THE GLOBAL SOURCE OF FINE WINE AND SPIRITS
We are not like other wine companies. We supply you with exceptional artisanal wines made with individual care direct from the producers, cutting out the middle man. Our wines are made by top of their class producers in classic wine regions, but those doing things differently: working sustainably in harmony with nature to get the very best from their vineyards. We believe wine is for enjoying and we make buying it and drinking it a pleasure for you. Occasions and moments are more important now than ever. With our convivial and professional approach to what is one of the most delightful, sensual, uplifting pleasures in the world, we give you those experiences. On top of this, we naturally offer personal and thoughtful service, first-rate delivery, and advice on investment and storage.
Wine Source is a global premium wine supplier. We came in to existence with the vision of providing clients with the best wines - sourced directly from top châteaux and domaines - alongside specialist consultancy from world-class trade professionals.
We offer a wine-buying experience that is truly bespoke, client-led and unique within the wine trade. Our reputation enables us to source rare and specific vintages directly from the cellars of the most highly regarded wine producers in the world.
We think of ourselves as the world's 'Fine Wine Concierge' service: a modern wine company made of fresh-thinking experts, delivering a customised service. Our team is made up of highly experienced fine wine merchants and sommeliers from Michelin-starred restaurants.
Our fully regulated WSF SICAV Wine Fund adds a further element to the Wine Source offering. Investors and loyal customers are invited to join the elite Melchior Club, to benefit from a global concierge service and exclusive events.
81, Boulevard Pierre 1er 33110 Le Bouscat France
+33 (0)556 424 408Legnicka, Wroclaw, Poland
124 Towner Road Singapore 327815
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Wine Source Group USA, LLC. 104 West 40th Street, Suite 506 New York, NY 10018
+1 646-475-8376Legnicka, Wroclaw, Poland
The industry for sourcing wine seemed dull and impersonal to Philippe when he decided to change the game. Though his initial career was in the tech world, he was always an experienced wine collector and investor. He followed his passion and started his own company with a vision to deliver immaculate service through professional experience. He received his US Wine Professional Degree from WSS with Honors. Besides being the founder of Wine Source Group and the Wine Source Fund, he is the founding investor in a large range of industries. Previously, Philippe was the President EMEA of Polaroid, the Head of Digital Business and CMO at Kodak Europe, and Director and Country Manager at Lexmark.
Born and raised in Capri, where her passion of wine was fostered. Viviana's first taste of the wine industry was as an Assistant Manager at wine shop Aurora Vino, while also studying Foreign Trade Markets Economy in Naples university and obtaining an Italian Sommelier Association Level 2. She was the first to join Wine Source Group in 2011 and grew alongside this fast-paced environment from Sales Admin Manager to Group Sourcing and Operations Manager. Viviana is currently studying for her WSET Level 4 diploma certificate in Wines & Spirits.
Thirteen years ago, Ruth began her wine career running around the cellar of a specialist Burgundy merchant, stacking shelves and packing boxes for the well-heeled of London and beyond. A year later she had graduated to Enotria, one of the UK's biggest wine importers, where several years in on trade and national sales taught her the sharp end of the industry. In 2016 she took the leap to Wine Source Group, attracted by the top agencies, the dynamic, international team, and the sheer excitement of working with great people in a fresh-thinking wine services company.
Hugues started his Sommelier career in London working for The Bleeding Heart Group. After 2 years he was given the opportunity to work for renowned Chef Alain Ducasse at The Louis XV in Monaco (3 Michelin Star Restaurant). There he learned everything he has based his career on. His first Head Sommelier position was at the Claridges Hotel for Gordon Ramsay, followed by Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and finally The Connaught Hotel working with Helene Darroze. He is now the Private Client Director at Wine Source and has been with the company for almost 4 years. Hugues has an established network of private clients and HNWIs. He is one of the most famous and respected sommeliers in UK.
Axel received a well-rounded education at INSEEC with a Masters degree in wine sales and a second Masters in wine marketing. Before joining WSG, Axel worked in hospitality, a motor company, and as an assistant marketer for Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Another important position to note was being a wine dealer for the Bureau de Courtage François Lévêque.
