Meet Our Team

Meet the amazing team at Red & White Cellar who don’t just look good …

Blair Duncan

Managing Director

Blair Duncan; formidable public speaker, Liverpool supporter, wrist watch enthusiast and lover of wine has been an industry leader for longer than he cares to remember.

Blair first started Cellar Ltd in Wellington and then joined forces with the Aussies 10 years ago to form Red+White Cellar. He is passionate about his business, (don’t be fooled, apparently he’s always working…) his brands (he doesn’t just drink them, he lives them) and his loyal team of trusty side kicks that kick ass selling wine all over the country (Dave is the Robin to his Batman).

He has worked hard to build a company that is recognised as providing amazing service, sell premium products and brands and who love to have a bit of fun.

Dave Aberhart

National Sales Manager

Dave Aberhart, Mr Muscle of Russel (age 8 yrs) has kept kicking life goals. Starting at Red+White Cellar (a long time ago) as a sales rep to now leading the pack, he supports the sales team in their pursuit to be industry leaders, all the while maintaining his good looks and svelte physique (he is a master of the Gazelle and the Worm).

His devotion to his team and his brands is unquestionable, although a quick conversation is a good conversation in Dave's book, understandably he is a busy man and doesn't sit still for long.

As well as being loved by his team, he is well respected by the industry, being greeted more like an old friend than a work colleague.

One of his greatest loves outside of work is the ocean, taking solitude in the surf to a soundtrack of great tunes or travelling to new coastal spots to chill out with his daughter.

Jonathan Tuohey

CFO

Not your average bean counter, the elusive Jono Tuohey is a man of many talents. One notable string to his bow - managing a New Zealand band that signed the (NZ) biggest advance record contract of all time at the time, probably...

Apart from keeping the books ship shape, he's quite the wheeler and dealer, always cutting a deal to his extensive book of contacts, is mad into football (fan boys over THFC), loves a lengthy phone conversation about who knows what and is a genuine G.B. who bends over backwards to help his workmates out

When he's taking time out, he's often sailing the high seas on his yacht, spending quality time with his wife and 3 beautiful girls, shooting ducks, running amock, or hollering at a tv screen at men in tight shorts.

Beth Fontinha

Auckland

Another long-time standing member of the red+white family, Beth has ruled the retail roost for over 12 years, making sure our delicious drops are readily accessible to the greater Auckland region for your drinking pleasure.

When the weekend beckons, Beth can be seen brunching at the newest spots around Auckland with hubby Mario, walking Takapuna beach with her girls, or at home preparing a feast fit for a Sunday long lunch, with some carefully chosen vino to compliment the spread.

Apparently she is quite adept at synchronised swimming, and although we're yet to witness a demonstration in the flesh, we have no need to doubt this is one of the many things in her box of tricks.

Brittany Gillespie

Auckland

The spring chicken of the whanau, Brittany was new to the team in 2018 and has her hands full looking after customers East, South, & Central Auckland, Matakana and Waiheke. She's no stranger to wine though, having grown up with wine in her blood (her granddad was a winemaker who would eagerly coax her and her siblings under the table for a sneaky sip at family gatherings).

It goes with the territory that she enjoys a glass or two of the good stuff but come Friday, when the clock strikes 5, she's all about balancing her busy work life spending time outdoors - hiking, paddle boarding, in her kitchen cooking up a storm, or at Boxing Alley - she has a mean right hook!

John Meehan

Northland/Auckland

John has been Blair's wingman since the inception of Cellar Ltd, the then-based Wellington company that grew from humble beginnings.

Fast forward to the present and there are not many people in the industry that Johnny hasn't wooed with our quality offerings. His primary customer base is quality Auckland on-premise and one of his great successes has been positioning and protecting our brands in key Auckland and Northland accounts.

While during work hours you may well bump into him enjoying a glass with a customer, outside of the work realm he's out of sight - gardening (with an enviable vege patch that would impress the greenest of thumbs) entertaining & relaxing, always to a soundtrack of modern electronic music.

Charlotte Vickers

Auckland

Charlotte's debut in hospo was working the tuck shop at the Go Kart track in Mt Wellington at the ripe age of 12. She has come a long way since then, finding her sweet spot looking after hop-heads; being a self professed lover of the brown and frothy ale, you could say this is a marriage made in heaven.

When not peddling our wares, she can usually be found at the theatre, a gallery opening (she's one classy lady), eating French cuisine at home made with love by her personal chef, or on a bar stool nursing a pint of something cold and frothy, showing the boys how its done.

Rachel Baillie

Waikato/BOP/Taupo/Coromandel

Rachel possibly covers the most ground for red+white cellar and goes over and above for her customers, sometimes driving ridiculous distances to hand deliver an order.

Coupled with the fact she has just had her 4th child and still manages to keep her customers well stocked, pretty much gives her hero status in our books.

Rachel Watson

Wellington/Taranaki/Horowhenua/Whanganui

A little ray of sunshine, Rachel has been bringing her boundless energy to the Wellington on trade since October 2016.

