Meet The Team

John Frazier - Chairman

The eponymous founder of Frazier's Wine Merchants, John originally qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Grimleys, in Birmingham. Later he joined his father in Morris's Wine stores, becoming a director before founding Frazier's after the sale of Morris's to Vaux Brewers. John's hobbies include shooting, fishing and golf. His favourite wines are found in France, particularly Bordeaux, and especially a little Château called d'Yquem.

William Frazier - Managing Director

William joined Frazier’s shortly after school, and after gaining valuable experience in all areas of the business is now responsible for the website and business development. William's hobbies include poker and clay shooting. His favourite drinks usually found in his glass are likely to be Riesling from all over the world, white Burgundy, red Bordeaux, vintage Champagne and a cold fresh cider after a hard day's tasting.   

Steven Jay - Operations Director

Steve joined Morris's in 1987, after working in the public house industry. He joined John Frazier when Morris's were sold to Vaux brewery and has since helped build Frazier’s to where they are today.

He is passionate about the wine trade and likes nothing more than going to trade tastings to find new and unusual wines to add to the Frazier's portfolio. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company, and likes to test his creativity by designing various styles of wine lists for our trade customers and regularly holds tastings and talks on various wines from around the globe. He enjoys a nice glass of Rioja or on a summers day a nice light Provence Rosé, alternatively Estrella Inedit is his chosen tipple when out on the town, so if you’re in Warwick and see him about send a pint over! When given the chance he loves nothing more than going out for a good curry and with so many great Indian restaurants in his proximity he regularly has the opportunity to indulge in this passion.

His interests include Clay Pigeon shooting, Cricket, Rugby, Golf and Football -  although he has little time to indulge in his passions as his young son keeps him occupied! For his sins he is a Birmingham City supporter…… therefore he is used to the challenges life throws at him! 

Edward Whitehill - Sales

Edward joined Frazier’s after leaving university and has now been with the company nearly 20 years. His thirst for knowledge has not stopped and he has recently successfully completed his Level 3 WSET examination making him our most qualified  member of staff. He is responsible for new business, day to day sales and account management while managing our on-line enquiries and website. When not with his family he likes sea fishing, golf and the occasional Triathlon. His favourite wines are quality Chablis and aged Riojas.

Nigel Merrick - Customer Services

Nigel joined Frazier’s in October 2012 having previously worked in Financial Services, HR, Resourcing and Learning. Motivated by an interest in developing more knowledge about the world of wine he started initially as Manager of their Lapworth Store and is now based in Customer Services at the company’s office looking after both trade and retail customers and updating the website. Nigel has completed his WSET Level 1 qualification and will be looking to complete further qualifications in the near future. Very passionate about football and now being past his prime enjoys cycling, walking and generally keeping fit. Being a passionate Liverpool fan, The Reds are naturally his favourite tipple, particularly good French reds as well as Malbec and Rioja. 

Francis Elms - Online Oenology Content Specialist

Francis joined Frazier's in 2019 after many years of working successfully in the wine trade as a shop manager for independent and national stores nationwide. Also, after selling fine Bordeaux to the Hong Kong market, Francis has grown accustomed to drinking wines with a particular "wow" factor. With a Level 4 WSET Diploma and much travel to the world's wine-producing regions, recommending something special, which won't break the bank, is a passion. Always looking for something new and exciting to drink, Francis particularly enjoys a glass of mature Riesling while listening to his favourite rock bands (turned up to 11, of course!).

Sean Driscoll - Sales

Sean joined Frazier’s team in 2022 after a career in the hospitality industry and has over ten years of experience in the wine trade working for an Independent Wine Merchant and before that as a waiter and bartender and as a leisure manager for a holiday company in the Peak District. The skills and knowledge gained working in hospitality and the service industry transferred quickly to allow him to cater for the needs of the On Trade customers he now looks after.
Over the past decade, he has gained knowledge of wines and the wine industry and has a real passion for making wine and wine service more approachable to everyone.
He sees the needs of both the customer and the restaurant & bar staff, making it easy to choose wines to suit a menu and allowing the front-of-house team the confidence to talk about and serve wine.
He has a great passion for sports, including Rugby, Golf and Football. He can be found on the golf course when time allows, but most of his free time is enjoyed in the Peak District with his wife and two young daughters. Whether walking & exploring or sampling the local pubs and restaurants, the region has to offer.
He has an appreciation for trying many different styles of wines. Still, he has a particular love of the Languedoc, having spent much time in the south of France, and the food & wines of Rioja, having experienced both whilst visiting the region a few years ago.

Adam Sutheran – Retail & Marketing Manager

Adam joined Frazier’s in April 2023. He discovered his passion for wine and spirits working in the hospitality industry. He completed the WSET levels 1 – 3 whilst studying marketing at university and wrote his dissertation on how to encourage the consumption of English & Welsh wine.
He claims not to have a favourite wine as he always likes trying something new and different, but does admit his modest collection favours Pinot Noir.
Outside work, Adam is a keen darts player, fencer (the Champagne of sports), an enthusiastic amateur artisan baker and craft beer aficionado. He is a great lover of music, mainly metal, and loves attending live shows. Adam is infamous for his very good G&Ts!

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