Knowing how to educate and sell has made David Ridge a fixture in the Australian wine business. With over 3 decades in hospitality, David has experience in almost every aspect of a broad and fascinating field – from retail, hotel, restaurant and distribution to winery, wine industry bodies, importing, education and writing. He’s written hundreds of winelists, conducted a thousand tastings, tasted tens of thousands of wines for import, export or publications, tutored would-be show judges, advised or represented a galaxy of Australia’s and the world’s great wine names. He chooses as testimony the words of a large, old (and very successful) Barossa winemaker, who said: “Ridgey might be one of those sniffers and spitters, but at least he can sell wine.”
We know distribution
David Ridge has had over twenty years experience as a partner or principal in distribution. His companies, Classic Wine Merchants, David Ridge Wines and Distinguished Vineyards, represented some of the great names of Australian wine: Jim Barry, Cullen, Clarendon Hills, Cape Mentelle, Evans and Tate, Giaconda, Henschke, Mt Horrocks, Irvine, Tim Knappstein and Knappstein Lenswood, Leuwin Estate, Mitchelton, Oakridge, Primo Estate/JOSEPH, Petaluma/Bridgewater Mill/Croser, Shaw & Smith, Stonier.
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