St Austell Wines

About Us

Ruth Benney

Wine Development Manager

Key contact for wine in Cornwall, Plymouth, Dartmoor and the South Hams.
Ruth joined St Austell Wines in 2011 having previously worked in the education sector. Ruth’s go-to wine is usually something aromatic and white to compliment her takeaway food addiction. If she had to choose it would be Blue Horn Torrontes from Argentina which is fabulous with a fragrant Thai curry. When not working? Ruth likes to explore the geographical and culinary delights of the South West.

James Fineman

Wine Development Manager

Key contact for wine in Devon, Dorset and South Somerset.
James joined the team in 2006, having previously worked for Majestic Wine and Yapp Brothers. He loves the diversity of the industry and the product passion which runs right through its core. James’ desert island wine changes on a regular basis but he is rather partial to a bottle of Chapoutier’s Crozes Hermitage from the Rhône Valley. If the wine runs out however, James is just as happy with a pint of real ale. When not at work, James enjoys his second job as a glorified taxi driver to his two teenage children in between spending time out in the countryside with his black lab, Soba and tending to his small flock of rare breed sheep.

Kellie Davidson

Wine Development Manager

Key contact for wine in Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
Kellie joined the wine team in 2016 having worked for Matthew Clarke for the previous 13 years. She is a true people person and loves meeting new customers everyday, and they usually adore her right back. Kellie is a real advocate of the True Zin red from Puglia – Italy’s clever take on the popular Californian big red style. Failing that, a good Malbec usually hits the mark…or a G&T! Kellie is based in the Bath area and when not delighting her customers, loves a good stomp in the country with her trusty hound Millie.

Marla Montgomery

Assistant Buyer - Wine & Spirits

Marla has worked for the Brewery since 2001 and was the life and soul of the Telesales department until she was head-hunted by the wine team in 2017. Marla knows our portfolio inside out and loves being the font of all knowledge for our close-knit team. Having previously lived the high-life working for Virgin Atlantic, Marla is rather partial to a Champagne cocktail but nowadays is more likely to be found curled up with a good book and a glass of Pinot Grigio.

Phil Sandford

Wine Inventory Controller

Responsible for all inventory and logistics of wine
Phil has worked for the company since 1988 and whilst officially part of the Inventory Department, his role as the wine stock guru makes him integral to the wine team. Phil loves the ever-challenging logistics of the wine world and if you need to get a container load of the good stuff from one side of the planet to the other as quickly as possible, Phil’s your man. Whilst Phil is mostly fuelled by black coffee, once he gets home and puts his feet up, it’s with a glass of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc and his favourite vinyl playing on the Hi Fi in the background.

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