The Sales Team
James Booth | Managing Director
James developed his taste for wine in Burgundy during a French exchange with the Remy family and then worked in Chablis with Jean-Marc Brocard as part of his French and Business degree. Following career advice from his parents he embarked on a ‘proper’ career in the City. Two of those eight years were spent in South Africa where weekend activities included wine trips to the Cape, diving trips to Mozambique, canoeing and bungee jumping trips to Victoria Falls/Zambezi, and the odd bit of merger, acquisition, listing and divesting advice in between.
In July 2003 James escaped the world of Corporate Finance, married Nathalie and not content with a honeymoon in Tuscany they spent the rest of that year travelling around Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. It came as a bit of a surprise to Nathalie that much of the time was spent either in vineyards or watching Rugby World Cup matches.
In 2006 New Generation Wines became James' main focus, having met Anthony Record and Tim Ford, the founders of Domaine Gayda. James set about building a UK agency/importing business to represent forward thinking, family-owned, environmentally-aware producers who are at the pinnacle of wine production in their region. Ten years later New Generation McKinley was created, bringing together two businesses with a remarkably similar outlook and complementary portfolios.
With 2 daughters in tow, James enjoys countryside life in West Berkshire. In his spare moments he plays tennis, visits coastal mid-Wales with the family and disappears off to the mountains of Europe when the snow conditions are favourable and other commitments allow.
Hamish Young | Commercial Director
After a restaurant career that started sweeping the floors at the (sadly now defunct) Rock Garden in Covent Garden and culminated in working for the Harvey Nichols Group as sommelier and manager, Hamish parlayed his fourth place in the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition into a job as an on-trade salesman with customers ranged from fish-and-chip shops to Michelin-starred restaurants.
Concerned that there was too little stress in his life, Hamish moved into National Accounts sales where his customers had a worrying tendency to go out of business – he was in charge of the accounts of Unwins and Threshers.
To avoid the responsibility of driving Sainsbury’s and Tesco to the wall, Hamish jumped at the chance to sign on for the fledgling New Generation Wines, a company with little wine and fewer customers, figuring that at least the work-load would be light – how wrong he was.
10 years later, following the merger with McKinley Vintners, Hamish is still in charge of the company calculator at New Generation McKinley and has not yet added the scalps of Waitrose or Majestic to his victims.
Jim Furze | Operations Director
Jim was the joint founder of Hedley Wright in 1978 and went on to develop the business until it merged with Castle Growers in 1999 to create HwCg – one of the UK’s most forward-thinking and energetic wine companies. For the next 6 years Jim did pretty much everything, including running the winemaking and technical teams and managing a number of the key agencies. When HwCg was acquired by the Neqtar Group in 2005 Jim became Group CEO and, since 2010, has been working as a consultant undertaking a number of roles including the restructure of Barwell and Jones and advising Orion Wines, a dynamic new Italian producer. When Orion decided to join forces with McKinley Vintners, it gave Jim the opportunity to work with Peter again, something he had done many moons ago!
Outside of the wine trade Jim likes to escape to his Essex farm and enjoys rugby (watching) and sailing (participating) and, despite being surrounded by some of the best wines and spirits in the world, at the end of a hard day he likes nothing more than a cold beer!
Andy Muscat | London Sales Director
Andy joined the wine trade in 1999 after a stint in the Australian Army. Before moving to the UK, Andy worked in Sydney for North Bondi Cellars and Darlinghurst Cellars.
After three years with Oddbins, Andy joined Château Camplazens in the Languedoc selling the wines in the UK for two years. He then spent four years at Justerini & Brooks before joining New Generation Wines in June 2008.
He still occasionally plays rugby for The Honourable Artillery Company RFC (despite having officially hung up his boots) and now coaches the Hackney Bulls RFC Under 7s
Richard Boote | Regional Sales Director
After an initial career in the property insurance broking world, Richard realised his true calling was the wine industry. He joined the trade with Corney & Barrow in 1996 and managed their Notting Hill emporium.
He worked with a high prestige portfolio of many of France’s finest blue chip wines and learnt a high level of customer service. He joined Enotria Winecellars, a leading wholesaler within the industry, working within HORECA sector in Central London and rose to manage their London sales force. Their extensive Italian portfolio gave opportunities to visit many of top Italian producers.
