Tall dark and brooding, Simon is the engine driving The Naked Grape. He tastes every wine before buying to ensure it fits our very high standards. If Simon wouldn’t be happy drinking the wine at home, it doesn’t get listed! With over 22 years Retail Management experience, he has a keen eye for creative product displays and sales ideas. Simon has been an Associate Judge at the IWSC, has attained and educated the WSET Diploma, and has conducted a huge number of tasting events, both in the UK and in Europe.
Wine of choice: Champagne
Driving style: If in doubt flat out
Motto: Never follow the crowd.
Ambition: To be a DJ
Born on the 4th July, George has a strong work ethic. A small town girl made good in the big smoke, she knows what she wants and gets it. A keen eye on procedures and practices, nothing gets past her exacting standards. Trained in Applied Biology and Animal Management, she is well placed to control the Team at The Naked Grape. George is most comfortable juggling many tasks and she excels when pushed to the limit.
Wine of Choice: Everything
Driving Style: get out of my way
Ambition: To own a red Lotus Elise
Motto: I love oliver Stone.
Wine Advisor, Events & Tech Support
Warren treats his love of wine and computers in equal measure. ( but wine wins really! ) His skills of food and wine matching are also extensive, with a speciality in Bordeaux and Cheese combinations.
A clear eye for detail, Warren loves to recommend wines that you may not have had before.
Drink of Choice: Top Growth Bordeaux
Driving Style: Maturing
Ambition: To set up all his Record Players
Motto: Never give up
Jo has been a key part of our team at the Hungerford shop for a while now after Simon has gradually worn her down from a small start helping at tasting events to becoming far more important in the business. Simon and Jo met and immediately got on, lets just say she fits right in to our team. Jo has now ran numerous tastings in Berkshire and London and has quickly developed a loyal customer following.
Drink of Choice: Champagne
Driving Style: Lets get going
Ambition: To get everyone in the UK to buy Croatian wine
Motto: Bonne Chance!
Wine Advisor and Events
Nicola's experience in second to none, she knows everybody. If you are a somebody, then Nicola knows you! Nicola adds wisdom, fun and a serious hard work ethic to the team.
Drink of Choice: Vintage Port of course
Driving Style: Roadrunner
Ambition: To buy a bigger kitchen table
Motto: Life is too short to drink bad wine!
Logistics and Wine Advisor
With a fascination on doing things well, Chris adds a great way of thinking to the Team. Mainly charged with the logistical movements of stock with the company, Chris also appears in the shops, at our seasonal events and also at our wine tastings.
Drink of Choice: Spanish Tempranillo
Driving Style: Easy does it
Ambition: I’d like to teach the world to sing
Motto: Croissants for all.
Roberta fits into the team so well, being someone who tells it how it is. Having worked in various areas of events and team support Roberta now spends her time at work talking up the glorious wines of Italy and bringing in fabulous baked goods for us to enjoy.
She also doesnt like a mess, so we love her for that too!
Drink of Choice: BIG Red Wines
Driving Style: Ciao!
Ambition: To dance the night away ( every night !)
Motto: Do your best no matter what
Stuarts's background of retail experience stands him in good stead for working in all of the businesses' shops. An expert in all things music, he can also provide a wide knowledge of tunes to listen too. Stuart's wine knowledge is a growing paradise, as he continues to be enthralled and engaged with all the yummy wines and goodies we stock.
Drink of Choice: Concrete egg aged Chenin Blanc
Driving Style: Move over
Ambition: To drum for Genesis
Motto: Do you sell biscuits?
Holly has worked in the wine trade for a while mixing her time with garden and landscape inspirational designs. These skills are often of use in creating our shop displays! We have learnt quickly that our love for cake in the afternoon is shared by Holly too. Holly's work ethic and team work is key to the team's success.
Drink of Choice: Champagne or Champagne
Driving Style: Easy tiger
Ambition: To become a master locksmith
Motto: just chill