Felix - Store Manager
Felix has been Store Manager at Brighton since its conception in 2018.
After relocating to the UK from Australia in 2002, I decided to take my favourite hobby of drinking wine up to the next level and do it professionally.
Starting off as a trainee manager at a large wine retailer, I completed WSET 3, moved onto Diploma all the while in my spare time travelling throughout the wine regions of Spain, Italy and Chile, including a road trip in France travelling from Provence through the Rhone Valley and onto Burgundy. I even got my hands dirty picking grapes in Castilla y Léon and helping out at a friend’s vineyard in the Rhone.
Throughout this time, I moved up to senior store management, ran product knowledge training courses, held educational wine classes and generally tried to appear important.
As I have an equal love for food, I then went into on-trades sales, working for a boutique wine agency in East London dealing with restaurants, bars and, at the time, this new thing called “pop-ups”. Here I could apply my knowledge to curating wine menus, food matching and staff training.
Time to leave the Big Smoke so it was off to the sunny climes of Brighton with my young family and here I am. Brighton has welcomed me with open arms.
My favourite tipple? I don’t have one. I believe in exploring and discovering new flavours. What I look for is classic varietal expression, a dedicated producer, uniqueness and character.
That said, Vivera Salisire Contrada Martinella Etna Bianco is definitely a chart topper.
Tobias discovered the drinks trade by accident. Following an impromptu wine tasting, he fell in love with the drinks industry and ended up studying for a degree in International Wine Business, just a few short months later. Prior to that he was studying Biomedicine, but that’s a topic for another day…
In addition to good wine and great company, Tobias can be found burning simple dishes when he tries to cook, and dabbling in advertising. After 2 years of studying wine in the UK, he’s also developed a soft spot (and taste) for English Sparkling Wine. But to be honest, he’s not that fussy, if a wine catches his interest he’ll give it a go.
Favourite Tipple – Talosa Nobile Di Montepulciano Alboreto