Where did you first develop an interest in wine?
Down the pub! Me and the mates used to pop into the local. We were only about 16 but the landlord wasn't worried and we had a great time playing cards and drinking all kinds of things, some of which was wine!
Where was your first job?
I started as a sales assistant in a company called Curtis Horne who sold garden machinery to the public. Part of what I did was setting up and testing the type of lawn mowers that you sit on - that was the best bit of the job, especially the sharp left hander at the end of the showroom!
Describe your role in The Oxford Wine Company?
Distribution Manager. It's my job to make sure that the right wine gets to the right people at the right time. That's a lot of rights! They always seem to want it yesterday or in half hour time slots, so I'm always dashing about trying to fit them all in. We do pretty well most of the time. The best part of the job is meeting the customers and getting to know them.
What recent trends have you spotted amongst your customers?
Pinot Grigio and now pink Pinot Grigio. There seems to be more and more demand for this amongst the trade customers. I'm just waiting for the green type to come out!
What is the worst bottle of wine you have ever tasted?
A bottle of Russian pink sparkling wine - it smelt like brake fluid and tasted like something worse! It went straight down the sink.
And the best?
Probably a bottle of Cune Rioja Reserva that we were given as a wedding present. It was really rich and smooth and went down a treat with a roast lunch.
If you weren't in the wine trade, which career might you have chosen?
Grand Prix driver. I've always loved motor racing and never miss a race on the box.
Who would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Steve Bull, formerly Wolverhampton Wanderers centre forward, Nigel Mansell, former World Formula 1 Champion and Laurel and Hardy because I love their films. I think I'd chuck in Jim Davidson too, because he'd make the whole thing go with a bang!
Most memorable wine related moment?
That's a contradiction in terms isn't it? I've had some great wine related moments but I can't remember many of them. It's like they say about the sixties - if you can remember them you weren't there!
What will you drink this weekend?
A bottle of the De Bortoli Lizard Point Shiraz, a bargain at £5.69 if you ask me. But then of course I always drink lager when watching football, because it'd be rude not to.
What interests do you have outside wine?
Formula 1 motor racing, football (especially Wolves) and of course my two children, Andrew and Rebecca.