With an offer to join an exciting new project (he has never been able to resist a good thing!) Richard joined the fledging New Generation Wines as a Director in early 2006. As Sales director his primary role is ensuring sales growth for the company. As one of key original members he has been deeply involved in developing the company as well as the compelling portfolio – which culminated in the award for Best Small Agent from the International Wine challenge in 2012.
Julia Langshaw | Regional Sales Manager
After leaving Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA Hons in Humanities, Julia went to work for a local wine merchant in Harpenden. Finding she quite enjoyed the wine trade she joined Wine Rack, eventually ending up as a store manager in Harrogate. She then decided life on the road might be interesting and worked for Matthew Clarke for 7 years covering South Yorkshire before joining McKinley Vintners in 2008. She is responsible for independent wine merchants and wholesalers throughout the North of England driving about 30,000 miles a year – luckily she quite likes driving!
Outside work, her life still revolves around wine and she enjoys nothing more than sitting down to a fabulous dinner with perfect wines to match. When not eating and drinking she enjoys going to gigs and watching live music, just don’t get her started on her vinyl collection….
David Chatain | Regional Sales Manager
David joined McKinley Vintners as a regional sales manager for the London On Trade in the Summer of 2014 and brings some French flair to the salesteam. Originally from Normandie, he moved to the UK in 1996 and began working as a wine buyer for Jean Christophe Novelli before moving on to work as a head sommelier and buyer for another restaurant group, headed up by an equally well known chef. He was involved in the opening of Home House in 2004 and stayed for 2 years before moving to work with Philippe Germain, exporting wines from the Loire and Bordeaux. He latterly worked for a specialist restaurant wine supplier as a sales manager.
Outside of work David enjoys taking his son swimming and doing ‘market research’ about potential NGM customers by eating and drinking his way round London’s best new restaurants – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!
Carlo de Benedetti | Regional Sales Manager
Carlo acquired the Italian Sommelier Association diploma in Italy and moved to London to expand his knowledge and experience in late 2012. He shortly joined the Sommelier team in one of the most prestigious London hotels, The Ritz. He then moved to Lutyens Restaurant as Assistant Head Sommelier where he worked with the Master Sommelier Yves Desmaris, before moving to McKinley Vintners as a regional sales manager for the London On Trade in late 2015.
Carlo is always trying to increase his wine knowledge and he is now studying for the WSET Diploma. He lives with his wife in West Hampstead and when he is not travelling the world, you can find him playing football, or watching a match.
Michael Hosking | Regional Sales Manager
Michael began in the Wine Trade looking after the City of London Livery Halls and hostelries for Findlater Mackie Todd, thus bringing over 20 years of London On Trade Sales experience. Beguiled by the bubbles and a desire to broaden his horizons, he joined Marne & Champagne Diffusion in the late nineties, selling Lanson Champagne to prestige accounts for the millennium. Michael then returned to City of London On Trade Sales to spend a decade with The Four Vintners, located in the increasingly fashionable “hipster district” of Shoreditch.
He lives in Tooting Bec (the new Shoreditch!) with his wife and teenage son, making good use of the ever increasing choice of hip & trendy restaurants in the area, though thankfully he can still find a good curry house!
Quentin Jones | Regional Sales Manager
After years of drinking his father’s questionable Bordeaux, and 'Sainsbury’s French Red' Quentin decided enough was enough and it was time to join the wine trade. After four years with Majestic he foolishly left the industry to develop a successful career in graphics and printing before realising he missed the wine trade too much.
A brief stint at Heritage Wines was followed by six years at giant Matthew Clark as part of their wine team selling wines and Champagnes throughout London. Louis Latour Agencies then came calling and for four years he developed a keen(er) taste in Burgundy and enjoying being part of a family business.
When a conversation with James Booth came, he jumped at the chance to keep working with London’s finest restaurant and hotels and to enjoy wines from further afield than Burgundy!
When he’s not found in the kitchen at home trying to find interesting food and wine matches or tending the veg patch, his time is spent with his beautiful wife Sarah and young daughters Phoebe and Eliza.
Mark Perlaki | Regional Sales Manager
Mark arrived at New Generation Wines after endless years of hospitality service, which culminated in 8 1/2 years as Head Sommelier with the Hotel du Vin/Malmaison Group, previously working in Brighton, Edinburgh and Harrogate for various dining rooms. A keen promoter of dining events, he'd have the who's who of MW's and MS's hosting sold-out Wine Dinners to the discerning Yorkshire clientele. The ACFW Sommelier of the Year competition saw Mark beat off stiff competition to win the Regional Northern heat 3 times, competing with the UK's finest Sommeliers in the Semi-Finals.
