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Published: November 18, 2021 | Updated: November 21, 2021

Worst bit of my job? The public’s perception of the wine trade as snobbish (it can be at times)

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

His favourite smell is champagne, he’d abolish the House of Lords if he was PM for the day, gets angry at stupidity and chooses mince and tatties or fish pie as his favourite food/dish.

Independent wine merchant Jim Dawson, Owner/Director of the Jolly Vintner Too wine shop in Bournemouth, occupies the 20 Questions’ hot seat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Antiques Road Trip.

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Sir David Attenborough.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Tasting wines to look for new and interesting wines to stock. Also tasting wines and whiskies with customers.

Q: And the worst…?

A: The public’s perception of the wine trade as being snobbish (it can be at times). This is something I have tried to debunk over last 40 odd years.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Peter Brown, Scottish No. 8 Forward. I styled my rugby playing on his.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Champagne.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Alum Chine Beach – my kids love it there.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Investigate the career fully before committing and learn as much as one can about it. Work hard.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: James Taylor – Sweet Baby James LP.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Many things but cyclists on pavements.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Mahler’s 8th Symphony.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: Keen to learn, hardworking, consistent, honest and personable.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Mince and tatties or fish pie.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Steamed pudding.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: Space to breathe, pace of life, the people and lots of variety of leisure pursuits.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: Abolish the House of Lords.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Stupidity.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Val d’Isere or the Maldives.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: Retired hopefully and living back in Scotland.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being direct, honest, truthful, loyal and knowledgeable.