Corkage owner Andy is a long-time wine enthusiast, who spent 25 years in the City as a successful Lloyd’s Underwriter. Following the sale of his Syndicate business in 2013, looking for a new challenge, he began studying for his WSET qualifications – which took him up to Level 3.
Having lived in the town since 2005, Andy realised central Guildford was lacking a specialist independent wine shop and wine bar – and decided to open Corkage. His core philosophy was to create a friendly, welcoming environment where customers are never patronised, regardless of the extent of their wine knowledge.
Andy very much enjoys meeting new customers and having the opportunity to talk enthusiastically about wine, particularly at the Corkage tasting events. As a predominantly red-wine enthusiast, his current favourites from the Corkage range include the Louis Latour Fixin and Charles Melton’s Nine Popes.