About Wine Equals Friends
In the beginning...
Sue Chambers came to the world of wine fifteen years’ ago; after only one evening class, Sue discovered her inner passion!
Serving her apprenticeship at Oddbins followed by Bibendum. Sue achieved success with the wine trade’s internationally recognised WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) professional qualifications, winning a Decanter Magazine prize along the way and flying through the prestigious Diploma in just one year instead of two. Sue Chambers has been a Senior Judge at the International Wine Challenge for the last six years.
Wine Equals Friends is born!
Sue Chambers founded Wine Equals in 2000, initially on the premise of just selling ten cases to friends.
The business grew quickly because Sue’s passion and gift for finding high quality, small production wines, was appreciated by all her clients.
Sue's passions have come together over the last year, with her love of travel, good wine and New York! For the first time Long Island wines - of New York State - are available in the UK from Wine Equals. Serendipity played a large part, Sue’s palate did the rest! Now there is even more reason to be passionate!
The long road to Long Island
After meeting an American neighbour - Karen Karp of Karp Resources they became close friends. When Karen returned to her native Long Island and expanded her business, this opened up a regular holiday tradition and an introduction to the Long Island wine producers that was to blossom into a fruitful relationship ten years later.
After a chance meeting & tasting with Susan Spence of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation 2010, Sue Chambers visited Long Island specifically to meet potential winemaking partners and research the area. The results were even better than she had imagined - the wines have come of age since her first visit in 2000, amassing critical acclaim. They are also uniquely placed to inject some new excitement into the UK wine market and give consumers a brand new experience. Tasting, travel and personalities can come together, for a perspective on terroir.
Follow the winemakers virtually through links on the Wine Equals website, and become part of the experience with Wölffer Estate, Channing Daughters, Paumanok, The Lenz Winery and McCall Wines all from Long Island. Let your tasting adventure begin with passion ...
Who's listing New York?
Dinner by Heston Blummenthal
Gordon Ramsay Holdings
Hix Mayfair at Brown’s Hotel
JW Steakhouse at the Grosvenor Marriott
MASH (Modern American Steakhouse)
Master & Servant
The Modern Pantry
Peyton & Bryne - The National Dining Room & Inn The Park
Pied a Terre
Pollen Street Social
The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant
Rest of the UK
Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House
Hotel du Vin
Paul Ainsworth at NO6
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
The Vineyard at Stockcross
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