A combination of 2 of my favourite things in life, a bike shop in a wine warehouse...
GROG WHO?? The blurb...
GROG WHO?? The blurb...
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Richard - life before GrogSet up Grog in May '99 after having worked for Oddbins (remember them?) for 10 years, latterly in Edinburgh as a branch manager and staff "Product" Trainer. R has the wset Diploma and has done the first year Master of Wine. He is also a wset Approved Tutor. A far too keen drinker & taster, as friends(& wife) will testify, with a fondness for anything decent made from grapes...R has what is termed in the trade a "commercial" palate ie. he likes what most people like. Redness of complexion is a trick of the camera. Holds the record for the heaviest bottle bank in his street.
Janice - life before Grog
Behind every great man there’s a great woman. If it wasn‘t for Janice the rest of us would have no wine to sell, no money, no fuel to put in the vans, no vans to put fuel in and so on and so forth. Allegedly sat down for a sandwich once. Has worked for Grog for 14.5 yrs (since childhood).
Simon - life before Grog
A ridiculously chirpy Teesider who was formerly known as an artist at the Edinburgh College of Art. Simon loves a drop of wine most minutes of the day and tends to know slightly more about what he’s drinking than the people who made it. He will pontificate at length on many things including wine, art, cycles, mountains (athletic rather than aesthetic), Middlesbrough, Ridley Scott (who was also from Middlesbrough). Now in his 11th year at Grog. Party time?
Heather - life before Grog
A tactical drinker (she likes to plan her drinking out loud) with a taste for all the finer things in life but not the bank account to match. Rumoured to be an excellent cook too... (hint hint). A 8th year grogger. Heather is away on maternity leave at the moment. Congratulations to her, Steve & baby Rouri.
John B - life before Grog
Can you believe it? John worked for me in Oddbins about 17 years ago, then he ran the Grog Bar for about 7 years. He has been running Wildfire restaurant for the last couple of years & decided to return to the fold! He still looks SO baby faced!
"Red" - life before Grog
Red (also know as Ian) was Oddbins' "Van man" in Edinburgh for 10 years (where Richard originally gave him the job!) until sloping across to join Grog about 11 years ago. Red only has his "Intermediate" wine exam but his road knowledge is Encyclopaedic. Likes to pretend he’s Neil Young and his blood is made from 100% Chardonnay. Red & Janice only recently discovered they stood in the same queue for a Status Quo concert 31 years ago. Oh how things could be so different today. Aspires to enter "Pop Master on Radio 2" with specialist subject of Elvis.
Gary - life before Grog
Sleek, silent and stealthy like a Ninja. Highly organised and efficient. If you look at him for too long you turn into a goat. Has a morbid, muttering dislike of staircases (like most delivery folk). 10 years in Grog? Crumbs, how time flies.
"Chris" - life before Grog
Big bloke, beard (sometimes). 6 foot 4 inches & 18+ stone & can carry 8 cases of wine at once. When I say 18 stone, I mean 20 stone, he put on 2 stone in his month in Argentina (Argentina now has a shortage of red wine & red meat). He has played rugby for the Indian national team. Don’t dare call him ugly. Chris has a degree in Geophysics & is a qualified snowboard instructor. Probably the most overqualified van driver on the planet. Not quite as hairy in the flesh as his picture would suggest. Disappears for all of January snow surfing every (& I mean every) year; even in 2013 & 2014 with baby in tow!..
Jamie - life before Grog
It's true, we did indeed recruit Jamie on the basis of not having to change any e-mail address'/business cards etc.That, and the fact his lovely wife bakes cakes for a living - and delicious they are too! After a few years living in London, Jamie hankered back to the quiet life and returned North. Bit of a career change from banking (boo, hiss) to peddling wine, but he is following his heart (if not his pocket!). He also increases our respectability tenfold!
"John P" - life before GrogGeneral Sales Bod & DIY expert. Bought a state of the art racing bicycle which doesn't have brakes, pretty good in Holland methinks, Edinburgh?! ..strange he doesn't use it much. John is half sales, half warehouse, but all man. John is also a thinking man's man. Only does four days a week so he can spend time thinking about doing DIY on his yacht in Monaco or Skiing in Avoriaz & Les Gets.
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