Let's Have A Drink With Nik Darlington, Mon 1.30pm

Let's Have A Drink With Nik Darlington, Mon 1.30pm


Let’s Have A Drink With…

Nik Darlington, Founder, Red Squirrel Wine and Gavin Monery, Winemaker, Vagabond Wines

Building from scratch isn’t something these two entrepreneurs shy away from. Nik set out with an aim to build a dynamic and fast growing wine importer that champions esoteric wines and native varieties. Whilst Gavin carved out a path from cellar-hand to head winemaker of one of London’s most exciting urban wineries; sourcing quality fruit from all over the world.

We’ll be talking to these two wine trade titans about what it takes to start out on your own and not lose sight of your values along the way.

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Clara Rubin and Sula Richardson have worked hard to deliver, new for 2019, the 'Let's have a drink with...' speakers corner where they will host a series of thought-provoking discussions under the PX+ themes of CELEBRATE, COLLABORATE and CHANGE.

Clara is a celebrated 'wine-slinger' with ten years experience working in hospitality and education. Her dedication to the industry was recognised last year when she was announced as the 2018 winner of the prestigious Julian Brind Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry from the IWSC. As Head of Engagement for Red Squirrel Wine, Clara brings a wealth of wine knowledge and true passion for the industry to this year's festival. She is also an IWSC judge and a certified WSET Educator. 

Sula is drinks industry through and through. As a wine and spirits communications guru with her ear to the ground and a creative eye, she has produced inspiring content and engaging events across the globe. In addition to her role at the multi-award winning food and drink PR agency, Phipps Relations, she also co-founded Women in Wine LDN - an ever-growing professional networking group that actively champions women in the wine industry.