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About Us - The Drinks List

ABOUT

Welcome to The Drinks List. We are an online wine shop with all the sentiment of your favourite independent bricks and mortar retailer.

We’re not concerned with being the cheapest or the biggest - our number one priority at The Drinks List is to find our customers the very best wine their money can buy – great wines made by great people. Irrespective of price, we pride ourselves on bulletproof recommendations, the best advice, and an ability to effortlessly deliver anywhere in Australia.

The other unique thing about The Drinks List is how we sell our wines. At any one time we will only carry one selection of twelve wines, which changes fortnightly. Hand selected by us, these twelve wines can be purchased in three formats: Large (12 bottles), Medium (6 bottles), and Small (3 bottles). Our selections are always themed and range from new producers, regions, guest selectors, seasons, varieties and value. Separate to this, The Drinks List will also run a series of events around the country; regular winemakers dinners, major tastings, exclusive producer field trips - all the things you might expect from great bricks and mortar retail, only digital.

 

The Partners

Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner is an author, writer, consultant, and educator well known to international audiences for his refreshing take on wine, and knack for making it simple. 

A strong believer that wine is for everyone, and that enjoying it is your right rather than your privilege, Matt was named 'Best Young International Wine Writer 2012' by Italy's Grande Cru d'Italia, has been short-listed for the IWSC International Communicator of the Year Award three times, is author of international bestsellers Thirsty Work, Heard It Through The Grapevine, & The Juice, and was recipient of the coveted Negociants 'Working with Wine' Fellowship in 2000. 

Having co-founded and managed Melbourne's Prince Wine Store in 1996, Matt relocated to London in 2002 to help establish Fifteen Restaurant with Jamie Oliver and Tobie Puttock.

Matt has since worked closely with Melbourne's renowned Van Haandel Group, The Gazebo Group in Sydney, the Coles Liquor Group, and Jetstar Airways. Matt has been a regular contributor to Sunday Life Magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, BBC Australian Good Food, and Home Beautiful. Together with his family, he lives, works and plays in Melbourne, Australia. 

 

Alex Wilcox

Alex's lifelong passion for wine and food was inspired by his mother, Sue, and it was only a matter of time before his passion became his career.

After deferring his studies, Alex decided to cycle, eat and drink his way around Europe. Not since WWII had Europe's food stocks been placed under such strain and after a short meeting at the Hague the nations of the EU decided to deport Alex back to Australia. Exhausted but inspired, Alex returned to undertake an Honours degree in Agricultural Economics at Sydney University, specialising in the international wine trade, the third degree year of which was spent at the University of California, Davis.

Alex's wine industry life embraced all facets of the trade including wholesale, restaurants and retail before becoming a partner at Prince Wine Store. Having worked several vintages in Victoria, Western Australia and Tuscany, Alex is committed to educating customers and friends alike on all the joys wine has to offer. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the South Melbourne store.

He lives in the country with his wife, Kirsty and their children, Henry, Jemima and Charlie.

 

Michael McNamara

Michael's family immigrated to Australia in 1962 from a small village in England called Ireland. After wandering various paths, Michael decided to try the wine industry, joining retailer Philip Murphy in 1996. Michael was the Imported Wine Manager for the Philip Murphy Group for four years before establishing his own business; a small wine export company specialising in premium Australian brands. During this time, Michael created a number of new labels for overseas markets and helped to shape the wine styles of these export brands.

Michael became a partner in the Prince Wine Store at the beginning of September 2004 after commencing at the store in March 2003. Michael has a passion for all styles of wine, particularly the wines of Italy, California, Burgundy and Bordeaux. 

As wine is both his passion and profession, Michael spends much of his work and leisure time travelling the world's wine areas. This includes regular trips within Australia, Italy, France and the occasional trip to California. When not drinking wine, Michael likes to relax with a beverage and indulge his other great love, Trugo. He is married to Julia and they have two children, Vinnie and Maeve.