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Christien Hay

My passion for wine came out of nowhere really, and it wasn't until my early thirties that I got the taste for the good stuff. After varied roles and jobs I took a position in a local gastropub, where I received my first ever wine training under the expert eye ( and palate) of the late and great Gerard Basset. His passion soon got under my skin and I moved on to running various restaurants.

Being the GM of the Black Rat when it gained its first Michelin Star gave me the confidence and belief that my career was going in the right direction, yet it was to wine that really got me salivating.

Next stop independent Wine  merchant- a big boys toy shop...and all my wages went on the wine I was supposed to be selling.

A stint working for a niche on trade import business gave me the most educational,if at times, hard ride.

They say you can never stop learning, but here you learnt from the ground (or soil) up. I met more or less every producer who's wine I sold, and tasted countless vintages. It was absolutely fascinating. All of the growers were driven purely by the passion for their craft and environment- for me me that is truly inspiring.

Spare time is spent with my family, plus a spot of cooking, enjoying wine, dog walking and foraging.

Huge thanks to all who have supported me over these past few years.