MD / Owner
Milly spent her early career in the art world in corporate development at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Science Museum before moving to Hong Kong in 2000 where she worked for the HK International Arts Festival. Having been bitten by the wine bug following many winemakers dinners in Hong Kong and trips to wine regions in Australia and New Zealand, she embarked on the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) exams in 2005 and on return to the UK in 2009, after 2 years living in Sydney, she completed the Advanced level.
She then worked for Christopher Piper Wines, (a fine wine merchant based near Exeter) and imported her own selection of wines from Le Marche, Italy, where she has a villa and a vineyard, Monastero di Favari (www.monasterofavari.com).
In 2014, Milly gained the WSET Diploma whilst juggling her 3 children and restoring the Italian villa and is now an Associate of the Institute of Wines and Spirits. A big fan of central Italian whites, Vermentino, Verdicchio and Pecorino, Milly also has a soft spot for barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc - and for favourite red, also Italian, the Super-Tuscan Tignanello.
Retail & Wholesale Development Manager
Marcus is a newcomer to the wine trade but brings with him an extensive background in previous sales and marketing roles gained within the automotive and consulting industry. Having recently completed two WSET courses where he gained a merit, he is now delighted to be combining his love of wine with this new and exciting career move!
He’s already making new wine discoveries and in addition to a love of Tempranillo based Spanish full-bodied reds, can now be found excitedly scanning the shops shelves for both the familiar but also some lesser known wine varieties from far flung corners of the world. Outside of work, Marcus’s other main passion is motorcycles. A two-wheeled wine discovery trip around Europe is top of his bucket list.
He joins SWC as the new retail and wholesale development manager and is really enjoying engaging with our customers both old and new. If you’re in the area do pop in, say hello and join Marcus on his wine discovery journey!
Kevin teaches WSET wine courses with The Somerset Wine Company. He holds the WSET Diploma (that body's highest qualification.) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Having spent his early career as a teacher in the Higher Education sector, Kevin has been a WSET tutor for many years now and has taught at all levels up to Diploma in the UK, China, Japan, Turkey, Dubai and the US. He is also an invigilator for the WSET.
In addition, Kevin is a winemaker in Napa Valley, California and makes wine from many different grape varieties including Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Greco di Tufo. His own favourite wines are from the Rhone Valley.
WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC VENUE
Our retail shop is situated in the heart of the picturesque market town of Castle Cary, on the old cobbles adjacent to the 19th century Market House building.
Appropriately enough, our shop used to be an old Cider Inn, The Angel. We share the premises Market Place with Pinsents Deli, offering the perfect marriage of great wine with gorgeous cheeses and charcuterie.
We offer an international range of smaller producer wines, many certified organic & biodynamic, to suit everyone’s palate & budget.
There’s a wine for every occasion. If you need help choosing please ask our qualified staff for advice - we love to help with food & wine matching too!
“We are delighted to have been acknowledged by Drinks International, Drinks Retailing News and Harpers Wine & Spirit publications and chosen as a Finalist in the Drinks Retailing Awards as Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2021!”
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