About Taurus Wines

Taurus Wines is an independent, award-winning wine merchant and importer near Bramley in the Surrey Hills. We specialise in parties, weddings and celebrations, as well as having an extensive range of champagnes, fine wines, beers and spirits, plus wine-related gifts. All of this nestles on the shelves of our beautifully renovated, 400-year-old barn, which we moved into in spring 2018, having founded the company originally in 2001 in the Old Cart House next door.

Rupert Pritchett AIWS - Managing Director  rupert@tauruswines.co.uk

Rupert has spent over 20 years in the wine trade, starting his career at the less-than-glamorous Victoria Wine in Guildford before becoming a manager at Majestic Wine. He gained his practical experience of winemaking both in the Southern Rhône (Gigondas) for Gabriel Meffre, where he earned the Certificate de Vinificateur, and in Western Australia (Margaret River), where he worked a vintage for Capel Vale. He holds the WSET Diploma and the professional certificate in spirits.

Rupert has judged for both the International Wine Challenge and the Decanter Magazine Wine Awards and is a liveryman of the Distillers Company. For three consecutive years he was named by the Observer Magazine as one of the 50 "Rising Stars of the Drinks Industry". Rupert has also attended the Ecole des Grandes Maisons d'Alsace; a course run annually for ten of the UK's top wine-buyers and sommeliers, from which he graduated as top candidate.

Away from wine, Rupert is a keen runner, although even this seems to become vinous in the location - he completed the Marathon du Medoc (Bordeaux) in September 2007, despite stopping off at quite a few of the wine tasting stops on the circuit and the oyster tasting at the 23rd mile. He also took part in a similar event in Beaune (Burgundy) in October 2011.

 

Felicity Pritchett - Director felicity@tauruswines.co.uk

Although Fliss's specialism leans towards words rather than wines, her years spent writing about lifestyle and interiors weren't a complete waste... It seems a decade sampling the offerings in London's bars and restaurants, press junkets and parties has given her a finely tuned palate for all the fun things.

Fliss loves writing and has happily taken on creating our catalogues and email newsletters, and is always there with a red pen to correct Rupert's spellings and tone down his more geeky wine chat.

Never one to let a holiday get in the way of a wine tasting, Fliss has tasted her way through Bordeaux and Burgundy, as well as visiting wineries in Georgia, Spain and France.

Fliss, writing under her maiden name of Chester, is also a novelist and has written ten books, mostly whodunnits based in the 1920s and 1940s, but also some cheeky romances too. There's more information on Fliss's writing here on her website.

 

 Lucy Dallyn - General Manager & Assistant Buyer lucy@tauruswines.co.uk

Lucy started working for us part time while still studying psychology at university - and now she's joined us full time as our general manager, it hopefully means the Taurus team passed her analysis!
 
Lucy grew up in New Zealand, so is particularly au fait with Kiwi wines. So much so that she is now our main buyer for New Zealand, as well as being responsible for our Australian and English wines. She's also already stormed ahead with her WSET exams and has passed her Level 3 with distinction and is preparing to start her Level 4 Diploma course as soon as she can. It's no surprising, then, that she made into Harper's 30 Under 30 list in 2022.
 
When not representing us at supplier tastings in London, getting stuck into the English grape harvest at local vineyards and flying off to visit vineyards in Italy and Germany, she can be found in the office looking after our many and various trade accounts or on the shop floor talking enthusiastically about her favourite wines. 

 

Joe Domican AIWS - Shop Floor Manager  joe@tauruswines.co.uk

As our Shop Floor Manager and fan of all things beer-related too, Joe keeps a keen eye on anything hoppy happening. An avid home brewer, Joe would love to one day start his own microbrewery (these days, who doesn't!?). Joe holds the WSET Diploma and it's a joy to hear him wax lyrical about his favourite wine regions. Catch him on the shop floor and ask him anything you like about our wines - he'll most likely know the answer!

In his spare time Joe enjoys tinkling the ivories and pretending he's relaxing on 52nd Street with his favourite jazz musicians from the 1950s.

