Our team is made up of friendly people with the knowledge and enthusiasm to champion great wine.
Cliff Roberson - Managing Director
Without Cliff's drive, enthusiasm and work ethic, Roberson Wine would not be where it is today (or, indeed, anywhere at all). Cliff has worked in the wine trade for more years than he cares to remember, founding Roberson Wine in 1991 and his other main business, Buckingham Vintners, in 1974. He remains one of the true characters of the industry.
If you haven't heard it before, check out Cliff's rap about his life in wine (right click and choose to save it for future listening).
Desert Island Drink: 1900 Lafite
Alex Beaumont - On Trade
Having trained as an actor, Alex spent 5 years working in London and touring around the country. Though he still enjoys the odd “shuffle ball change” around the office, Alex is now more focused on terroir than theatre. After developing a passion for American wines at various wine retailers, he jumped at the opportunity to join Roberson’s on-trade team.
Desert Island Drink: Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay (any vintage will do!).
Alicja Pikor - Logistics
Originally from Poland, what Alicja doesn’t know about logistics frankly isn’t worth knowing. After a day full of logistical challenges, she likes nothing more than a relaxing jog and a good book. She also has a particular fondness for mountains, visiting them whenever she’s back in Poland. How does she know how to get there? Logistical expertise of course.
Desert Island Drink: Assuming it's going to be sunny and warm, a nice glass of rosé.
Anna Von Bertele - Online Department Assistant Manager
Anna decided a career in wine was for her after cycling around the vineyards of Mendoza. Nowadays her cycling is usually restricted to travelling to and from her job in the online department, but there's still plenty of wine involved. Anna claims she doesn't have any hobbies, but in her spare time she is a connoisseur of ale, steak and art and enjoys visiting her two border terriers at home.
Desert Island Drink: A Negroni. Who wants to drink wine on a desert island?
Ben began his Roberson life working in the old Kensington High Street shop, before gravatating to the web side of things. He now specialises in all things online. As far as wine goes, his focus is on the Mediterranean and the indigenous wines of Italy and Greece.
Desert Island Drink: Assyrtiko 'Mylos' by Hatzidakis. Or possibly a pint of Harvey's.
Coline Forgeois - Logistics
Coline grew up in France, somewhere between two great wine regions - the Rhône and the Loire. After studying economics her love of travel led her to move to Québec, and then eventually to London where she joined the Roberson Logistics team.
Desert Island Drink: A good Champagne.
David Adamick - On-Trade Sales
David joined Roberson in 2012 and looks after on-trade sales in central and east London. Historian by inclination but salesman by trade, David decided to join the drinks business after a successful career in the paper industry. When he isn't admiring art or swigging from a good bottle of wine you will generally find him playing a guitar from his extensive collection.
Desert Island Drink: Domaine Wachau Riesling Spatlese 'Achleiten' 1969
Jack Green - Off-Trade Sales
Jack has recently given up claiming to be the youngest member of team Roberson. He came to us via a couple of other wine companies and now deals with off-trade sales. His first love is skiing and his second is white Burgundy, although apparently his Mastermind topic of choice would actually be the life and work of Woody Allen.
Desert Island Drink: Corton Charlemagne by Coche-Dury
Jacquie Jeffery - PA to Cliff Roberson
Although Cliff is his own department, that department wouldn't work quite as well without Jacquie as his P.A. In her spare time, Jacquie loves nothing better than sharing her love of fine wine and cooking with friends and family. When she’s not looking after Cliff, you'll find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, strolling through Richmond Park with her beloved Westie or putting her green fingers to good use in the garden.
Desert Island Drink: New Zealand Pinot Gris
Keith Kirkpatrick - On-Trade Sales
Keith joined Roberson in 2010 and looks after on-trade sales in central and west London as well as being our resident Sine Qua Non expert. Keith has been around wine from an early age when he used to help out in his family's restaurant business in Ireland. His general knowledge is particularly acute, making him a useful man to have on your side at Roberson’s legendary pub quiz nights.
Desert Island Drink: 1990 Chave Hermitage
Laurence Haywood - On-Trade Sales
Laurence looks after many of the top restaurants in and around London, sourcing back-vintages of Bordeaux and Burgundy for clients including Gordon Ramsay, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and Sketch. Outside work, Laurence fosters an unhealthy and wholly unaffordable interest in vintage cars.
Desert Island Drink: 1961 Château Latour
Lee Talbot - Fine Wine Trade Sales
Lee’s love of wine began while he lived for a year in southern France. After working for another wine merchant for two years he joined Roberson in 2016 as Fine Wine Sales Assistant. When he’s not thinking about fine wine, he’s usually engrossed in watching rugby, football or squash, or improving his already extensive knowledge of The Lord of the Rings.
Desert Island Drink: Dark 'n' Stormy
Magnavai Janjo - Off-Trade Sales Executive
Mags knew he wanted to work with wine as soon as he left school, starting at the wine department in his local branch of Waitrose, before progressing to wholesale account wine sales at Majestic. Mags’s main wine interest is Riesling – as he likes to put it: “who doesn’t like a grape which can be sweet, dry, sparkling or still?” He’s just waiting for someone to start making fortified Riesling.
