Meet the Team
Who are Swig? The clue is in our name - we are for wine lovers not wine snobs. We’re a bunch of misfits looking for undiscovered wines that punch above their weight. We’re all about the pleasure of discovering, drinking and sharing great wine. We are on a mission to discover amazing wines made by amazing people in amazing places. Above everything we love wine and are here to help.
Swig has been championing independent growers since 1997. We work with family-owned producers, the majority are organic or farmed sustainably. We are a small and occasionally effective team united by the love of the odd glass or two with a large platter of fodder. Meet the crew behind the chaos below!
ROBIN DAVIS, Founder
Ever since I started in wine I've loved to make it accessible and fun. I like to take people on a journey to help them discover exciting wines they might not otherwise find.
My mentor got me tasting wines blind, which leads you to think about the taste, not the label, and has led me to some great finds that punch above their weight. It also means we don't just take on famous names for the sake of it, and one of my greatest joys is to discover an up and coming producer and introduce them to customers and see the them flourish.
DAMON QUINLAN, Director of Trade Sales
My name's Damon and I'm an alcoholic. Not really, I just like alcohol. A lot. In almost all its various forms... from sherry to syrah, from cinsault to saki, from barolo to beer, from riesling to rum, and tequila til sunrise. Who knew all those years ago when I had my careers advice meetings to decide which O grades and Higher subjects (I’m Scottish) I should take, that I really needn’t have bothered. You can get a job eating and drinking. And you can travel and meet amazing people with amazing families doing amazing things with grapes, in the most amazing places. Life isn’t meant to be a competition, but if it were, I’d be winning! Based in Brighton, I have a wonderful (extremely patient) wife, Flora, and two incredible children, Nancy Rose, 20, and Remy Jack, just 3 months (at time of writing). When we’re not eating and drinking we enjoy the sea and the horizon and walks across the South Downs... it’s a wonderful part of the world. and friends, lots of friends. Always drink responsibly folks.
HECTOR LUND, Head of Private Client Sales
Hello, my name is Hector. A few years ago, on a hot Friday afternoon I wandered into the Swig office and first met Robin and Damon. “I like wine, I really like drinking it, I don’t know much about it right now but I promise I’ll work really hard”. Fast forward a few years and I live and breathe (mostly in) the stuff.
Whilst busy thinking about wine it’s likely I’ll be running a silly distance, as at the end of every marathon great wines are waiting, even if they don’t know it yet. I also have a soft spot for cycling, being outdoors and exploring areas like the Lake District, whilst sampling local ales and food. Obviously I love to cook. I actually take a similar approach to cooking as I do wine. Having grown up in East Yorkshire, not far from Hull, the epicentre of chip spice and culture, and with part Spanish and French family (the rest 100% Yorkshire) I take pride in trying absolutely anything in the Kitchen. For me it’s all about giving it a go – and then finding what to drink with it.
RICHARD PLEDGER, Private Client Sales
Hailing from the Garden of England with a background of work in some of London and the South-East’s finest wine bars and restaurants, hospitality and customer service are paramount and he's always on board to help you find the perfect wine. Richard is a keen cook, and once upon a time the host of a legendary fundraising supper club. You’ll find him trotting around South London with his head in the flowers. Say hello and he might even invite you round for dinner.
ANNABEL VIRTUE, Trade Sales
On a camping holiday in France as an 8 yr old, Annabel told the waiter in a local brasserie NOT to add water to her thimble of red wine, as is customary for French children. This was clearly a sign to find a job in the wine industry.
Her wine journey started at Decanter magazine, followed by working for various UK wine suppliers, until joining Swig.
When not cradling a glass of something delicious from the Swig portfolio, Annabel is either on her bike, out rowing or paddleboarding on the river or up a mountain somewhere remote. As long as life is full of great wine, great food and great friends, she’s happy.
WSET qualified, Annabel looks after our on trade customers outside of London.
EMILY GALLETLY, Trade Sales
Another Glaswegian with an unorthodox career choice I found my calling in wine through working in bars and restaurants from as early an age as was legally permissible. From bartending and waitressing through to managing and sommelier(ing) this youthful chapter culminated in stints at 2 iconic restaurants, Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel and the Ledbury in Notting Hill. I loved it all but eventually those long shifts treading the boards took their toll on my knees and it was time to hang up the apron and learn new skills.
For the past 7 years I’ve been an on trade account manager linking up London sommeliers with exciting producers and sometimes even travelling the world in the process. It’s not a bad life and I’m very much looking forward to new discoveries at Swig. With more than a professional interest in the wine trade and hospitality industry I take my duty to support both very seriously and to that end can often be found in and about these establishments.
AMY VANCE, Logistics & Administration
I started my journey in the world of wine working in warehouse, transport and logistics for a large wine importer and distributor. I decided I wanted to focus more on learning about wine and drinking it too! I am so excited to learn as much as possible from the experts here at Swig and to be a part of discovering these beautiful wines!
I design bespoke embroidery art and love doing anything creative in my spare time; I am proud to have exhibited my work at Alexandra Palace, National Exhibition Centre and the Business Design Centre. I love to travel, go on walks with my Beagle, Billy and spend time with my family and newly born Nephew Alfie.
VIVIENNE PLAX, Accounts Administrator
You never know where life will take you - that's the fun of it! After emigrating twice, and a series of careers, I was led to Swig by a 3rd party who said she'd found the perfect job. She left after a year and I'm still Swigging nearly 7 years on. Born and raised in South Africa, I took over from a colleague with the same background, and I now get to practise my limited Afrikaans via Swig's multiple SA wine producers - one of the perks of the job. The other perks are enjoying the fine company of my fellow Swiggites and the fine glasses of bubbles they (occasionally) put before me!