Tony Laithwaite’s legacy of wine – “Direct” is a story 50 years in the making …
Sit back, pour out a glass from your favourite bottle, and follow Tony Laithwaite on his 50-year-long adventure in wine. The secret to his success? It’s right on the cover – “Direct”. Going direct to passionate family winemakers and forging relationships that would last decades. Bringing the best of their wines direct to customers back in the UK. When Tony founded “Bordeaux Direct” in 1969, it had not been done before – and this book reveals the rich ‘behind the scenes’ story. Filled with anecdotes of Tony’s early years in France, detailed archive imagery, newly commissioned illustrations and much more.
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
at washing bottles. Read more