Hi, I'm Charlie, and my passion for the whole myriad subject of wine is clearly expressed here on our Website.
I have been very lucky in working with and learning from the very best in the trade.
Now it’s time to put some of this passion to good effect.
This website encompasses all I have learnt about this fabulously diverse and sometimes daunting subject of wine.
So, pour yourself a glass sit back and surf the site and remember to remain.........Forever Thirsty.
Hi, I'm Kieron, and in the summer of 2007 I was an Army officer serving in Afghanistan in the Upper Gereshk valley, this was about as unforgiving a place as you can imagine and extreme as it is beautiful. Whilst there and throughout that operational tour, I made a promise to myself that when I return home I would go on to do whatever work I wanted, without too much consideration of the financial return, but focused on a way of life I wanted to follow.
As my considerations widened I also decided I wanted to make something and have an outdoor element to my work. I parked this thought for a further two years whilst becoming a tactics instructor at the Land Warfare School in Warminster, and it was only by chance that my thoughts turned to wine production whilst visiting the south west of France and a small producer Jonathan Hesford at Domaine Treloar. Jon showed me and my wife around his winery and vineyard and offered for me to come and visit over the harvest period for an extended time. I returned two months later; I actually missed most of the harvest, but did get to see how the business operated and what this lifestyle entailed.
The following winter I volunteered at Renishaw Hall vineyard, a modest in size, yet historic vineyard site situated under ten miles from Sheffield city centre, and then enrolled at Plumpton College on a two year wine production course. Whilst at Plumpton I also worked for the Rothschilds and Waddesdon Wine under the excellent MD Christopher Campbell, who showed me what the world of wine sales involved and I carried out numerous tastings of the fantastic and celebrated Rothschild wines. By this stage it was clear that I was bitten by the wine bug, however, it was in production and growing the vines where my passion lay – I was interested in how it got into the bottle, not just drinking it!
Whilst at college, a number of further opportunities presented themselves. Firstly I took on Renishaw Hall vineyard as my own project – Renishaw Hall wine is now selling all over the country, winning national and international awards and being sold into major retailers. It’s also a thriving tourism business that draws thousands of visitors each year. Secondly, I became a contract wine maker at Halfpenny Green vineyards in the west midlands, owned by Clive Vickers. This experience meant I was part of a team now producing well over 100,000 bottles per year and working with over twenty different vineyards in the process. It also meant that I got to produce just about every type of wine out there - from still and sparkling, through to Pét-Nat.
I combined these skills and experiences to start the English Wine Project. This is a consultancy business that covers all aspects of production from vineyard establishment, winemaking, wine sales, tourism and wider wine consultancy. We are expanding all the time and at time of writing, have a production facility producing English wines and ciders in Darley Abbey in Derbyshire.
Hi, I'm Oz, and I'm arguably the leading wine expert in the country.
A polymath of the noble grape he has appeared on TV and Radio starred with James May in James and Oz drink to Britain,a romp around the British Isles searching for the perfect glass.He is an award winning wine writer whose many books include the definitive guide to the wines of Bordeaux.
My most recent publication is English Wine which is the theme for our glorious romp around the vineyards of Britain featured in our blogs on the site.
I have been mates with Charlie for over 40 years and we have worked on many projects together including the much loved but now defunct Manchester Evening News Wine Challenge.
To have myself as a contributor and consultant to Forever Thirsty is a great statement of how Forever Thirsty intend to educate, and amuse in equal measures.
Hi, I'm Julie, the tech lady covering all aspects such as our website, Zoom wine tastings, marketing and pretty much everything technical in Charlies life.
Born and brought up in New Zealand I have now lived in the UK for almost 30 years and have been a good friend to Charlie for a very long time. I have the mammoth task of managing Charlie on a day to day basis (not an easy task for the faint hearted we can tell you!).
Often described as a techno geek my background is all things technical including website build, emarketing, chatbots and data. My spare time is very often spent drinking wine (surprise surprise), socialising and learning about the wonderful world of wine (thanks to Charlie) and often out walking my gorgeous dog (Border Collie).
Hi, I'm Rachel, I have been working with Charlie for many years. I am responsible for all administration services as well as assisting Julie to manage Charlie in his day to day tasks.
I help organise Charlies events and wine tastings including processing orders and ensuring the Curry Club events are fully booked up and run super smoothly.
I am the go-to admin lady in Charlies life!
Hi, I'm Sarah, and I look after all Charlies social media and promotional activities.
I am the baby of our team at only 22 years of age but the team keep telling me I am a valued member. I can often be found chatting across all social media channels and promoting Forever Thirsty and our wonderful wine tastings and events we have on our busy schedule.
When not working I enjoy walking my dog (whom is also named Charlie! - non related of course) and socialising in my local village. I enjoy wine and learning more about the flavours and countries they originate from.
Hi, I’m Sam, a designer, illustrator and photographer living in Manchester with over 25 years experience. After many years working in the design industry for big name clients around the world I decided to be a mischief on my own and started Miss'Chief Creative offering creative graphics design solutions and more. My work is born out of my love for the visual and the simple art of making a mark! As a designer and illustrator I produce original characters and illustrations and also use my graphic design skills to develop logo designs, full branding, info graphics, print layouts, and front end website designs.
I am often found out walking on the beach (my favourite place) or in the countryside with my dogs and I also love photography and music.