About Divine Wine
James Pyman, Founder of Divine Wine
I have a wealth of experience in the wine industry and a true passion for wine! I love to explore wines from all over the World, but particularly love creamy buttery white wines from Burgundy, smooth and silky red wines from Tuscany, delicate Pinot Noirs from Burgundy or California, aged Riojas, and a big juicy Malbec with a good steak or bbq!
In a previous life I had a successful career as an analyst within central Government departments. Having seen enough spreadsheets I made a career change to follow my passion and work in the wine industry.
My passion was transformed into knowledge and experience whilst working for Majestic Wine, where I was quickly promoted to a Senior Manager. I successfully managed a number of Majestic Stores in Surrey and surrounding areas, including in Esher, Weybridge, Woking and Sevenoaks. I made a success of my stores by ensuring we always provided the perfect experience for customers- passing on our knowledge to make sure everyone left with the best wine for them.
Following my time at Majestic I worked for a major wine supplier where I supplied wine to a large national gastro pub group. I was responsible for making sure that only the best wines were served to their customers- with annual sales of more than 2.5 million bottles this was a challenge I thrived on!
During my time in the wine industry I have developed a vast knowledge of wine through working with and tasting beautiful wines on a day-to-day basis, travelling across Europe to wineries and vineyards, attending masterclasses from winemakers, hosting numerous wine tastings and achieving the Advanced Wine and Spirits Education Trust qualification.
I have considerable experience of planning events with clients to ensure they have the right wine to serve to their guests. I've organised and hosted numerous wine and food pairing events, giving me a wealth of skills in matching wines perfectly to the catering.
I enjoy all wines, from a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at a party to a fine wine from Bordeaux to accompany an exquisite dinner. Please get in touch so I can help make sure your wedding or event serves the right wine for you.