Howard Ripley, a London dentist, started importing wines in 1983 while still practising. Initially he sold only to a few friends, but soon found that friends of friends contacted him asking to buy. A few years later he approached a top Michelin-starred restaurant with his, by now, large list of classic burgundies from many of the best domaines. To his delight and somewhat to his amazement, both he and his wines were enthusiastically received.
Over the years the business slowly grew, to the extent that the company now imports the largest selection of top domaines available in the UK and carries an unbeatable backlist of vintages from the region’s leading growers. In 2000 Sebastian Thomas joined the business as Howard gradually moved into retirement. Sebastian brought a love of fine German wines and the company began assembling a large list of fine German wines to compliment the Burgundy list.
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