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After a false start studying architecture, Richard Harvey took a job at Oddbins, which turned out to be a foot in the door of a glittering career in the world of fine wine. A job at Prue Leith’s catering business followed, which led him to write Leith’s Guide to Wine, and to set up his own wine merchants. Bonhams’ global head of wine is now the only Master of Wine employed by an auction house. Go to auction for mature vintages, he suggests, because it’s quite simply one of the only places you can buy them. Perks of the job include tasting some of the rarest and most delicious wines on the planet. One such was an 1893 Chateau Margaux which was ‘still incredibly alive and absolutely delicious,’ he says.

Richard Harvey