About South Downs Cellars
South Downs Cellars opened its doors in 2003, on the premise to buy quality wines at a variety of price points, that were not mass-produced or widely available on the High Street. Run only by enthused and knowledgeable staff. We have built a fabulous business, which comprises of two shops and a thriving wholesale business. However, despite our rapid growth we have stuck to our original principles of only selling high-quality wines from the smaller, family-owned vineyards around the world along with a broad range of craft beers and spirits, and are now dealing directly with multiple small and privately owned vineyards and breweries around Europe.
Meet the team, and see their answers to the following questions:
- Favourite wine?
- Favourite food?
- Holiday of choice?
- Treasured passtime?
- Pet hate?
Wine: White Burgundy, and if forced to select one, then Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots, S Magnien – what’s not to love about a fresh yet rounded, rich white wine – full-bodied enough to go with a wide variety of food, yet elegant enough to enjoy on its own
Food: Raspberries or anything Italian
Holiday: Italy – mountains, beaches, culture, amazing food & wine, beautiful architecture, lovely people…….
Passtime: spending time with my horse Tilly – escaping in to the Sussex countryside for hours on end
Pet hate: BANANAS…..food of the devil!
Title: Wholesale Director
Wine: Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero, Tempranillo at its best
Food: Canard avec gratin dauphinoise
Holiday: The Douro Valley followed by a few nights in Porto
Passtime: Roland Garros, anything tennis related
Pet hate: Politicians
Title: Beer Buyer/Sales Manager
Wine: Impossible to pick one especially as I have a dual role! If I had to it would probably be a Riesling from Rolly Gassman and for my beer hat, you can’t beat a Burning Sky Saison
Food: Proper sourdough, wood oven pizza! Currently practising at home, open to topping suggestions?
Holiday: Santorini - that sunset, photos don’t do it justice
Passtime: Anything with a petrol engine in it, but can also be found pottering around in the garden with Rufus the malti-poo. Am also a long suffering Leeds United fan!
Pet hate: Snakes, camping and things not being done properly the first time. Retail is detail!
Title: Wholesale Sales Support / Delivery Driver
Wine: Anything from the Aussie producer, First Drop. Love their big, full bodied, unabashedly drinkable wines
Food: Can't beat a melt-in-the-mouth steak or a perfect pork belly
Holiday: I've been to Lake Garda a few times, a lip-smackingly beautiful place
Passtime: Making massive, pretty, geometric shapes out of dirt, then jumping a bicycle over said shapes
Pet hate: The fetishisation of wealth at the expense of everything else
Title: Warehouse Manager
Wine: Baron de Badassiere Picpoul de Pinet, just a really limey, citrusy flavour that tastes really smooth. Ticks all the boxes for me
Food: Pan-fried Chorizo & Chicken with anything. Veg, Salad, chips etc
Holiday: South Carolina. Fishing and golf
Passtime: Golf and photography
Pet hate: Arrogance, lateness.
Title: Logistics / Delivery Driver
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Guiness. I don't really like drinking alcohol but I enjoy an occasional glass with a meal.
Food: Greek food and BBQs
Pet hate: Spiders.
Title: Wholesale & Retail Executive
Wine: Anything with Grenache in it (red, white or rose)
Food: Anything with seafood in it
Holiday: Portugal (and Lisbon is my favourite city)
Passtime: Breadmaking and playing board games (proper ones - if you ask to play Monopoly, we can't be friends)
Pet hate: Show-offs and being too hot.
Title: Trainee Retail Assistant Manager / Social Media Executive
Wine: You can’t go wrong with a good Provence, however, the Chardonnay I recently had at our Delaire Graff wine tasting may be my new favourite
Food: It has to be Pasta with pretty much anything, but I do think I have perfected the art of Pasta & Tuna over the years if I do say so myself
Holiday: Salcombe, Devon. Used to go there as a kid and went back there last year for the first time in about 15 years, which brought back lots of wonderful memories
Passtime: Rugby, I've played since 7 years old for Haywards Heath RFC and I can’t imagine my life without it. Partial to a bit of ‘pub’ cricket in the summer for my local The Royal Oak, Wineham too
Pet hate: Vegetables!!
Title: Assistant Retail Manager
Wine: I LOVE Riesling in all its beautifully crafted forms. It is a grape that is capable of such a wide range of expressions, from the light, refreshing Mosel Kabinett to full-bodied, dry Alsatian offerings. It can craft stunning sweet wines capable of ageing for decades or easy breezy bubbles meant for quaffing
Food: My favourite food to make at home is noodle soup but you can't beat my Mum's roast beef with all the trimmings
Holiday: Dorset. We used to holiday there every year as kids so visits are filled with joyful nostalgia, and if I am lucky a little sailing too
Passtime: Running Table Top Role Playing Games for friends. Think Dungeons & Dragons only not that game. I enjoy playing a wide range of games. Variety is the spice of life after all
Pet hate: Kidney Stones. I didn't want them, you don't want them, nobody wants them. Trust me on this one.