Custom Crush  

About Us

Emma Rice, a graduate of Plumpton College’s BSc in Viticulture & Oenology, has been honing her skills in England, California and Tasmania. An 18-month stint as an oenologist, running the laboratory for a ‘custom crush’ winery in the Napa Valley, has given her invaluable skills in wine analysis, dealing with many types and styles wine. This was followed by three months of hard work in the cellars of Tamar Ridge Wines in Tasmania. All this solidified the practical experience she initially gained whilst at Nyetimber Vineyard in 2005/2006.

Prior to her ‘re-education’ at Plumpton, Emma was previously editor of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book for three editions, helped with the mammoth task of updating the 5th edition of the World Atlas of Wine and edited various other books on wine and food whilst in the role of managing editor at Mitchell Beazley’s wine department. In fact Emma has been involved in the wine trade ever since leaving school, having worked at Oddbins, The White Horse at Chilgrove and Domaine Direct, a London-based independent merchant importing and selling Burgundy to restaurants and the trade.

This experience can be utilised by clients in various combinations according to their needs.