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, Islington
Role at The Sampler - Trainee Manager, Tasting Events
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:
Arthur Verdin, Wimbledon
Role at The Sampler - Manager
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:
Wimbledon, Tasting Events
William Roots, Wimbledon
Role at The Sampler - Assistant 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
Role at The Sampler - Running our trade arm 266 Wines www.266wines.co.uk
Hobbies - Making Cider, eating ham.
Contact Ben regarding:
Restaurant, Wholesale and American, Spanish, and Portugese Imports
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