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Marina Pellegrini, Former Marketing Manager

Gyorgy Zsiga Ops Director Wine BuyerMarina Pellegrini is the first member of the team to join Ben & Gyorgy in April 2018. Marina has an MSc. in Plant Genetics and studied an MA in Law at the University of Bristol. Marina looked after our retail customers and marketing communication, inspired by her passion for great food and wine. Originally from Italy, Marina has travelled the world and has lived in Switzerland and Wales. In 2019, Marina left Novel Wines to pursue a career in events.

Hails from: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Favourite wine? I like the rich Greek white wine Ktima Biblia Chora Ovilos Barrel-Fermented Assyrtiko/Semillon. The bottle is also very elegant and attractive. It's a taste of pure luxury!

Favourite food? Pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter and smoked ricotta shavings. It's a lovely dish, common in my home region, and would go very well with a big buttery white wine like the Domaine Koquelicot Belaigra Grand Cru, or my favourite Greek white.

Best cheese and wine combo? Ever since I first tasted it there's only one: Manchego and English fizz. It works brilliantly! The very limited edition Sutton Ridge Dewdown Yeo Valley Sparkling is a particularly good match - and maybe add a little quince jelly, too.

Outside of work I like to… Read, go to the cinema, practice yoga and, of course, pet cats!

What’s the next big thing? I like looking at inventions and I think biodegradable dental floss is going to be massive. Watch this space.

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Aldwick Estate

Somerset, England

This absolutely stunning vineyard is set in the Mendip hills in Somerset, just outside of Bristol and Bath. Aldwick Estate has been family-run for five generations and is today Somerset's largest vineyard at 11 acres of vines. The estate is headed up by managing director Sandy Luck. Sandy says the mission for Aldwick is "to balance respect for tradition with the drive for innovation".

Vines are hand-tended throughout the year by a small team based on site. Grapes are hand picked every September and October and pressed by wine maker Steve Brooksbank to create a range of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines.

Thier Wines

Bacchus 2021

100% Bacchus | 11.5% ABV | Stainless Steel

Vibrant, herbaceous dry white wine that's soft on the palate and intensely satisfying

Pinot Noir 2022

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Mary's Rose 2022

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Classic Cuvee 2017

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Seyval Jubilate 2022

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