• What Bibendum’s John Graves gets up to in summer

    When he’s not helping to source and sell wine to Bibendum’s premium on-trade accounts, its on-trade channel director, John Graves, likes nothing more than packing up his tent and bike and heading to France for his summer holidays. Here he shares his loves and hates about the long summer months and why he doesn’t travel far without PG Wodehouse, Miles Davis and some sardines for the BBQ.

    When he’s not helping to source and sell wine to Bibendum’s premium on-trade accounts, its on-trade channel director, John Graves, likes nothing more than packing up his tent and bike and heading to France for his summer holidays. Here he shares his loves and hates about the long summer months and why he doesn’t travel far without PG Wodehouse, Miles Davis and some sardines for the BBQ.

    mm By September 2, 2018

    Its been quite an eventful year for all those working at Bibendum, who probably deserve a good summer break more than any of us. Here John Graves shares what he will be getting up to and taking a welcome break from the rigours of the premium on-trade..and Southern Rail.

    What are your plans for the summer holidays? 

    Graves in full summer holiday mode camping in France
    Graves in full summer holiday mode camping in France

    Camping in the south of France (no socks with sandals though).

    How good are you at switching off on holiday and staying away from work? 

    Average, I like to check in every now and again. There’s always something going on and people needing some support. I find it stops me worrying and has a positive and relaxing effect

    What are you most looking forward to doing when on holiday and having some spare time? 

    Wine, food, fresh air, water, cycling, and maybe even some culture.

    Any books you looking to catch up on? 

    Usually PG Wodehouse on holiday.

    Any recent films you looking to catch up on? 

    Apart from The Great Escape, there’s a cycling film about time-trialling I’m keen to see,

    All time favourite film to watch when on summer holiday? 

    It's a toss up between Confessions of a Window Cleaner...and Godfather Part 2.
    It’s a toss up between Confessions of a Window Cleaner…and Godfather Part 2.

    Confessions of a Window Cleaner, or The Godfather Part 2.

    Favourite summer and holiday music?

    Single:  ‘Hocus Pocus’ by Focus

    Album:  Probably something by Miles Davis

    Favourite music video that sums up summer holiday?

    Rio -Duran Duran

    Bucket list holiday destinations that you have not got to yet…

    Always wanted to go to Istanbul. 

    Best summer drink?

    Harvey’s best somewhere on the South Downs.

    Favourite summer meal?
    Sardines on the BBQ.
    The ideal place for a sundowner and watching the sunset?
    Tour de France 2013 - Stage 15 - 242.5KM - Givors to Mont Ventoux
    Summit of Mt Ventoux with the bike.

    How has 2018 been so far for you? 

    The epitome of the Curate’s Egg, very excited to be part of the rebirth of Bibendum.

    Happiest or biggest achievement moment so far? 

    Still being here and doing great business.

    Most challenging moment?

    Grab it whilst you can...
    Grab it whilst you can…

    Every time I step on a Southern Rail train

    What are the biggest issues facing your business for the 12 months ahead?

    The instability of the on-trade market.

    What steps can you take to address them?

    Try to work with great operators.

    What are you most looking forward to when the clocks go back and winter comes? 

    Oloroso sherry

    You got a footy team? If so what are their chances next season?

    Bristol City. I’d take another season of flattering to deceive.

    Anything else?

    I would be delighted to see Donald Trump removed from power and the world taking climate change seriously.

    • If you would like to share your summer stories with The Buyer then please fill in the questions above and send to Richard Siddle at richardsiddle@btopenworld.com. 
      • Chrislikeswine
      • September 3, 2018
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      Confessions of a window cleaner – So Graves.

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