RichardLife before Grog
Set up Grog in May '99 after having worked for Oddbins for 10 years, R has the Wine and Spirit Education Trust 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. Motto: "Let's not take life too seriously"
JaniceLife 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 since September 1999.
"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 sliding across to join Grog in 2004. Red only has his level 2 wine exam but his road knowledge is Encyclopedic. In his limited spare time he likes to pretend he’s Elvis. His blood is made from 90% Chardonnay.
John BLife before Grog
Can you believe it? John worked for me in Oddbins about 26 years ago, then he ran the Grog Bar in Rose Street for 7 years, then Wildfire restaurant for a couple of years & then decided to rejoin the fold! He still looks SO baby faced (Alcohol is a preservative after all). John has his level 3 WSET from back when there were only 4 countries in the world making wine. John apparently runs the Grog Bottle Shop ably aided by Fraser, George & Angus.
Van GaryLife before Grog
Sleek, silent and stealthy like a Ninja. Highly organised and efficient. Was at School with Red but we don't hold that against him. If you look at him for too long you turn into a goat. Has a morbid, muttering, mumbling dislike of staircases (like most delivery folk). Since 2004 in Grog? Crumbs, how time flies.
Van ChrisLife before Grog
Big bloke, beard (mostly). 6 foot 4 inches & 18 stone & can carry 4 cases of wine at once! Played rugby for the Indian national team along with his brothers although all 3 hail from Jersey (he got paid in beer and curry). Don’t dare call him ugly. Chris has a degree in Geophysics from Edinburgh uni & is a qualified snowboard instructor (best of luck to his kids if they prefer skiing).
"John P"Life before Grog
General Sales Bod & DIY expert. John is half "sales", half "warehouse", but all man. John is a thinking man's man. So much thinking that he now has his WSET Diploma level 4. Also spends time thinking about doing DIY on his yacht in Monaco or Skiing in Val D'Isere, Avoriaz, Les Gets or the Dolomites. Ingrained in Grog since 2003.
Clare (right)Life before Grog
Clare has her level 3 (with distinction - no less) & is studying the level 4 diploma in wine. She cycles to work & often doesn't fall off (no wine involved). She has enormous experience working in various restaurants around Edinburgh & can pronounce "Gewurztraminer or Hárslevelű " effortlessly (go on, go on, test her!). Clare is a brand new Grogger - as she only started in 2016.
SimonLife before Grog
An oddly chirpy Teesider who was formerly known as an artist after 4 years at the Edinburgh college of Art. Simon loves a drop of wine 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, bicycles, mountains and Ridley Scott (who was also from Middlesbrough). Grogger since 2004
HeatherLife before Grog
A tactical drinker (she plans her drinking and eating 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... (hint hint). A 2006 vintage grogger. Heather is an industrious part-timer these days and appears to enjoy the adult interaction, obviously we aren't talking about Simon then. Level 3 WSET holder.
AngusLife before Grog
Angus started with us in 2020. He has a degree in something or other "Agricultural" and spent some time at Plumpton College (the wine one next to Brighton). Angus' dad was at school with Richard (yes, that long ago). He also has the dubious honour of still being young enough to play rugby and even more foolishly actually does so. Got his level 3 WSET (Merit) in 2021, congrats!
FraserLife before Grog
Fraser also started with us in 2020. Fraser graduated (unlike his father) from Edinburgh Uni and is super bright (also unlike his father). He has his WSET level 3 (Merit) wine qualification & likes the odd beer too. He is also Richard's son, but please don't hold that against him.