In the second of our new summer series looking in to the lives of key people in the trade, we turn the spotlight on Daniel Lambert who was so convinced he could be a good wine importer he named the business after himself. With awards galore to his name it seems he knows what he’s doing.
Daniel Lambert shares his average week and wishes he had more time to go and source different wines to sell.
Describe your average week.
This would be checking in with most of our accounts around the UK and seeing what there needs are over the next two weeks. Then it is mainly dealing with logistics of getting wines out to customers, then chasing up supplier payments, processing out going orders, and finally getting stuff on Twitter.
Highlight of your last working week?
Turning round over 30 pallets of DPD stock in 24 hours.
Lowlight of your last working week?
An account went bust on us, the first one of the year.
What is the best part of your job?
The travel. I love travelling around the globe finding the wines that makes the whole thing work.
The thing about our job you would like to improve?
To have less time in the office and more time in the vineyards sourcing wine.
How has 2016 been for you and your business?
We are already 15% up on last year and it would have been more if it had not been for Brexit. But it seems that is settling down now.
Favourite restaurant you have eaten this year and why?
So many and most of them are abroad, not helpful I know!
Favourite bottle of wine you have had in the last month. Why and where did you drink it?
Trefethen Merlot from Trefethen Family Vineyards in California for red and Herré Sauvignon Blanc from Domaines de l’Herré in Gascony for white. Both wines offer the very best from their grape and these were drunk with friends at home.
If you could pick three people for a classic dinner party from the trade who would they be?
I really do know but any trade people for dinner can be fun if they bring nice wines!
Best job you have had in your career?
I am still doing it!
Where are you going on summer holidays and what are you drinking?
A road trip along the whole western coast of France. Three Villa’s two hotels in three weeks. Should be fun! I will pick up bottles along the way from suppliers in Loire, Bordeaux and the South West.
- Daniel Lambert was named Small Agent of the Year in the 2016 International Wine Challenge.
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