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Sunday, 1 March 2015

The further adventures of Barry Gamble



ESW Exports (UK) Ltd - headings' menu includes 'Our Sparkling Wines' 
Menu changed during afternoon of 6th August 2013

Barry Gamble, ex-director of The London Vines Ltd and Imperial Wines of London Ltd (Gamble was appointed as a director on 30.5.2008 and resigned 13.1.2009 an was company secretary from 30.5.2008 - 26.7.2010), appears to have lost interest in wine investment and has moved into drinks distribution through ESW Exports (UK) Ltd and GPW Global Distribution Ltd.

ESW Exports (UK) Ltd was founded on 16th August 2012 and claims to be a specialist in the export of English sparkling and UK Whisky worldwide. The company is registered and said to trade from 85 Leonard Street, London EC2 4QS, telephone: 020-7998 0525.
     
ESW Exports (UK) Ltd list a number of English sparkling wine producers* as 'our sparkling wines'. This is without the agreement or permission of at least one of England's leading sparkling wine producers. ESW Exports (UK) Ltd had approached this producer and was told that they were not interested in their services. The producer is now looking to get their name and details of the ESW Exports (UK) Ltd site as quickly as possible. 

Although, when visiting English vineyards, Gamble has apparently introduced himself as a director of ESW Exports (UK) Ltd, there is only one director of ESW – 47-year-old Anthony Richardson. He is also a director of Arlington Wine Portfolios Ltd. 42-year-old Robert Phillips (aka James Morrison?), the current director of London Vines Ltd, was previously a director of Arlington Wine Portfolios Ltd.

Gamble says that he has only ever introduced himself as head of operations. However, the English wine producer who initially contacted me about ESW Exports (UK) Ltd described Gamble as director. When one of the UK's leading producers contacted ESW Exports (UK) Ltd (6.8.13) to demand that their name be removed from the 'our sparkling wines' list, they were told that 'they would get their MD Barry Gamble to phone me back'. 


Gamble was a director of GPW Global Distribution Ltd (founded 5th March 2013). Gamble was appointed on 3rd July 2013 and resigned on 30th July 2013. GPW Global Distribution Ltd are 'distributors of premium beverages, lagers, craft beer, spirits and unique non-alcoholic drinks'. According to the company's website 'the team and their partners have an extensive background of import and export, a vast knowledge within the distribution sector.'     

The London Vines Ltd, which offered wine investments, seems to have recently disappeared leaving some of its clients short of the wines they bought. The company used cold calls and very aggressive sales tactics to sell overpriced wines often targeting the elderly. See here and here. Investors concerned about their investments with The London Vines Ltd may well want to contact Barry Gamble at ESW on 020-7998 0525. 

investdrinks has been informed that 'the London Vines Ltd set very strict parameters before potential leads could be called. A third party marketing company would call the customer twice before The London Vines Ltd paid for a lead. Most of these leads would be aged between 35 and 55 years, actively investing and they were all seeking alternative investment markets. Once these parameters were met The London Vines would call the potential customer to offer them a brochure. The allegation that the wines were overpriced is not the case, in fact, for a period of time they were one of the cheapest on the market.'

If I was English sparkling wine producer I would be extremely wary about doing any business with ESW Exports (UK) Ltd or GPW Global Distribution Ltd. Nor would I want to gamble the good reputation of my brand with any association with either GPW Global Distribution Ltd and ESW Exports (UK) Ltd

GPW Global Distribution Ltd   

Update: 6pm 6.8.2013
*: the list of English sparkling wines was removed from the ESW site shortly after this post went live. The GPW site was also amended with the mention of and link to ESW removed.

Compare and contrast: 


ESW Mk2: 'Our sparkling wines' has disappeared leaving whisky 


GPW Mk2: only coconut water and lager remain, ESW Exports has gone



A response from Barry Gamble: 
Last Friday I emailed Barry Gamble to ask what the current status of The London Vines Ltd is and whether all of the wines ordered by its clients had been purchased. As I received no reply I sent an email to his address at ESW Exports Ltd. This time I received a reply (6.8.13):

'I am in receipt of your email dated Friday 2nd August 2013.

I have also been made aware that you have posted a blog concerning ESW and GPW, giving out ESW details for London Vines clients to call. You are hereby instructed to immediately remove that blog as well as your previous blogs mentioning my name as it is clear that your intention is to destroy my reputation in whatever way you can.

I confirm that my solicitor will be sending a formal letter before action to you tomorrow on this matter setting out my position fully.


