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.
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.
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.
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.
She is no stranger to wine 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).
Come Friday Brittany is all about balancing busy work life by spending time outdoors - hiking, paddle boarding, hunting, entertaining friends and family with great food is where she is most content.
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!
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......
Armed with the know how of the inner workings of hospitality, Woody services the growing Christchurch hospo market in the new, exciting and expanding city. Having left after the earthquakes to travel the world, he is loving being home and part of the vibrant pulse that's back with a vengeance.
The new work/life balance has given Woody time to enjoy hobbies, snowboarding in the winter, mountain biking in the summer, playing board games and drinking wine with friends all year round.
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!
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…
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.
Born in Champagne (lucky) and raised in Champagne (lucky), she decided that she should really understand Champagne so completed her Wine and Champagne Masters degree in Reims (luck had nothing to do with it).
A glutton for adventure and new experiences, Lucille competed in a 100% female off road race in the Moroccan desert, the purpose to raise awareness around bone marrow donation. A 9 day roller coaster of emotions, adrenaline and transendence.
Her itchy feet and love for other cultures brought her to NZ, her 6 month stint now 3 years and counting and she is happy to call Aotearoa home.
Take her profile picture for example, not much tension to see there, she's all beer and dimples. Cool, Calm, Collected and ever so Cheeky.
Funnily enough in her spare time she also like to chill, relaxing at her favourite place, Lake Taupo. Boating and waterskiing to be exact, with a couple of cold ones on the beach or onboard.
Those Hawke's Bay locals sure do know how to enjoy the good life, must be something in the soil down there...
It's refreshing to have another male in the office as the female persuasion is strong. It's also helpful to have some extra brawn to help with heavy lifting when the volumes of wine boxes moving through the office are many. Call it strategic, but we've apted named him Mr Strong.
He spends a lot of time keeping active and plays a lot of sports. He also like to spend time socialising with mates and loves a cheeky beverage or 2.
Not at all a one trick Pony, Luis enjoys being artistic through various medias - arts and crafts projects, dabbling in photography, digital art and animation with a design background at Uni.