Meet the amazing team at Red & White Cellar who don’t just look good …
Meet Our Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
After finishing her Uni degree, (she's another smart cookie) & desperate to stay in Wellington, Sophie landed a job in wine retail and the rest is history!
Some tid-tibs about Soph - She's a rural Hawke's Bay dog loving lass turned (smallish) city gal. She's also a big foodie with a soft spot for brunch so you may bump into her in any of Wellington's fabulous eateries, sweating up a storm along the windy waterfront or circling the CBD in hunt of a precious carpark in order to do one or the other!
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!
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.
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......
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.
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…
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.
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.