California trip for wine expert Alex

California bound Alex Buxton in his wine shop in Garstang
California bound Alex Buxton in his wine shop in Garstang
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A Garstang independent wine retailer has been selected to take part in a prestigious industry tour of California’s wine region, visiting several of its renowned vineyards and building trade links.

After entering a nationwide drinks industry competition in association with Off Licence News and the Wine Institute of California, Alex Buxton, owner of the Aged in Oak Wine Company, has made it through a rigorous selection process and been chosen by a team of industry experts to join six other independent wine retailers from around the country to tour the Californian wine region on a research mission.

The Aged in Oak Wine Company is the only North of England retailer chosen for the trip and will represent the region.

The party will visit some of the best vineyards in the US sunshine state, attend trade talks, meet producers and suppliers and have the chance to forge some important trade links for the future.

Time will be spent in Sanoma, Napa, Lodi and Mendocino.

Alex, originally from Longridge and an ex-Berry Lane Primary School and Longridge High School pupil said: “I am honoured to have been chosen for this trip and very excited about the opportunity: seeing the vineyards, meeting the people behind the wines first hand and rubbing shoulders with other independent wine retailers who are passionate about what they sell.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to broaden our knowledge about the region. ”

Alex will be visiting California from June 22 to 30 when his partner and co-owner Emma Bailie will be taking over the running of the shop at Market Place, Garstang.

To follow Alex on his Californian wine trip visit him at:,, agedinoakwine