Established in 2009, we’re a Bristol based independent wine merchant, selling through both our website and our beautiful shop in Clifton Village.
We like to think of ourselves as a place where people can browse and buy wonderful wine, from people who know their stuff, but aren’t stuffy about it. And this philosophy underpins our whole business approach.
We want to be open and accessible to all, and part of this process has been the design of our shop.
The front features everyday wines and great offers, making it quick and easy to grab a bottle of wine for dinner. Further back, the layout is by region where you can explore a greater range and the treasures each area has to offer.
We deal personally with both our wine growers and our customers. Building relationships and sourcing wine direct from producers and estates has always been a priority. It’s a pivotal part of the business, as it allows us to share top quality wines where from winemakers that we know and trust, that we can not only recommend but love to drink ourselves.
Expect an extensive and sometimes eclectic range, but don’t worry, we won't overwhelm you with a huge number of wines. Instead we use our experience to sort the wheat from the chaff and identify real value for money, without compromising quality. Whether you’re looking for wines to enjoy with supper tonight, something special for a party or present, en primeur, or for investment, we’ll always give you first-class guidance.
Wine is to be enjoyed and one thing is for sure, at DBM we never sell unexciting, dull wines.
It is the team at DBM Wines that make the difference, and to whom Aidan, Richard and Edward are very proud of. “Working with a group of people who are kind, share the DBM passion for customer service and great wine, while understanding the necessities of business, makes coming to work a delight”. It’s the genuine relationships created between the DBM team and customers’, whether on the phone, by email, face to face in the shop, or with our van delivery that makes the difference and is the core of what we do. We couldn’t be prouder of our wonderful team.
Although Fine wine can be a rarefied subject, Aidan has always been refreshingly approachable and enjoys nothing more than giving personal guidance to collectors and wine lovers alike.
A liveryman of the City of London’s Vinters’ company, Aidan is a highly respected taster and a member of the Southwold Tasting Group.
Initially starting in the wine trade as an auctioneer, he then moved to Howells of Bristol, where he spent many years specialising in fine wine and creating portfolios for investment and collectors, before heading up the dynamic fine wine business at Averys.
Aidan’s ability to continually find well-priced parcels of wine is a testament to his tenacious nature, that, and the lunches he enjoys, all in the service of networking and opening doors to private collections!
Out of hours, Aidan can often be found on the water in a dinghy, up to his waist in a river with a rod in hand, or racking the latest addition to his cellar.
Richard’s introduction to the world of wine began by pounding the streets of London, looking after trade sales with old established firm Findlater Mackie Todd & Co. Next stop was Waitrose, where he worked on the expansion of the mail order business, before moving across to Averys where he was a director for the better part of a decade and the face of Telegraph Wine.
However, it’s at DBM where Richard has really been able to make a difference. Here he’s put his extensive business and marketing experience into practice, and over time successfully driven the customer experience, and helped grow the business.
There has been one occasion though when his business acumen has clearly deserted him, when he saw an exciting restoration project and took on a “money pit” of a house, purely because it possessed an (empty) wine cellar!
When asked, Richard concedes he’s a sucker for Pomerol and new world Chardonnay, but aside from wine, his other passions are getting extremely muddy on his mountain bike/s and all forms of motorsport.
Edward fell in love with wine whilst working in the Alps, and having realised that being a ski bum was not a serious career, joined Bibendum Wine where he worked for 23 years. He started on the shop floor and worked his way through various roles finishing as National On-Trade Director, responsible for some of the largest On Trade accounts and venues in the UK.
Being a born and bred Bristolian he was keen to work full-time in Bristol, so on leaving Bibendum, set up a wine consultancy business, mainly working with Bristol Fine Wine. In 2022 he joined DBM to start a new division of the company looking after the On Trade.
A food and wine enthusiast, he is a keen sportsman, though age restricts participation now, but when not contactable he can normally be found on the golf course.