I spent over 25 years working in the murky world of finance, first in London (I am a Brit) and then in New York (I am also a Yank). In 2001 the company I was with sold to Enron and I very quickly became disenchanted with the whole notion of Wall Street. Required to work out my time with Enron, who themselves were fast sinking into quicksand, I spent my time doodling around the idea of doing something completely different with the rest of my life. Not an easy project since all I really knew was the world of derivatives….and wine!
I decided that once free of my shackles I would open a wine store, one in which I would want to shop. Stocked full of unknown and funky stuff that I could count on to be the perfect wine for that particular moment. I had during the last twenty years since I moved to America, not really found any such wine store and so I began to research how it could be done.
Wine at Five is the ongoing culmination of that research. I know that I will never be embarrassed with any of the wines in my store. Each and every one of them has been tasted by my colleagues and I and unless there is a majority in favor we simply wont buy it. We don’t sell wine that others have to sell in order to survive. You won’t find mass produced, synthetic wines in our store. You will find wines that hopefully you have never heard of before. You will find varietals that you never knew existed. We spend hours researching what we want to introduce our customers to. And we spend hours tasting the stuff before we make the introduction. And I have to tell you, it beats looking at the Dow Jones go up and down and sometimes sideways!