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Friday, 19 December 2014

THE GRAPE ESCAPE

ONE OF Carlisle’s specialist wine shops is closing because the owner has landed a dream job in the USA.

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Beginning of a grape adventure: Glenn Mitton is closing the Wine Press and moving to California

Glenn Mitton opened the Wine Press in Chapel Court, Cecil Street, 10 years ago.

He is now ready to leave the business and his home in Brampton to work for a winery at Paso Robles in Calfornia’s Central Coast.

He said: “I was staying with a friend in California in March and an opportunity arose. I thought why not? What have I got to lose?”

Mr Mitton declined to name his new employer until his visa comes through.

But he is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “Initially I’m going to be working the harvest, which starts mid August. In the New Year I’ll help this prestigious winery on the promotional side, through dinners and tastings.

“That’s the aspect of running the Wine Press that I’ve enjoyed the most.

“They have a VIP tasting room and a dining club with 5,000 members.”

Mr Mitton was born in Carlisle, went to Austin Friars School and worked in the family refrigeration business and as a gym instructor.

His passion for wine prompted him to open the Wine Press in November 1998.

He added: “I love my shop and I love Carlisle.

“If I this opportunity hadn’t arisen I might have stayed here for the next 20 years running the shop.

“I’d hate people to think it has closed because business is bad. That’s not the case. It’s because this is a dream job.”

The shop will shut once the remaining stock is sold, probably by the end of June.

In the meantime there are bargains for wine lovers.

During May there is 10 per cent off whole or mixed cases of 12 bottles and 10 per cent off all cigars – another Wine Press speciality.

Mr Mitton also runs a monthly wine-and-dine club in conjunction with Keez Bistro in Cecil Street. The last of these will be in June.

JWhittle@cngroup.co.uk

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