Jim Eustace

Jim Eustace - Hayes, Hanson and Clark, Wine Merchants

Special guest, Jim Eustace of Hayes, Hanson and Clark, Wine Merchants

Ladies and Gentlemen! At least those who are still standing ... Today, the Quiet Man of Wine ... our Man at HH & C, Gentleman Jim Eustace is here, rocking the house and bustin' his moves! And what a line-up - Jim's mild and affable, besuited exterior belies a rumoured history of wasted days and trashed nights in the clubs of Soho and Southwark in the notorious 80s, and here, that wax under his right arm, perhaps the proof positive. Mind you, things did turn around later after leaving Art School and abandoning plans to become the Simon Le Bon of the world of installations and found art, and having put the big permed hair behind him, Jim started at HH & C as a van driver and rapidly worked his way up the slippery pole to partner, buyer and director. Parent, rugby coach, husband, but above all Pinotphile ... here he is, and GOOD GOD, he's back in the shoulder pad suit and he's done something horrid to the barnet ... no matter... give a big retro Ministry of Sound-type welcome please, give it up for to the charming and civilized ... MR JIM EUSTACE!

Top 10 Tunes

  1. Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode

    Sorry, but I love a bit of eighties electronica it's my era.
  2. Too Much Too Young - The Specials

    Because I never could
  3. Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster

    Every now and then it's good to dig out the 10-holers and go a bit mental to the angry boys from Ulster.
  4. Jackson - Johnny Cash/June Carter

    Because it's a happy song!
  5. Queen Bitch - David Bowie

    Today, it's my favourite Bowie song, tomorrow ...
  6. This Is What We Find - Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  7. Any song with

  • This Is What We Find - Ian Dury and the Blockheads

    A voice like melting silk (not dissimilar to the texture of Two Paddocks Pinot!)
  • Boiling Pot - J.J. Cale

    This was our go-to song driving through France this summer the kids loved it (but probably just because of the swearing).
  • Song for the Dumped - Ben Folds Five

    For quiet moments.
  • Candy Says - Lou Reed

    It's funky yet restrained and I like it.
  • Arrested Development - Tennessee

  • Melting silk what an excellent analogy for TP Pinot! And anyone who loves Ian Dury, as I do respect, dude!

    Thanks Jim, and kudos for everything you do for Two Paddocks in Blighty. And Disco Daygloers ... Next time you are in London, pop in and see Jim at Haynes Hanson & Clarke. When you walk in the door, you may find the music turned down, but you might just catch them (I know we have) with Jim's tracks turned to max, and they are boppin' in the back ...

    Seriously though, the best wine shop in the land. Worth the journey.