The concept of Vino Vero came to us - as all good plans do - at 2am after a few bottles of wine. 18 months later, in May 2013, our idea came to life and we've not looked back.
The shop has won three awards and is the only place of its kind east of the M25.
We know every single one of our wines, and the people behind them. We want to make sure that what's on the shelf is the very best example of its kind. Everything has been vetted by us.
We have a strong focus on organic and biodynamic wines, as well as 'low intervention' wines; those that haven't been mucked about with, either in the vineyard or in the winery.
As for us, we're Sam and Charlie; a real life Gavin and Stacey, Sam from Leigh-on-Sea and Charlie from North Wales. We were just 21 and 19 when we met in Birmingham in 2003. We caught the wine bug in 2011 on a trip to the States and never looked back.
We're lucky enough to have Ollie and Ali working with us.
Local Leighites might know Ali from when she ran Legra restaurant on the London Road. She's passionate about Italian wines and the magic of food and wine matching.
Ollie's background in bars and restaurants led him to discover wine a few years ago, and with a brain like his, it didn't take him long to ingest huge amounts of wine knowledge in a short amount of time. He's great at a recommendation or two