 

David Webber - Assistant Manager  david@tauruswines.co.uk

David started his career in wine with Oddbins in 1992. He managed the branches in Sutton, Canterbury, Cannon Street, Hampstead Village, Marylebone High Street and then Pimlico before a two year stint as an Area Manager. Responsible for much of the south outside the M25, at one point he had responsibility for 25 branches from Truro to Brighton and up to Reading. The departure of the Buying Director, Steve Daniels, spelt the end of Oddbins, in David's eyes, so he moved on in 2003.

After a slight flirtation with the car industry he came back to wine, working for Davy's in Greenwich for 18 months before joining The Revelstoke Wine Company in 2006. After six enjoyable years there he joined us at Taurus in 2012, and we're very glad to have him. David can be found at Taurus on a Thursday and Friday, spending the rest of the week looking after his two young children, Jamie and Evie, whilst his wife Kelley has a 'proper job' at Caffe Nero.

 

Rachael Ellenger - Retail, Events & Digital Coordinator rachael@tauruswines.co.uk

Rachael is putting her varied background in food and travel writing, property management, hospitality, and digital marketing to good use as our Retail, Events & Digital Coordinator.

Since studying Journalism at Falmouth University, Rachael has had a circuitous route to the wine industry. While developing her admin skills in London for 6 years, she followed her stomach to restaurant openings at every opportunity. Eventually, she escaped to Portugal and Spain where she gained a thirst for Vinho Verde and chilled Manzanilla assisting a Sherry Educator on gastronomic tours and cookery classes. This stint abroad encouraged her to take her WSET Level 2 on her return to the UK and since working at Taurus she has successfully passed her Level 3. You’ll now find her looking after all things social media, making sure our events run smoothly and being another friendly face on the shop floor. When not up in the office, photographing wines or organising the shelves Rachael is an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for pinot noir, climbing walls and sun salutations. Not in that order.

 

Matt Harris - Freelance Retail & Logistics 

Matt started his working life in broadcast media, spending 16 years as a producer at Sky on the Movie channels, making programmes and generally gallivanting around the globe interviewing the great and not-so-good from the world of film. Following a change in career, Matt is now a professional photographer who specialises in event (private and corporate), marketing and wedding photography. He joined us during the pandemic when taking pictures of people in places was suddenly a big no no. Fortunately for us, now that things are back to normal, he has chosen to stay on and, in between photo shoots, can be found in the shop or out and about in one of our vans a couple of days a week.

A Cranleigh resident for 10 years, Matt recently moved down to the Petersfield area with his wife, sons and black lab Bronte, but loves coming back up to his old stomping ground and being part of the Taurus team.

When it comes to wine and spirits, he has a shortlist of “go to” drinks – New Zealand Sauvignon for the day to day, a nice smooth Malbec (preferably by Zuccardi) with a Sunday roast and a pint or three of ale for days when the rugby is on. Oh, and gin and tonic Fridays hold a particularly special place in his heart...

Do give him a wave and a honk if you see him out and about in either Marilyn Merlot or our bright red new van Ron Burgundy!

 

John Wilson - Operations Manager john@tauruswines.co.uk

John has been a neighbour and friend to Taurus Wines for many years and we're very glad he's now joined the team. He brings with him a wealth of experience in project management and has already ticked almost all the things off his list that we gave him to do... and that was a long list! 

John has always loved wine and is cementing his interest in it by taking the WSET courses and has recently passed the Level 2.

As someone not afraid to muck in, you might see John out on the road, here in the shop or down at the warehouse - wherever you see him, you'll be guaranteed a cheery wave and a friendly smile. 

 

Ed Owen - Consultant & Shareholder  

A long-standing customer of Taurus Wines along with his wife, Ed helps with IT-related projects, including the website and our Shopify back office. His great passion is cars and he puts his expertise to use helping us source our fleet of vans - even if they're not quite as snazzy as what he drives! It's thanks to Ed though that we now have Chateauneuf-du-Zap, our all-electric VW iBuzz van.