Julia Stafford gave up a career in oil and gas to set up The Wine Pantry, a tiny London shop devoted to English wines. A year into the adventure, she’s ready to move on to bigger and better things.
In The Press
Wine merchant Tom Jones has introduced a hi-tech initiative to enable customers to try some of the finest wines in the world before they buy.
Sampling some of the finest wines in the world has traditionally been an expensive exercise. Buying a £50 bottle of wine can be a risky business if you find it’s not to your taste.
Wine is a living thing. It never sleeps, slowly evolving even while still sealed in its bottle. When we open it and it meets the air again – for most wines this ought to be within a year or maybe two of bottling – it undergoes a far more rapid natural transformation.
A behind-the-bar-system that allows up to 16 wines to be served by the glass without quality being affected comes to the UK for the first time.