She is the first French woman and one of only three female Master Sommeliers in the UK. She won best UK Sommelier of the year 2006, the same year she passed as Master. She is a member of the jury in UK Sommelier of the Year, which presents the opportunity to meet sommeliers from all restaurants in the UK. Her previous experience as sommelier includes Bernard Loiseau In Burgundy, Michel Gerard in the South West of France, both 3* Restaurants and Hotel du Vin in UK. She was also the on-trade account manager for the largest UK wine merchant Enotria.
Lucinda Floyd is a key member of the Wine Source Private Client team. WSET qualified, she has worked exclusively with Fine Wine and those who enjoy collecting bottles and pulling corks since 2008. Originally from Northern Ireland, she holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Queen’s University, Belfast. Lucinda has gained a depth of knowledge from sourcing and managing private cellars and extensive portfolios across the world and is confident dealing with the intricacies and due diligence this requires. Whether you are in the early stages of curating your first cellar, or would like inspiration to reinvigorate what you already own, she is well equipped to leverage the wealth of resources and relationships Wine Source enjoy with their agencies and key partners.
Thomas, now managing account portfolios for our private clients, was raised in the most classic Parisian home where food and drink stood at the core of family activity. Four course meals served with sensational wine are still the norm even today. This did much to foster Thomas's love of fine wine and food, even though he went ahead to excel in kickboxing which resulted in the French national championship. To further explode any convention, Thomas graduated from the well known Ecole Boulle with a Diplome des metiers des Arts. He completed WSET 2 to further his knowledge when he began collecting and trading wine for himself and his friends. In true modern terms, Instagram is what also allowed him to meet and drink with fellow wine collectors and enthusiasts alike to train his palate as well as his knowledge through tasting a wide range of wines.
Tom is highly versed in the wide world of food and wine. He has tasted wine in Uzbekistan and Myanmar, worked on vineyards in Marlborough (NZ), Margaret River, Minho and Calabria, and made sausages and cheese in Puglia. He brings to Wine Source his WSET training, 12 years and counting of experience working in and around wine, and his sheer unadulterated enthusiasm for the trade.
Ance comes from Latvia. She worked in hospitality for over 14 years and is qualified in WSET, she dedicated her last 6 years to some of London’s well known wine bars & restaurants such as 28-50, Blandford Comptoir and Cabotte ran by Xavier Rousset, as well as The 10 Cases.
Born in Brazil, raised in France and enjoying London for the past ten years, Jeanne first started out in the music business, but eventually she could no longer ignore her love and passion for wine and she changed career. She spent five years working for different UK wine suppliers before finding her home at Wine Source. She is WSET qualified and her enthusiasm for fine wine is no clearer than in her choice of name for her cat - Tignanello.
Oscar’s passion for technology is almost equal to his passion for football and music. Experienced in the development, design and management of websites and mobile apps, he joined the Wine Source team to help grow e-commerce, develop communications and build the company brand.
After graduating, Lily spent time on the restaurant and events scene in Manchester learning the art of hospitality, before deciding to focus on fine wine and gaining her WSET qualifications. She moved to London to take her place in the world of fine wine retail before bringing her experience to the on trade team at Wine Source. In her own words she is a “lover... of all great food, great drinks and great people!"
Matthew’s first degree was Business Management, graduating with BSc Hons in 2009 before going on to train as a Chartered Accountant, gaining his qualification in 2013. Matthew worked in technology before realising his true passion: wine. He joined Wine Source in June 2019. As well as COO, he is also the office cake pusher.
Adarsh was born and raised in India and came to England in 2009 in the midst of the recession to sort us all out… Adarsh has been programming behind the scenes at Wine Source for a long time but his first love is systems and data, not wine. He also loves sports & games, mainly cricket & football, and classic and Western films. His mantra is “I don’t like complaining, move on please”! We’ll drink to that…
Claudia was born in Venezuela, was brought up in Spain and now she is enjoying London and Wine Source. She joined the team to discover the mysteries of wine and support with her creativity and design skills.
