Isabel has been working in the wine and spirits industry for almost 20 years[!] It began with a part time temporary job at Oddbins: a year later she was still there and had tasted every wine and spirit they had. Since then Isabel has managed the wine department at Selfridges, been associate director at Jeroboams Wine Merchants, whisky buyer at Milroy's of Soho and head of spirits at BI Wines & Spirits. Now at Whisky.Auction, Isabel expects to remain in the industry for at least another 20 years.
Jeremy has worked in the wines and spirits industry since a chance Christmas job in Harrod's wine cellar in 1994 first fired his interest in rare bottles. Stints at Oddbins, Selfridges and Berry Brothers followed, along with international experience working for a variety of retailers and wineries in Australia and France. During seven years managing the wine and spirits shop at Harvey Nichols he further developed his interest in Scotch whisky - visiting no fewer than 19 distilleries in as many months - while walking most of Scotland's National Trails.
Gemma hails from several generations of wine growers in Bierzo, Spain; and has worked and studied in Milan, Paris and London. After qualifying as a chemical engineer she rediscovered her true passion for wine and spirits. In practice this means she's particularly fond of tasting peaty whiskies and is a proud collector of Champagne crown caps. In the past Gemma has done her time at Oddbins, worked as an events assistant at Sketch and as a wine logistics administrator at Hedonism. She joined the team at Whisky.Auction in 2017.
Roberto was raised in Staines, just west of London, and began working in the drinks trade at 18 at Threshers. A talented musician, he completed a music degree in 2010. He then returned to London and spent three years with French wine merchant Nicolas, where he developed a love of wine and a keen interest in spirits. The Whisky Exchange was his next stop; here he discovered the world of old and rare spirits with a particular focus on whisky and Cognac. Roberto joined Whisky.Auction in 2016.
Nicolas was born in Germany, raised in Switzerland, and spent a portion of his youth studying History and International Relations in the USA. His interest in history soon developed into a love for old whiskies and liqueurs, resulting in him working part-time for fine spirits retailer Bacchus in Switzerland. After completing his studies, whisky became Nicolas' full time occupation and passion, scouring stores and auctions around the world for old and interesting bottles. He joined the Whisky.Auction team in 2017.
Izabella was born and raised in northern Serbia close to the Hungarian border, and speaks 'most' Balkan languages, as well as Hungarian and English. After attending Agricultural high school she lived briefly in Switzerland, before moving to the UK in 2015. Her interests include psychology, tennis and animals, especially dragonflies. She joined our team in Spring 2018, and is already developing a detailed knowledge of niche historic spirits.
Now a devotee of Islay whisky, Sebastian first fell in love with the world of alcoholic drinks when introduced to Palincă from Bihor county in his native Romania. Having studied Geography at university, he moved into logistics and began to work in the drinks industry when he moved to the UK. Sebastian now manages our showroom and is responsible for Whisky.Auction's photography.
A graduate of the Technical University of Košice in Slovakia, Jana is a fan of fine wine and travelling, and is often found with a camera in her hand. She moved to London in 2007 to improve her English, and began working at The Whisky Exchange as a warehouse assistant. Building on her knowledge of old and rare bottles, Jana came to work at Whisky.Auction in our showroom.
Michael joined The Whisky Exchange team in 2009. After a brief stint in the warehouse, he moved into sales. He quickly developed a passion for whisky and became the company's old and rare buyer. With more than five years under Whisky Exchange co-founder Sukhinder Singh's tutelage he has developed an extensive knowledge of old and rare spirits.