Desert Island Drink: Rudolf Trossen Silbermond 2014.
Maria Witt - On-Trade Sales Support
Originally from Poland, Maria started to get into wine when she moved to the UK a few years ago. After working for various wine retailers around London she came to Roberson to rescue the On-Trade sales team from their increasingly hectic schedules. When not in the office, she likes to visit art galleries or relax with a bit of nordic jazz.
Desert Island Drink: An aromatic Alsatian white
Marion Adam - Purchasing and Marketing Assistant
Although Marion comes from a wine-producing family in Sauternes, while living in Canada she realised that there was a whole New World of wines beyond Bordeaux. Since then, she has set out to discover it, completing a masters in International Business and working in the wine industry. When not at work, she enjoys travelling, cooking exotic food and wandering the London markets.
Desert Island Drink: A fresh Mojito.
Martin Currie - Finance
Man of a thousand jobs (many of which he's tried to give up over the years, with limited success) Martin is the man people at Roberson go to for, well, pretty much everything. On his day off, he can often be heard shouting at the television in support of his beloved Green Bay Packers (American Football, if you're wondering).
Desert Island Drink: Amaretto and Coke
Oliver Bartle - Head of Fine Wine
Oliver joined us in 2015 and heads up our Fine Wine Department. His passion for wine started when he was 19 years old and running an independent wine merchant. He quickly moved to the fine wine trade and now has a wealth of experience in buying and selling. When not in the office, you'll usually find keeping clean sheets on the football pitch, or elsewhere drinking a bottle of mature claret.
Desert Island Drink: Any 1989 red Bordeaux.
Paul Williamson - Private Client Sales
Paul's love of wine developed from visiting the stunning wine appellation of Vaux in Switzerland, where his father worked for a time. He was lucky enough to shadow a vigneron, and this sparked a deep curiosity for viticulture and the craft of winemaking, which eventually led him to change careers. After a time managing stores for a big wine merchant, Paul started working in Private Client sales. His other passion is managing an Irish diaspora football club which he set up five years ago.
Desert Island Drink: Jameson Select Reserve Whiskey Sour
Peter Gordon-Smith - Operations Manager
Pete’s love for wine started while running a small independent merchant; from there he moved into wine and spirits buying, then to logistics and then to Operations & Buying here at Roberson. Marathon runner and footballer, he very occasionally stops for a rest, which usually involves indulging his love of films, a photography exhibition or continuing his ceaseless search for the best burger joint in London.
Desert Island Drink: Vosne-Romanée. Or German Riesling. Or Fino sherry.
Phlip Howes - Financial Director
Our Financial Director Phil has worked for Cliff for as long as anybody can remember, but says that it hasn't felt like a life sentence. Starting in shipping, he has since worked his way through pretty much every department possible but claims to still be constantly amazed by the rapid pace of change at Roberson. When not in the office, he will usually either be spending time with his son or on the golf course.
Desert Island Drink: Jack Daniels
Sarah Jones - Marketing
Sarah started her professional career in the music industry, later honing her skills in the creative world, art directing and styling for top brands. Her globetrotting adventures led Sarah to travel to some of the best vineyards around the world, where she fell in love with all things vinicultural. After hosting her own wine events and studying for WSET Level 2, she landed her dream job at Roberson Wine, where she can finally combine what she loves most: good people, excellent wine and great music; the perfect ingredients for a great party!
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches, Beaune Premier Cru.
Shana Dilworth - On-Trade Sales
After studying European history in her native Texas, Shana moved to California and discovered that wine encompassed geography, geology, botany and community - everything she was interested in. As well as being part of Roberson’s on-trade team, Shana is an avid biodynamic allotment gardener and hopes one day to do La Médocaine (drinking and cycling through Bordeaux in fancy dress).
Desert Island Drink: Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese - any vintage will do.
Simon Huntington - Ecommerce Specialist
Simon fell in love with wine while on holiday in South Africa in 2000. After procrastinating in his tech-sector job for several months, events took care of things as dot.com boom turned to bust. A few weeks later, he started in the wine industry as a sales assistant in a branch of Oddbins, rising swiftly through the ranks to manage one of their flagship London stores. After 14 further years working at various small independent merchants in London, Simon revived his tech skills to join Roberson’s online department in 2017.
Desert Island Drink: A well-chilled Bintang, or a Comte de Vogüé Musigny, depending on refrigeration availability.
Talya Roberson - Director
Talya is Cliff’s daughter and gained her informal wine education during long nights of drinking and discussion around the family dinner table. After a thirty year career in journalism and then education, Talya joined the family business in 2015. She says that working at Roberson is like having her whole life in one job: telling great stories, learning loads and drinking amazing wine.
Desert Island Drink: ice cold filtered water, island distilled vodka and wine made from grapes grown in the island vineyard (well what else is there to do on an island?)
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