulin, Wine Club Bordeaux Buyer

After his formative years at Majestic Wines, Philip joined Berrys in 1997 as Assistant Manager in the Basingstoke shop. He joined the old "broking department" in 2000 and for five years was responsible for sourcing and broking rare wines for BB&R's subsidiary company in Japan. Following a stint advising customers on building up their Cellar Plans, he now works in the Fine Wine Buying Department, once again sourcing secondary market stock for our outlets in the Far East as well as buying the Bordeaux for our Wine Club.

Philip Moulin

 

Martin Hudson MW, Wine Buyer & Wine Education Specialist
Martin Hudson joined the wine trade in 2002, after 25 years in quality assurance and designing computer cables. Alongside this he had run an internet company importing and selling Loire Valley wines, so deciding on a career change was made easier, especially as he could not find a way of making money from his other passion, racing classic motorcycles.

Martin joined Berrys' Bin End Shop in 2003, and successfully completed his Master of Wine qualification in September 2008. He is convinced that winemakers are some of the most passionate, varied, opinionated and in some cases eccentric people around, who in turn make wines that reflect their personality. This diversity is the great appeal of the world of wine.

Martin Hudson MW

 

Catriona Felstead MW, Wine Buyer

Catriona graduated from St Andrews University with a languages degree and spent the first few years of her working life at a Spanish petrochemical company. Having rapidly discovered a love for wine, she moved her career to the wine trade.

in 2004 and gained a thorough grounding in the trade as an Oddbins’ Manager. She joined Berrys’ marketing department in April 2007, became Direct & Interactive Marketing Manager in September 2008 and moved to her current role in 2013.

Catriona won the WSET Vintners' Scholarship and Vintners' Cup in the wine Diploma exams and in 2012, she passed the Master of Wine examinations to become Berrys' first female MW.

Catriona Felstead MW

 

Stewart Turner, Head Chef

After completing a three-year Chefs Diploma, Stewart headed to the bright lights of London to gain experience in many top establishments, including Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn.

With a real passion for food and wine, being Head Chef at Berrys is his perfect job. Since joining in 2008 he changed the face of Berrys’ food served, bringing a more restaurant and fine dining feel to the menus, without losing our ethos of food and wine matching. When not slaving over a hot stove, Stewart loves going to new restaurants to keep up with current food trends and, away from food, spending time with his young family.

Stewart shares his delicious recipes with Wine Club members via the monthly newsletter and blog.

Stewart Turner

 

Steve Vincent

Steve, our Despatch Manager, looks after the important task of ensuring all UK bound wine orders – including Wine Club cases - are delivered safely to all parts of the UK. If there is a place you want your case delivered to, he, with the help of his dedicated team of drivers, will ensure it happens!

Steve says he has had the pleasure of tasting some fantastic wines in his time at Berrys. He says ‘The region of Burgundy stands out for me, while for everyday drinking Australian Shiraz is fabulous’.
 

 

 

Chris Layland, Warehouse Manager

Chris joined Berry Bros & Rudd in 2008 as the Warehouse Operations Manager. Chris is responsible for the secure storage and packing of wine deliveries from the warehouse facility in Basingstoke and oversees the team that pick and pack up all the Wine Club cases, ensuring each member gets the correct case and tasting notes. His favourite wines are New World, especially those with big, sense-smashing aromas such as Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc or the smooth, rich and creamy Pulenta La Flor Malbec.