Why not take advantage of this excellent service ensuring perfectly chilled wines, ready to serve, for your special event. Your chosen wines are refrigerated overnight, loaded into our professional coolboxes, and then layered with ice packs, prior to delivery. Relax in the knowledge that your wine will keep cold for up to 48hours. Delivery can therefore take place the day before your event if required. The charge for this service is only £2.50/dozen bottles.
I’ve always loved food and wine. If you ask my mum, when I was a toddler, my parents used to buy their wine from an independent merchant who would visit us at home—apparently, I could always tell when the man from “slosh-bottle-hein” was coming! Growing up, I was lucky enough to be taken to many a fine restaurant and pub, which I suppose is where my passion really began.
After graduating from catering college in the mid-nineties I landed the manager’s post at Que Pasa in Leicester, where I discovered my love for independents and real, on-the-job learning. I had a really fun and successful year, then decided it was time to move on and see the world. I trained as a cocktail bartender for Princess Cruises and enjoyed a few seasons working both the Caribbean and the Alaskan runs.
I then travelled some more, using my catering skills to fund myself, and was lucky enough to visit, and sample, many of the ‘New World’ wine making regions. My travels took me mountain biking in the foothills of the Andes, visiting vineyards and staying hydrated thanks to the Malbec in my water bottles, and working at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, buying the traders’ leftovers, rustling up a bargain feast, and washing it all down with something from the Yarra Valley.
After almost a decade of travelling and working overseas, I settled in Rutland and took on the Horse & Panniers, spending three happy years there. Then I met Emily and, in order to keep the girl, gave up the pub, moved in with her, and took the manager’s post at the busy Salvador Deli in Leicester, which, for a lover of food and wine like me, was the perfect job.
I married Em in July 2011—we had a picnicstyle wedding, hampers full of deli goodies on every table and plenty of Viva Vino wine to celebrate with. I was already familiar with Viva Vino and its founder, Neil, but my own wedding was when I really came to understand what a brilliant business it is: an excellent service of quality wines, delivered hassle-free, at the right temperature, ready to drink, with glasses that you don’t have to wash up. Plus, extra wine that you can return—so no fear of running out!
So, there I was—happily married, working at a deli, developing my knowledge of food and wine, and sharing in my father-in-law’s hobby of owning the Fox & Goose pub at Illston on the Hill, enjoying its great ales and even greater Viva Vino wines—when, on a family holiday in the summer of 2015, I get a call from Neil. He’d decided that, after 25 years of building the Viva Vino business, it was time to sell.
It was a no-brainer. Without sounding too much like a 1980s razor commercial—I liked the product so much, I bought the company!
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