Waitrose adds new MW buyers

30th October, 2013 by Gabriel Stone

Waitrose has bolstered its Master of Wine quota with the addition of two new buyers to the team.

Waitrose-1The arrival of Liam Steevenson MW and Xenia Irwin MW before the end of this year will mean that Waitrose will employ a total of five MWs, more than any other UK supermarket.

Joining the team on 4 November, Steevenson will take charge of buying for Australia, Burgundy, New Zealand and regional France.

Having passed the MW at his first attempt aged 28, he has previously worked for Majestic, Bibendum and Armit Wines, as well as running his own independent wine retail business Red & White in Devon for nine years.

Irwin joins the Waitrose team on 2 December as the buyer for multi-channel beers, wines & spirits for Waitrose Wines Direct.

With over 20 years experience in the wine trade, she has worked as an independent wine consultant, as well as for St Austell Brewery Company, the Spar retail chain and most recently as commercial manager at ABS Wine Agencies.

These new appointments coincide with the departure of Matt Smith, while current Waitrose buyer Maria Elener moves internally to take responsibility for Italy, South Africa, the Loire and Eastern Europe.

Welcoming the new arrivals, Waitrose head of beers, wines & spirits buying, Pierpaolo Petrassi MW said: “It’s a hugely exciting time for our team at the moment. Matt has had six very successful years at Waitrose and we wish him the best of luck. We’re looking forward to the fresh energy and pace that the two new members will bring to the team.”

One Response to “Waitrose adds new MW buyers”

  1. Spettabile Liam Steevenson,

    in occasione del Vinitaly avrei il piacere di invitarvi presso il nostro stand per proporle i nostri vini.

    La nostra azienda è situata sull’Etna, versante nord ovest, e la nostra linea di prodotti è composta da:
    Etna Rosso Doc Nerello Mascalese (annate 2009, 2010 e 2011);
    IG Terre Siciliane Pinot Nero (annata 2012);
    IG Terre Siciliane Traminer Aromatico (annata 2013).

    Non poca attenzione è stata rivolta da diversi giornalisti al Traminer Aromatico, in quanto risulta essere una varietà non autoctona del territorio etneo. Molti i commenti positivi dopo aver visitato i vigneti e assaggiato il vino, anche se il nostro “cru” rimane sempre l’Etna rosso Nerello Mascalese. L’annata 2010 ha vinto il grande esordio presso la guida i vini Veronelli.
    La nostra filosofia è quella di portare avanti le contrade, la “zonazione”. Alcuni dei nostri terreni ricadono in zone viticole “estreme” da questo la scelta del Pinot nero e del Traminer aromatico sull’Etna.

    Per qualsiasi informazione può contattarci agli indirizzi che troverà in calce, saremo pronti a risponderle e a chiarire ogni suo eventuale dubbio.

    Cordiali Saluti.

    Désirée Puglisi

    Vinitaly 2014
    Puglisi Nunzio
    Enò-trio
    Padiglione Sicilia, Stand Camera di Commercio 124H/123H – 132I/133I
    Postazione 6

    NUNZIO PUGLISI
    Tel.: +39/ 388 9542812
    enotrio.vini@gmail.com
    info@vinienotrio.com
    http://www.vinienotrio.com

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