Name Holly Plumeridge
Job within the wine trade Off Trade Sales Manager
How long have you been in this role/wine trade? 3 years in the trade
What made you want to get in to this area of work and what drives you to stay in it? I had always been big on cooking and provenance when it comes to food and it was the same with wine. Once I realised about the level of work and dedication that goes into each bottle, I was completely hooked and it was a fantastic excuse to open up a few more bottles. I’ve worked in pubs, restaurants and sales and so I am very lucky that my current role utilises all of those things as well as getting to pursue my hobby on a daily basis. Though that can make it hard to switch off!
There are of course huge challenges facing the industry and trade but the opportunity to deal with independent business owners is extremely gratifying. From where we sit the stakes are high and competition is fierce but we all share a message about improving the public’s perception and experience of wine. It can sound fluffy but it’s one of things that sets this industry apart.
What is your wine career highlight? Meeting Jancis! One of the original women in wine.
If someone wanted to get in to the wine industry, what would your advice be? Drink! Or perhaps I should say ‘try’ lots of new things. The trade is about passion and how you can communicate that effectively with people. There are so many great wines out there that it can be overwhelming but if you keep trying and learn what you like, people can engage with that.
5 quick fire questions – Up close and Personal!
1. Favourite food and wine match? Savennieres & Scallops
2. Have you got tattoos if so, how many.. if not, are you tempted? No! I’m far too indecisive
3. What did you want to be when you were growing up? A playwright
4. What is your favourite season? Spring
5. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
2. To not need sleep
3. More women in wine!