Meet our Team


Phil Beaven, Managing Director

Role at The Sampler - Far much more than I ever imagined when accepting the job!
Hobbies - Working my way through our amazing range and trying to come to terms with my allergy to anything red! Breathing a sigh of relief when returning home each evening to Oxfordshire, gardening and spending time with my family.

Contact Phil regarding: 
Retail, Wholesale & Private Client


Dawn Mannis, Founder

Role at The Sampler - Quality control, interfering in everything, talking.
Hobbies - Utilising staff discount, eating - especially spicy food and crisps. Making playlists. Pubs.

Contact Dawn regarding: 
Wedding Lists, Dpd Buying, The Friday Email


Christina Holzer, Buying, Logistics and Private Client Manager

Role at The Sampler - Getting paid to taste and order wines with someone else’s money. Then shipping the stuff which involves worrying about custom strikes hail in vineyards, trying to communicate with wine makers in different time zones and languages. Also helping with the restaurant sales and drinking litres of tea. 
Hobbies - Trying to learn French to improve communication with wine makers. According to Alexandre Filaine, one of our Champagne growers, my French is “charming”, which means I still have a long way to go. Also wine in general, as studying for to be a Master of Wine doesn’t leave much time for anything else. Luckily this also includes lots of trips to wine regions.

Contact Christina regarding: 
Buying, Logistics and Private Client Sales


Jamie Hutchinson, Founder

Role at The Sampler - Buying old and rare booze. Talking about booze. Drinking booze. Having headaches.
Hobbies - Drinking, fishing, bread baking, sausage making. Trying to love cycling too, but currently feels a bit like hard work and doesn't fit in with the headaches.

Contact Jamie regarding: 
Selling your old and rare bottles to The Sampler


Matt James, Islington

Role at The Sampler - Manager and selecting (drinking) our craft beer range.
Hobbies - Music, going to gigs, exploring London, collecting books which I really should read one day, Aston Villa and hanging around with my dog Squire.

Contact Matt regarding: 
Craft Beer and Deliveroo


Yassine Saleh, Islington

Role at The Sampler - Assistant Manager, Managing our Wine Club membership
                     Hobbies - Mad about Syrah ! Other hobbies include eating lentils, cooking lentils, discovering new restaurants, fine wine, art movies, Tequila, Mezcal and eating more lentil related foods.

Contact Yassine regarding:
The Sampler Wine Club


Eleanor Stevens, Putney

Role at The Sampler - Assistant Manager, Putney
Hobbies - Talking about Spain, talking about Spanish wines, annoying eveyone with South American music! Talking about my cat,

trying to learn German and of course spending all my money on wine.

Contact Eleanor regarding:
 Tasting Events in Putney


Arthur Verdin, Putney

Role at The Sampler - Manager Putney
Hobbies - Playing cricket, travelling, complaining, walking (normally in the wrong direction or into inaccessible areas) cooking successfully,cooking but with delusions of grandeur which leads to failure and tears. Reading.

Contact Arthur regarding: 


William Roots, Wimbledon

Role at The Sampler - Manager, Wimbledon
Hobbies - experiments with hops & (beer) home-brewing, occasional bike-rides and, when I can afford it, skiing - plus, of course, any avoidance activities to distract from revising for wine-theory exams! 

Contact Will regarding: 
Wimbledon, Tasting Events


Ben Slater, Trade Sales Manager 266 Wines

For Restaurant and Trade Enquiries please contact 266 Wines 


Jonathan Davies, Head Office

Role at The Sampler - Assistant Manager. Buying, Locistics and Private Client
Hobbies - Making and selling Tacos 

Contact Jonathan regarding: 
 Logistics and Private Client Sales 



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