She's a girl after our own heart who loves a tipple (did someone say Champagne?), a good girlie shopping session or catching some sunshine on an epic Wellington day. She's also not afraid to show up the blokes with a rod in hand, her biggest catch to date an 18lb Snapper.

If she's not catching the dinner, she'll be in the kitchen preparing it in her green oasis amidst her lush indoor plant collection.

James Jackson

Wellington/Wairarapa/Hawke's Bay/Gisborne

As an avid foodie, lover of wine, culture and extravagantly expensive shoes, Wellington was the obvious place for James to nest after moving back from Melbourne where he has eagerly worked to expand his Wellington client list.

James enjoys exploring and discovering new and fantastic places to dine locally in Wellington but also up and down the east coast of NZ. He's often walking and discovering some of Wellington’s stunning coast lines, trying to counterbalance the amount of amazing cuisine and wine he gets to ingest as part of the job, tough life there Jimmy.

Erin Palmisano

Nelson/Marlborough

Part time salesperson for red+white cellar, full time restauranteur with her partner in two iconic Nelson establishments, The Boat Shed Cafe and Parts & Service, it's lucky Erin has unlimited energy and a positivity that's infectious.

She covers the top of the South Island, servicing restaurants, bars, and shops that specialise in exciting fine wines from around the world.

Her personal interests are delightfully similar to her work interests - if it involves food, wine, and/or travel (preferably all three together), she is one happy gal!

Brad Nolan

Kaikoura/Christchurch/Timaru

An accomplished winemaker in his not-so-previous life, Brad left his gumboots and the grapes at the amazing Muddy Water Winery for a new challenge in sales. What we've quickly learnt is that Brad is no one-trick pony, taking the reins less than a year ago and making light work of getting to know his restaurant and retail customers in an ever changing Christchurch landscape.

When he is not talking wine or helping new establishments build stellar wine lists, he likes to be at home with his wife, children and dog; often in the kitchen cooking and always with a glass of something delicious.

Brad also enjoys dabbling in photography, taking pics mostly of the greatest loves in his life - family, food, and wine.

Juanita Hart

Central Otago/Otago/Southland

Pocket-rocket
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Noun: Pocket-rocket
A petite, vivacious woman.
``She's a little pocket rocket.``

Petite enough to fit in your pocket, but a force to be reckoned with, Juanita has one gear and that's full throttle.

Living and breathing wine in Central Otago, Juanita understands her customer's needs and devotes herself to supporting them with her time, services and wine - always having a bottle at the ready when a welcomed distraction from the hectic hospo scene beckons.

After all, when you live in wine country, it's your responsibility to embrace it......

Lisa Schultz

Integration Manager

Schultzy’s business card says she’s the “business integration manager”; it should read “one who gets it done”. Basically, if you need something done yesterday, she’s your woman.

This is Lisa’s third stint at Red+White, we’re tempted to say she’s a glutton for punishment, but really we think she’s finally come to her senses..

An expert on stock, a wiz on design and a masterful event organiser, Lisa is the glue that holds us together.

She’s paid her dues in hospo, (once reviewed as Princess Perky) many of you will know her from her various posts over the years, suffice to say she understands what our suppliers and customers need, and pulls out all the stops to deliver.

Renee Brown

Accounts Manager

Unassumingly adept and with fingers like lightning, Renee navigates her way around our systems like Neo through the Matrix; the gatekeeper of accounts, Renee makes light work of keeping the books in order and our daily operations tight.

Her knowledge of processes means she is our go-to girl, and we’ve learnt that even when she is working through a monster to-do list, for a bottle of her favourite Dog Point Pinot Noir, she is putty in our hands.

At home, her daughter Ola keeps her on her toes, literally, with promises of becoming the next Flo-Jo with her keen ability and love of running. Renee’s love of R&B doesn’t go unnoticed either, shaking things up on the D-floor at staff gatherings, possibly how she has such enviable pins…

Jessica Amey

Inventory Manager

In 2017 after some gentle persuasion, Jess took on the massive role of managing inventory. From local doors & international shores, she moves wine by way of boat, truck, train and on occasion, plane to ensure its at your fingertips wherever you are around the country.

Meticulously organised (down to her slight stationary obsession) and sharp as a tack, she is the perfect girl for the job.

Her effervescent personality brings an energy to the office, coupled with the frequent sounds of her enthusiastic song and pitch-perfect(ish) whistle, keeping us forever entertained.

It will be a more sedate office when she ventures to Europe in September for a well-deserved lengthy holiday but never fear, she’ll be back in time to unload many, many containers of precious cargo to kickstart your Christmas cheer.

Olivia Maidment

Customer Service

Sit with Olivia for half an hour and you’ll discover she’s quite the dark horse, with many intriguing layers to our formidable customer service luminary.

Charming, quick-witted and articulate, she is a gun problem solver, her attention to detail means she doesn’t miss a beat and goes hammer and tongs every morning to get product on your shelves.

Olivia is no wallflower and doesn’t hold back letting her voice be heard, getting involved in local community causes and challenging the status quo.

Downtime for Olivia means skiing, eating and drinking her way around Auckland, catching a live gig or mooching on Pauanui Beach.