Eva's first step into the world of wine was as a sommelier in Paris, learning her passion under Philippe Faure-Brac (World’s Best Sommelier Rio, 1992), at 3* Pavillon Ledoyen. A stint at Alain Ducasse at La Trattoria Toscana in Tuscany allowed her to discover Italian culture, before she moved to the UK to learn English for one year… then stayed for five. Her experiences in London included managing The Bleeding Heart, before becoming Director and Head Sommelier at 110 Taillevent. Now in Bordeaux, Eva has joined Wine Source to enhance operations, and support Melchior Club activities. As well as the grape, her passions include travelling, cigars, boxing, volleyball, and practising classical ballet and yoga.
John is a born and bred Breton. Upon completeing a degree in Marketing at Audencia Group SciencesCom Nantes, his passion for wine and food led him on a world trip; meeting sommeliers and winemakers from as far a field as Central Otago and California. John's roots brought him back to Bordeaux where he began the WSET, completing the diploma in London in 2016 - being awarded the McNie Tasting Trophy for the most successful blind tasting of 12 wines in the Unit 3 exams.While pursuing his education on wine, he was Assistant Head Sommelier at China Tang, The Dorchester and more recently Assistant Head Sommelier for Claude Bosi at Bibendum. In 2018 John moved into trade as On Trade Manager and Wine Buyer for Swig Wine, before joining WSG in December 2019.
Linda is a huge wine enthusiast with a creative eye and joined Wine Source to look after the Melchior Club as well as the WS Investment Funds marketing. With a background in the financial sector and later as a tech entrepreneur, she now is discovering the wonders of the wine world and the people behind it.
Thomas has had an impressive history on the business front. He was the founder and CEO of Selective Origin in Paris. He was also CEO of M. Chapoutier in Australia. He was the MD of Vranken Estates, a subsidiary of Vranken-Pommery Monople in the UK, covering UK, Canada, and HK, and the executive vice president of Vranken-Pommery American.
The head of our California and Private Clients business, Stephane has plenty of experience in the luxury side of wine, having been General Manager of Joel Robuchon and Bar Boulud in New York, and following that, the F&B Director of Belmond Hotel in Santa Barbara. Stephane worked with us as a consultant before giving in to the irresistible lure to join the team full time.
Born to the biggest grape broker in Champagne, Erik grew up in the Montagne de Reims, later moving to Paris to study. He worked for Champagne Laurent-Perrier in San Francisco, as a VIE liasing with distributors in 10 states, as On Premise Manager and then NY Manager. He later joined the Thienot Group as North East regional manager for 6 years, covering 4 states and building a hugely successful business from scratch. After a brief stint at Vranken Pommery America as the North East manager covering 8 states, he was finally persuaded to join Wine Source Group!
Seck Wee was first introduced to the joys of imbibing wine in his earlier days in university where the pursuits of higher knowledge led him to discover the giddy fruits of Dionysus. His career path definitely led him astray, towards related lifestyle business segments, including fashion publications, cosmetics, alcoholic beverages, retail department stores, consumer electronics, all of which accentuated his relationship with wine. Throughout his professional career history spanning over 3 ½ decades, Seck Wee held senior management roles building market leadership positions for many consumer & lifestyle brands in markets throughout Asia, including L’Oreal, Tiger Beer, Mattel Toys, Singapore Telecoms, & Eastman Kodak to name a few. As providence goes, Seck Wee first met Philippe Kalmbach, (Founder & CEO of Wine Source), over a decade ago one dark and cold night in Rochester NY, USA over dinner. These newly found MNC colleagues soon struck up a long standing relationship, which finally extended to Seck Wee helping to start-up the Wine Source offices in Singapore (mid 2012) and, Macau (mid 2013). When not working or drinking, whichever being the worse case, he chills out by falling back on his first love for classical music, plus watching movies & attending concerts. The occasional game of tennis still takes place, when timings permit and hitting partners are available.