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Grant Hedley, wine expert, presenter and educator.
Grant has worked in the wine trade for 25 years, initially as a part time driver for a wine company whilst studying at University. During this time he found his fist wine love, a deep, dark chocolaty Aussie Shiraz! Inspired by his new love he started focusing more on retail and found he loved learning about wine and was enthusiastic, to say the least, to share this with customers. In 2006 he took his WSET level 3 certificate in wine and spirits, it was about this time too when he found himself hosting his first wine event, a fund raiser for Age Concern in Richmond-Upon-Thames. In 2009 took his WSET level 4 Diploma in wines and spirits, his talents had also been spotted by a major international bank and he found himself hosting a fine wine event at their Marylebone headquarters, very posh!
By 2012 he was working for Laithwaite’s at their flagship shop next to Borough Market, a beautiful Victorian railway arch which, handily, had space to offer an events program hosting up to 80 guests at a time. It has been his pleasure to host wine events for British Airways, BBC Good Food and BBC Good Food Magazine, the editors of the Sunday Times and their special guests, countless private and other corporate events, stag dos and hen nights and has even put in half a dozen appearances on QVC! He is a founding member of The Ministry of Taste, a very special educational and experiential wine experience offered exclusively to Laithwaite’s Live and The Vintage Festival for the enjoyment and amusement of their lovely customers. In 2019 he became a WSET educator for levels 1 and 2.
His favourite subjects currently are ‘English Sparkling Wine’ and ‘Pinot Noir that he can’t afford’ provided he gets to taste them of course!
Grant loves few things more than sharing his love, enthusiasm and understanding of wine with his customers and guests. His favourite memory was standing with a customer at the end of a tasting when the customer, clearly inspired by what he’d heard (!), said: “I don’t know much about wine, but I can taste the sunshine in the glass!”.