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BRIAN RENWICK

co-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

I was brought up in North Tawton but since I was 18, I have lived and worked in Libya, France, Bahrain, the Philippines and for the last 35 years or so in Hong Kong and China to which I return frequently for business. I now live in Lustleigh, in the cottage my parents bought in 1979. I am a Human Resources professional but even more a business entrepreneur. So, when Ian, my youngest son, asked me to help him found Jaded Palates, I was delighted to become the Company’s Chairman. Ian has moved on but happily remains our Wine Consultant and Adviser.

Our stores in Chagford and Ashburton have quickly established themselves as essential parts of the scenery in mid-Devon and we are very proud of the rapid progress we have made. But there is always more to be done and Gill Mann and I are determined to grow the business by capitalising on the great niche we have achieved in good value wines and spirits.

I do hope you will look carefully at what we have to offer and give our wines a try. We aim to hit the sweet spot of excellence at reasonable prices. We deliver to all parts of the UK and abroad – not just Devon. We are delighted to answer your questions at any time.

Gillian Mann Director of Jaded Palates

Gillian Mann

Managing Director
Jaded Palates Stores

Hi, I'm Gill. I have lived, raised my family and worked on the edge of Dartmoor for over 20 years after an initial career in insurance.

My retail background is not actually in wine but food! I ran our family delicatessen for 15 years, where we prided ourselves on sourcing locally produced, artisan products with a real focus on quality and integrity.

As well as running the deli, I spent several years running an online food business. My real passion, though, comes from the face to face experience you get from meeting customers, getting to know people and being part of a community. And, being able to talk about my love of food with people who share these values was a real bonus.

Naturally, a love of food goes hand in hand with great wines and the opportunity to be part of Jaded Palates was not one to be missed! We share the same belief in sourcing great products, often from small producers who care passionately about what they make and environment they grow them in.

Like our founders, I believe that you can never know too much about wine. So I and the rest of the team work hard to continually broaden our knowledge and source new, interesting wines. The emphasis here is friendly and approachable and we'd be delighted to share this experience with you.

Ian Renwick

Managing Director

Hi, I'm Ian - third-generation Moorlander, cricket-lover and self-confessed wine geek. I have been fascinated with all things vinous since I was at school in Bordeaux in the 90's. Surrounded by beautiful rolling vineyards and a nation with a bottle always open, debates raging as to its provenance and quality, it was almost impossible not to be immersed.

Initially, life took me in a very different direction. A 15 year HR career in Asia kept me busy but never entirely fulfilled. I always had this bee in my bonnet and I spent most of my spare time educating myself and boring those around me about wine and what made a good one.



In 2011, I decided to start taking this more seriously, and set about studying the WSET exams whilst still living in Hong Kong. Despite learning the theory, I felt that to truly understand wine I had to get right under its (grape)skin. So my wife, young son and I packed up our lives and moved the 6000 miles to France to be in the heart of the action. This is where we spent three years whilst I became a qualified Winemaker. I can finally say, from an insider's perspective, what can make the difference between an average wine, and an exceptional one.



It's been an amazing journey. I have learnt so much, and continue to do so daily. Armed with my new found knowledge and experience, and the passion that's been bubbling inside for the past 20 years, I returned to beautiful Dartmoor where I spent much of my childhood, to bring Jaded Palates to life.

john lace

shop manager, ashburton

Born and raised in West Cumbria, I came to Devon in 1987 and just forgot to go home!
 
I sort of stumbled into retail - a pet shop in Paignton, where I discovered that I thoroughly enjoy the friendly, personal service that would become pivotal to me being able to enjoy my work today.
 
I worked in Best Cellars Wine Merchant's for 19 years and when Gill asked if I would like to stay on and be part of the Jaded Palates team it was a no brainer!
 
Aside from drinking the odd cheeky bottle of red (!), those of you that know me know that I dabble in a spot of woodturning and my wife Sarah and I have three fabulous children.

david scott

chagford shop

Full biography coming soon...

ian renwick

co-founder & wine consultant

Self confessed wine geek, Ian has been fascinated with all things vinous since he was at school in Bordeaux in the 90's. Surrounded by beautiful rolling vineyards and a nation with a bottle always open, debates raging as to its provenance and quality, it was almost impossible not to be immersed.

During his 15 year HR career in Asia he spent most of his spare time educating himself and boring those around him about wine and what made a good one.

In 2011, Ian decided to start taking things more seriously, and set about studying the WSET exams. Despite learning the theory, he felt that to truly understand wine he had to get right under its (grape)skin. So he packed up his family and moved 6000 miles to France to be in the heart of the action. This is where he spent the next three years and became a qualified Winemaker. Ian can now finally say, from an insider's perspective, what can make the difference between an average wine, and an exceptional one. And now, Ian shares his passion for wine with us and our wonderful customers at Jaded Palates.

Gillian Mann

Director

Hi, I'm Gill. I have lived, raised my family and worked on the edge of Dartmoor for over 20 years after an initial career in insurance.

My retail background is not actually in wine but food! I ran our family delicatessen for 15 years, where we prided ourselves on sourcing locally produced, artisan products with a real focus on quality and integrity.

As well as running the deli, I spent several years running an online food business. My real passion, though, comes from the face to face experience you get from meeting customers, getting to know people and being part of a community. And, being able to talk about my love of food with people who share these values was a real bonus.



Naturally, a love of food goes hand in hand with great wines and the opportunity to be part of Jaded Palates was not one to be missed! We share the same belief in sourcing great products, often from small producers who care passionately about what they make and environment they grow them in.



Like Ian, I believe you can never know too much in wine. Although I've always loved drinking it (!) I never had the chance to learn much about it. It's incredibly easy for me to relate to people who feel intimidated by the world of wine, because I was that person not long ago! I decided to take on the challenge of studying the WSET programme, and am enthralled by the journey I began. There isn't much I now don't know about the wines we stock – we sample very regularly to make sure we are all learning something new every day.

Gillian Mann tasting red wine at Jaded Palates

Every bottle, hand picked for you to enjoy

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