Choosing wine for an event, special occasion or gift is an art, best done by someone with passion, knowledge and experience. Who hasn’t been seduced by an attractive label, only to be disappointed by the contents?
Cast all doubt aside, as help is at hand with the experts at Flunder Wines, Clopton Park. Let’s not call them connoisseurs (although they are) but curators, carefully selecting memorable wines, adding value with their expertise and sense of fun. Pretentious they’re not!
Luke Flunder has over ten years’ experience selecting wines, from the Hampton Court Flower show to weddings, private parties, corporate events and gift boxes. He also provides a trade service to pubs and restaurants looking for distinctive, affordable wines, improving their profitability in a tough trading environment, even training staff.
With his wife Natasha, he set up Flunder Wines as an independent wine merchant at Clopton Park just five years ago. A visit to their offices is a magical, taste-bud tingling journey of discovery, with every wine selected by Luke. His enthusiasm and expertise bubbles over.
Affordability is more important now than ever, with rising costs and tighter budgets. That’s where Natasha Flunder’s event planning expertise comes in, whether it’s a bespoke boutique wedding or a large corporate event. It’s not just about the wine (or champagne!) They listen, consider the food being served, give options at various price points and provide exactly what’s needed.
“We’re not competing with supermarkets,” explains Luke. “We introduce people to wines they have not tasted before. Most of us know what we like, but there’s real satisfaction in finding something new. I only sell what I enjoy. We thrive on feedback, when people re-order. It’s about building relationships with a trusted network.”
Focusing on quality with a concise range of wines, each of them carefully chosen, makes Flunder Wines a truly personal service. Each special selection of wines for a birthday or corporate gift is unique. On a visit to Clopton Park, Luke picks out an interesting 2007 Clarendon Hills Syrah, an Albarino from Spain, a Côtes-du-Rhône Villages and a 1998 Châteauneuf du Pape. If you’re buying for an event, a tasting is part of the pleasure.
“Wine needs experience,” adds Luke. “It also needs a distinguishing factor.” His five years with Majestic Wines gave Luke a unique insight into the retail trade. “People want to learn about wine, but don’t want to learn about the world of wine, they just want to enjoy it!”