Meet some of the key people behind The Vinorium
Founder & Director
Without Stuart’s commitment, energy and relentless drive, Z&B Vintners / The Vinorium would not be where it is today. Stuart has spent close to 25 years in the wine trade and despite his wealth of expertise; he is very much a hands-on owner / Director. Stuart’s main responsibility (putting the running of our company aside) is the buying of all our wines; from Bordeaux En-Primeur to establishing new UK exclusivities.
Outside of wine, Stuart is a competitive road cyclist and, after taking too many years out for the benefit of our company, is re-emerging as a mountaineer with some big mountain plans. We strongly suggest a visit to Stuart’s website www.stuartmccloskey.com where you will find some truly stunning high-altitude photos taken whilst climbing in the Himalaya and beyond.
Stuart has an incredible weakness for all wines but places 2009 Château Ausone & 2010 Vieux Château Certan as his two current favourites. Pinot Noir from RAEN, By Farr, DuMOL, Paul Lato, Devotus and Chardonnay from Flowstone, Deep Woods and Chanin are missing from our shelves on a weekly basis...
Junior Buyer & Head of Private Client Sales
Magdalena joined our company in 2014 and has quickly risen to be one of the company’s brightest stars. Her passion and determination has lead Magda to head-up our entire private clients which is an excellent achievement. More recently, Magda’s career has progressed to the joint role as Junior Buyer were she will learn the intricacy of this multifaceted department. Outside of work, Magdalena enjoys creations of cinema and music. She is also a keen photographer and a lot of her free time is spent simply on travelling in the hunt for new inspirations.
Best Vinorium wine to date: Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2010
Peter Private Client Sales
Peter joined The Vinorium in January 2019 to work closely with and under the guidance of Magda as part of the private client’s sales team.
Peter began working with wines as the bar manager and wine waiter at a city centre, Italian restaurant in Sheffield working with a wine list of over 150 Italian wines. After undertaking and gaining a distinction for the WSET level 2 he decided to make wine his career focus and went on to complete the WSET level 3. Soon after he joined a Dorset based wine merchant where he spent 5 years, the last 3 of which working as the manager and is currently studying for his WSET Diploma.
Outside of work Peter enjoys family life with his wife and 2 year old son, studying about, talking about and drinking wine, music (particularly jazz) art and photography.
Best Vinorium wine to date: Glaetzer-Dixon Avancé Pinot Noir 2017.
James Designer & E-Marketing
James is a highly talented illustrator / designer and brings with him a wealth of experience. James is responsible for all our in-house, website and e-marketing design, which we believe he does a fantastic job. More recently, he has taken on the complex role of online marketing and search engine optimisation, which is at the forefront of creating our online presence.
Best Vinorium wine to date: Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2013
Michelle Accounts Manager
Michelle has a wealth of experience, having previously spent five years with the excellent Rhone specialists, Yapp Brothers. January 2019, celebrates an additional six year milestone with our company. Michelle has been an extraordinary asset from day one and led the operations and accounting aspect of our company superbly.
Outside of work she enjoys trying new wines, cooking, long walks with the dogs, shopping and hunting out restaurants that have excellent vegetarian menus (which can prove quite a task!)
Best Vinorium wine to date: 2014 Glaetzer-Dixon La Judith Pinot Noir
Natalie joined The Vinorium in 2017 after almost twenty years’ experience in buying roles within premium stores including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Natalie spent her first year with The Vinorium looking after the logistics and client service side of the business and really enjoyed getting to know both the industry and the customers. Natalie starts her second year working closely with Michelle in our accounts team.
Outside of work Natalie has two small children who try their hardest to ensure she has very little quiet time to enjoy things like reading and going to the cinema.
Natalie’s best Vinorium wine to date: Anthill Farms Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir
Shontelle Client Services & Logistics
Shontelle has spent over ten years in a variety of administrative and sales-based roles; most recently working alongside a globally recognised toy brand. She is very excited to begin her new journey in the wine industry!
Outside of work, she enjoys eating out with friends (a lot), loves cake and enjoys to bake herself. Making a wedding cake for a childhood friend is her biggest cake achievement! She has a real passion for travelling, and loves to see the sunrise in different parts of the world. Most recently she embarked on a Sunrise trek in Nepal; Poon Hill, Ghorepani - reaching an altitude of 3210 metres after quite a challenging but extremely exhilarating 5 day trek with friends. Being able to witness a sunrise over the Annapurna South mountain range was rather breathtaking.
Gayle Client Services & Logistics
Gayle has recently joined the team bringing many transferable skills, having spent nearly 20 years within the Finance Industry. Her experience to date spans from Investment Administration to Data Analyst.
Having always had an interest in wine and hoping to pursue a career in the industry, last year Gayle achieved a distinction in the WSET level 2 and is currently working towards Level 3. She is looking forward to the opportunities and invaluable knowledge working for The Vinorium will bring. Her current role will be focusing on the logistics and customer service side of the business.
Outside of work, she enjoys watching films, TV dramas and baking birthday cakes for her nephews. Her holidays and weekends away, often incorporate trips to Vineyards for wine tastings. Two holidays to Australia remain her most memorable, including trips to Hunter Valley and Tasmania, with family and friends.
Jody Client Services & Logistics
Jody joined the team in 2017 and brought with her many years of customer service, retail and administration experience. Her role is focused on delivering our customers the best possible level of service and ensuring that their wines are well cared for. This involves answering queries, booking deliveries and keeping everyone up to date on their latest orders. She is also responsible for looking after all aspects of the logistics side of the business which includes getting new wines added to the website, shipping trade orders and updating our stock listings.
Outside of work Jody enjoys going to the cinema, music gigs and skiing.
Jody’s best Vinorium wine to date: Blank Canvas Pinot Noir 2015