Discover the men and women who make Raisin happen, who are there to ensure our data is as pertinent as possible in each country, both for winemakers (we will soon include an index of natural winemakers) and for places referenced.
But Raisin is also and most importantly you, our users. Your messages received daily, sharing your enthusiasm or keeping us in tune with the latest openings, modifications or closures world-wide are essential to make this app great! So keep writing to email@example.com whenever you think necessary, that’s how we stay up-to-date!
He didn’t drink wine. In 2010, a friend came to dinner with a bottle of P’tit Blanc du Tue-boeuf by Thierry Puzelat: a revelation! Since then, he reads, lives, drinks, and thinks natural wine. On the internet since 1999, Jean-Hugues created sites as an HTML developer before becoming a search engine optimizer. Raisin is as much a professional project as an effort to defend a certain worldview. Bring on the change!
You don’t know Olivia? How is that possible? Olivia has been following, supporting, and contributing to the world of natural wine for years. Naturally, she joined the project and is today essential to its development. English, Swiss, French, and Spanish by turns, according to her origins and place of residence, she embodies the desire to unite and rally around natural wine, beyond its current scope.
She was responsible for the launch of On Boit Quoi Ce Soir ? She was also present for the creation of Raisin. No one really knows what we would have done, nor even if these projects could have existed, without her. Consultant, advisor, and editor, her hats and skills are many; and that’s exactly what a young app needs.
Without a doubt the youngest at heart among us, Andrew is an American epicurean who loves France and our culture, especially sulfur-free French wines. Every year he goes searching for new oenological discoveries, new sensations, and new winemakers. Andrew has helped greatly to spread word of the Raisin app through his exchanges and encounters on the other side of the Atlantic.
Charlie has a big smile! A smile even brighter now that he has managed to reconcile his love for two homelands, France and Australia, with his love for wine. In 2012, following a world tour disguised as studies for the Master of the OIV in International Wine Management, he founded Virtuous Vine, an Australian company importing natural wines from France. Now back home in the southern hemisphere, often somewhere between Sydney and Melbourne, this epicurean globetrotter represents Raisin on a 4th continent!
He has been in the wine industry nearly a decade now and started bringing bubbles in the back of a van to the UK. Charlie moved to NYC where he worked for the likes of UVA wines and Indie Wineries. Indie was cut short due to the lovely people at immigration but he landed back on his feet in London, firstly with Terroirs Group and now for Les Caves de Pyrene. Other than wine, he plays vinyls at random drinking holes in London. He likes old cars, cooking large joints of meat and riding his horse to the pub.
It all started in his parents’ cellar where he tried a number of bottles when he was young. After drinking mostly beer during his student days, one day the wine bug struck him after meeting and tasting Fanfan Ganevat’s Grandes Teppes. From then on, he explored natural wine, both good and less good, and encouraged those around him to try too. Now he’s mad about natural wines, their makers and the kitchens where they are served and there are many places in where he can enjoy his passion!
There wasn’t a particular light-bulb moment when Emma discovered natural wines. They simply had more soul than conventional wines. A native Brit, after graduation, she moved to France and subsequently worked in all aspects of the wine business – importing, marketing, selling, serving – until the call of the vineyards themselves became too strong. Emma then moved to Italy to get her hands dirty in the cellar, making natural wine. She works promoting Italian natural wine to the wider world; the Raisin application is a natural extension of this.
Clément is a French sommelier who got quickly bored by the wines he encountered in the restaurants where he worked. A major change came in 2009 when he discovered natural wines and most importantly the people who made them (as well as those who drink them!). After running a bar & wine shop in Strasbourg for 6 years Clément now lives and works as a sommelier in Seoul (South Korea) where he does his best to spread the good word about natural wines.
Oswaldo is Brazilian, and lived in New York from 1985 to 2006. He caught the wine bug in the mid-1990s, but his natural wine epiphany came in 2008, when he visited Michel Mouilherat’s Paris shop in search of wine by some guy named Overnoy, which he had heard was pretty special. A bottle of 1999 Ploussard –gifted by Mouilherat because he thought that, being sans soufre, it wouldn’t survive the trip back home to Brazil – proved to be magic. In 2010 Oswaldo visited many of the legendary Loire producers and became totally hooked. After ten years back in Brazil, in 2016 he moved to Portugal, where he intends to visit as many natural or quasi-natural producers as he can find, as well as restaurants that carry their wines. He looks forward to sharing his discoveries with our readers.
So, you think you have what it takes to become a Raisin representative in your country? Prove it firstname.lastname@example.org