Dave Thornton


Dave joined Waitrose in 1984 and has enjoyed an extremely diverse career with John Lewis Partnership to date. He passed the WSET Diploma in 2009 and after three years as an Associate Judge, he was the IWSC Associate Judge of the Year in 2012 for wine. 

After a brief stint as a wine manager in a Waitrose branch in 1989 while a management trainee, he returned to the wine trade in 2005 as Content Manager for Waitrose Wine Direct. He has also been their Product Manager and is now Operations Manager for all of Waitrose's direct services, looking after online deliveries for wine, flowers and hampers, as well as the National Lottery in Waitrose branches. Outside of work, he has organised and lead wine tours and organises themed tastings. His specialist areas are fortified and dessert wines and takes a keen interest in Austrian and Canadian wines.
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