Yours sincerely,

Barry Gamble'

I would have thought that Gamble would have thanked me for assisting concerned investors, who have sunk life savings with The London Vines Ltd, to contact him, so that he could reassure them that their wines had indeed been purchased. This would appear not to be the case.
Gamble has promised me a letter from his solicitor 'setting out my position fully'. Gamble was the founding director of The London Vines Ltd – being appointed on 26th January 2010 – resigning on 09th April 2013. 

Update: 7th August 2013: Barry Gamble doesn't work here:
Message received from TP, a concerned wine investor with The London Wines Ltd:  
'I have just spoken to a person on the number you provided who was very irate saying that Barry Gamble did not work there and he was not ESW Exports (UK) Ltd. He asked who provided the number and mentioned you name. He asked for my name which I refused to do as if Gamble does not work there then it is of no business of his. He gave the impression that he had been getting a lot of calls?

As a "heads up" he did mention that he would see you in court over this and I just put the phone down.'


All very curious as Barry Gamble has also been the point of contact for several English sparkling wine producers, even as late as last Friday. Gamble has also visited their vineyards introducing himself as a director of ESW Exports (UK) Ltd.

Please contact us:
Contact: Mr Barry Gamble

Detail from above taken from the International Beverage Network

Is Barry Gamble so desperate not to take calls from concerned clients of The London Vines Ltd that staff at ESW Exports (UK) Ltd have been instructed to deny that Gamble has any connection with ESW Exports (UK) Ltd? Or is it true that Barry Gamble has indeed no connection with ESW Exports (UK) Ltd and instead has been passing himself off as a director of the company. If it is the latter possibility, then I assume that Anthony Richardson will want to see Gamble 'in court over this'.    





Tuesday, 21 October 2014

ADT Brokerage: not for me thanks!


Introduction to ADT Brokerage 'a privately-owned 
and operated wine merchant' from their home page


I recently came across ADT Brokerage – sometimes called ADT Brokerage Ltd and decided to do a spot of due diligence on the company. So first a look at the website (http://www.adtbrokerage.com): 


'ADT Brokerge is a privately-owned and operated wine merchant, involved in the buying and selling of fine and premium wines from traditional European wine regions as well as South America and South Africa for sale primarily to our Asian client base.

The majority of our staff are wine experts with a plethora of working experience within the Fine Wine Industry, as well as having a team of regional specialists from most of the major wine producing regions of the world. When sourcing En Premier Wines for our clients, we aim to present rare, interesting and ultimately, wines that will become investment must-haves.' 

ADT Brokerage's site has plenty of guff but little substance. I assume by En Premier they mean En Primeur, which is correctly spelt in the explanation.  

A Paul Morrison is said to be the Business Director of ADT Brokerage Ltd. But hang on the picture of a bald chap purporting to be Mr Morrison appears familiar. A search on Google Images shows that the same Mr Morrison is apparently involved in many companies such as Krapf Chiropractic Associates, AEC Factory, Injury Demands, Assurity Staffing Group, Chodosh & Chodosh, Pipsco, Matik Financial (where he is called Scott Neve, international sales manager, and many more. 

Although doubtless Paul Morrison is multi-talented, this is a stock photo for businesses as are other photos on the ADT Brokerage site. 

The ADT Brokerage site does not include Terms & Conditions. The contact address: 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX is a mailing address. No contact details are given for Asia although the company claims that its sales are 'primarily to our Asian client base'. 

ADT Brokerage Ltd is not a registered UK company. Copyright on their website is dated 2012 but the website was registered very recently – on 5th October 2014 in Denmark. ADT Brokerage Ltd's website registrant is Jason Chambers, 191C Seven Sisters Road, London N4 3NG. 44-year-old Jason Chambers became the sole director of Viprix Solutions Ltd (described as a 'Software Consultancy') on 5th June 2014 – this is Chambers' only directorship.   
 


Registrant: Jason Chambers   

Given the lack of solid information about the ADT Brokerage including whether the company has any track record or expertise in fine wine, ADT Brokerage Ltd is not for me thanks! 
   


 


 

1947 Musigny Vieilles Vignes – 'serious reservations'

Message received this morning from Corney & Barrow expressing serious doubts about some 1947 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

'Good morning,

As the UK agents for Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé we would like to make you aware of the following:

A quantity of 1947 Musigny Vieilles Vignes appears to be being offered to the trade. It is suggested that it comes from a private European cellar and to have been released from the Domaine in the 1980’s.

The Domaine and Corney & Barrow are  aware of this and have serious reservations as to the authenticity of these bottles/cases. Should you be offered this wine we would be most interested to hear from you.

Yours sincerely

Will

Will Hargrove
Associate director and head of fine wine
DL: (44) 020-7265 2418
M: (44) (0) 7879 818693
E: will.hargrove@corneyandbarrow.com
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