The Real Wine Fair is organised by Les Caves de Pyrène; a wine agent, importer and distributor who specialise in organic and biodynamic wines. Here is the small but mighty team who make it happen…
Doug, erstwhile director of Sales and Marketing, joined natural wine importers Les Caves de Pyrène in 1996 when it was but a tiny embryo; now it is a much larger embryo. Having worked in restaurants for several years, he was the classic example of poacher turned gamekeeper, using his experience as a sommelier to persuade all and sundry that now was the hour for regional French wines, a mantra he has been repeating plaintively for the past twenty (!) years.
Eric, Les Cave’s owner, convinced him that he would be mad(-iran) not to work with him and being a suggestible kind of (iroule-)guy Doug couldn’t refuse and joined the small, but merry band of vin-archistes hawking Les Caves’ unique brand of lyrical terroirism. Whilst not selling, Doug works on perfecting his own version of Casaubon’s key to all mythologies, a philosophical wine list so referential and self-referential that it disappears up its fundament into the verdant grass of left field, and so extensive that it has been described as everything from “the ultimate encyclical draft-excluder” and “the cure to insomnia” to “the magnum opus that you wouldn’t want dropped on your foot.” Doug also writes various blogs, content for web sites and our newsletters and loves soaking up the atmosphere (and the spilled wine) at The Real Wine Fair!
It was languages that led Amy to wine. After studying French and Spanish at Uni this sporty Cornish lass went on to work as translator for a ’round the world sailing team in Spain. She started on the sales desk nine years ago with Les Caves de Pyrène and worked her way up from there to Eric’s (LCDP’s owner/founder) PA all the way to Managing Director.
The trade fairs are her personal baby though. She first helped organise one 6 months after she started with the company, at which point she’d never even been to a trade fair before. Six fairs later, including front line involvement in 2011’s Natural Wine Fair and The Real Wine Fair ever since, and she’s a little more familiar with them than is probably healthy. ‘I’d say that I dream about them but I think nightmare is a more accurate word…can you use nightmare as a verb!?’
To say Amy is a busy gal is an understatement, but she always does it with a smile on her face and glass of wine in hand. She’s a multi-lingual, multi-tasking machine!
After studying for a degree in French & Italian, Vanessa landed a job at Les Caves de Pyrène. The highlight of her job so far has been helping Eric and his wife Anna from Vino di Anna with harvest at their vineyard in Sicily. Vanessa is tasked with the vital job of coordinating over 150 winemakers and their samples so that all guests have some 500+ wines to try. Her favourite part of The Fair is finally getting to know the winemakers face to face after months of emails and phone conversations! When Vanessa isn’t working, she loves jetting around the globe and practising yoga.
Vicky fell in love with wine after packing in normal life and jetting off to New Zealand for 8 months, working on vineyards and generally immersing herself in wine culture. Vicky is at her happiest in +25c temperatures overlooking the sea with a glass of chilled Albariño in hand – pure bliss! Vicky deals with most Real Wine related enquiries and coordinates the Real Wine Month promotion. Vicky’s favourite thing about The Fair is the relaxed, positive atmosphere and getting to know the many wine and food exhibitors. In her spare time, Vicky is an avid sports fan (rugby, Formula 1, cricket… you name it) and travelling the world to find some sunshine.
Realising there was little money to be made as a stage actress, Christina began working full time in the extremely lucrative wine world instead.
For over two years she was a regular presenter alongside top British chefs for the BBC Good Food Channel’s flagship show Market Kitchen, and has also presented in a number of promotional videos across multiple countries, and hosted private and corporate tastings around the UK. She is a contributor to publications including Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirits and Imbibe. She co-hosts the online radio show The Crush, and ran private and corporate tastings around the UK. Having moved down under to polish her Strine accent she recently returned to her motherland (New York State) with her husband and baby Alba and continues to be involved with LCDP on the social media and blog front.
A lover of all (most) things natural and artisan, Christina is pleased as punch to be working on the Real Wine Fair once again.