Meet the Buyers - (Ian and Dave Right-Left)

Ian  joined Slurp as head buyer in 2013, after previously working for the Waitrose & Partners wine buying  team.

Q. If you could  choose only one wine to drink, what would it be?

“If I had to pick a favourite wine it would be mature Barolo. It’s such a complex and unique style and only reveals its full character with age - you have to have the patience to wait!”

Q. Where is your favourite wine growing region you have visited on a buying trip?

“It would have to be the Douro Valley in Portugal. You take a boat trip from Oporto and head upstream into the most amazing scenery, surrounded by wave after wave of terraced vineyards and white washed Quinta’s. There’s no other place quite the same, and the wines and Ports are delicious”

Q. What has been your most successful wine buying find for Slurp?

I've been really excited to bring the wines of Domaine du Chalet Pouilly to the UK for the first time. Located in the heart of the "Pouilly-Fuissé" appellation in Burgundy, the Plumet family have produced wine here for more than a century. We have listed three stunning Chardonnay wines; Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Véran and Mâcon-Solutré - the latter of which is an excellent introduction to White Burgundy and superb value at £14.95, and even better currently on offer at only £12.95. A little richer in style than many Macons, this has ripe pear and apple fruit married with slightly honeyed hazelnut and refreshing citrus and mineral notes. I'm also proud of our La Ferme du Mont range from fastidious winemaker Stephane Vedeau, one of the up and coming superstars of the Southern Rhône. The 'Le Ponnant' Côtes du Rhône Villages really over delivers, currently at £12.50 (usually £13.95) this has real depth and richness and is full of dark berry fruits, savoury spice, black pepper and leather notes. A beautifully crafted and robust wine, this is a perfect spring/summer BBQ red


Dave  joined Slurp in 2015, following an earlier graduate career at Majestic.

Q. What is your favourite wine?
“ Easy, it’s the Quinta Nova Unoaked Douro 2017, such a great value wine, punching well above its price tag”

Q. Favourite place you have visited on a buying trip?
“It has to be Rioja, the wines and scenery are stunning and the tapas crawl up the Calle del Laurel in Logrono was a highlight. The ‘Anchoas y pimiento verde sobre rebanada de pan’ was to die for”

Q. What has been your most successful wine buying find for Slurp? 

For me it would have to be either the Quinta Nova Pomares or the Fairhall Downs Sauvignon Blanc. The Pomares is my go to red for a Friday night, it has great balance, soft juicy fruit and is delicious and complex without needing to think too much to enjoy it, the classic 'crowdpleaser' (£11.95). The Fairhall Downs Sauvignon Blanc was just a brilliant find, recommended by a Master of Wine this really does punch above it weight in flavour and complexity, every bit the style that made Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc famous in the first place (Now £12.95). Watch out also for a new Rosé arriving to us soon which I am very proud of, very much in the Provence style but from Languedoc-Roussillon which packs in far more for the money (£8.95)!

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