A keen communicator, for Mark, palate is a tool to discovery. When his Riedel glass is half empty he's likely to have 2 halves of craft ale, or a cup of single origin coffee. Textured blancs and ethereal rouge are his Wines of choice, as is the great European heritage of grapes, styles and regions. These are the most exciting times for the Wine World. Mark appreciates most cuisine, from the gourmet to artisanal street food. As such, he's trained to detect truffle oil from 1,000 paces.
A wino and a muso, Mark loves a good gig and attends an annual Music Festival to discover emerging artists or wiggle to the likes of David Byrne, Sigur Ros, or some psychedelic-folk artist. A doting father also who encourages olfactory bank research for his young daughter who noses the wines, which are invariably pronounced "lovely".
The Office Team
Louise Du Bosky | Brand & Customer Services Manager
Louise has worked in the wine trade for more years than she cares to admit, but has had the great privilege of working for Saccone and Speed, The Institute of Masters of Wine, F & E May and McKinley Vintners Ltd. At NGM her areas of responsibility include Customer Services and the marketing of wines from Bordeaux, Northern France, Italy, New Zealand and Argentina, as well looking after our Rum, Sherry and Calvados brands.
Outside work Louise is a keen sailor, and together with partner Steve their sailing travels have included the Caribbean, the Intracoastal Waterway (USA) and Cuba.
Marina Dunlop | Brand Manager & Commercial Support
Marina spent the first few years of her working life in the art world, but decided a diploma from Leith’s school of food and wine would allow her to follow her two passions in life, food and wine. This led to a job at Mustard Catering, where the passions were combined. Marina had a dual role as chef (and later events organiser) and cellar manager exposing her to some of the world’s top Bordeaux and Burgundies. This started her expensive love affair with fine wine and journey into the wine industry.
Since leaving London Marina has worked in Independent wine merchants all over the UK, many of which bought from New Generation Wines.
At NGM Marina’s areas of responsibility include producing the monthly price lists and looking after Domaine Gayda, BVV and our suppliers from Australia, Northern America, Austria and Germany.
Outside of work Marina can be found on the beach trying to control her unruly dogs and children or on the tennis court.
Dani House | Sales & Customer Services Manager
Dani has worked with Peter McKinley for as long as she can remember, starting as a waitress in the famous ‘242’ Wine Bar on Blackfriars Road and moving to McKinley Vintners when it was run from the tiny offices next door. She has been with the company through thick and thin and her many years of service mean that she has an incredible memory for wines, customers and bad debts. Dani is now responsible for all sales orders at New Generation McKinley and can often be found on the phone ‘negotiating’ with London City Bond or chasing down the salesteam.
Outside work Dani enjoys spending time with her family and her very cute Yorkshire terrier, Teddy.
Emma Shaw | Office Administrator
Emma is the newest recruit at New Generation McKinley. She began her career in the wine trade accidentally- working part time for Oddbins whilst studying- but eventually realised she could create a full-time vocation combining her two main interests: drinking wine and analysing data. Not always at the same time.
She is now responsible for purchasing at NGM, dealing with everyone from the supplier to the warehouse via agents, shippers, customs and anyone else who gets in her way. Thankfully, data is still a large part of her role, and her love affair with Excel remains strong, if occasionally turbulent.
Outside work Emma spends most of her free time attempting to persuade her dog, Teddy, to behave. Her hobbies include cooking, running and outdoor swimming- the frequency of the latter activities are strongly dependent on the first.
Katherine Wilson | Marketing & Brand Manager
Katherine joined McKinley Vintners straight from university as a raw graduate. After 5 years with the company she left to pursue other areas within the Wine Trade including roles with Westbury Communications, Patriarche Wine Agencies and Allied Domecq’s Trade PR agency but was soon tempted back. Within the newly formed New Generation McKinley, Katherine’s areas of responsibility include marketing and looking after our suppliers from Champagne, Cognac, Southern France, Chile and South Africa.
Surrounded by a family of wine trade employees and wine lovers, Katherine rarely escapes work, but enjoys horse riding, reading and holidays with her family, though since the arrival of her two sons, lazy lunches in the sun are sadly a distant memory.