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HEW BLAIR

JUSTERINI & BROOKS

Being a customer of Justerini & Brooks is like being a member of an exclusive club. Blair, the head of the company, which has been choosing wines for the royal cellar since the time of George III, is the model… Read More

GARY BOOM

BI (BORDEAUX INDEX)

BI, known until early 2016 as Bordeaux Index, is ‘the world’s only truly global 24-hour fine wine merchant’, says Boom. The rebrand ‘tells the story of the success of the company’, which now specialises in Burgundy, Italy, Champagne, California, Spain… Read More

PAUL BOWKER

WILKINSON VINTNERS

Wilkinson Vintners concentrate on sourcing ‘the right wine at the right price’ from private sellers and at auction, says Bowker. They aim to always have the wines people are looking for in stock — which currently amounts to around £7… Read More

ADAM BRETT-SMITH

CORNEY & BARROW

Corney & Barrow sell wine that’s strictly for drinking — anything else is a bonus. ‘Wine is alive, it’s a work of art in its ephemeral way,’ enthuses Brett-Smith, who is clerk to the cellars of the Prince of Wales… Read More

STEPHEN BROWETT

FARR VINTNERS

Browett started out as a van driver for a wine shop and ‘fell into wine’; 30 years later he celebrated his 50th birthday at Château Latour. At the moment he is enjoying the 2015 Bordeaux, which has been tumbling off… Read More

SUSIE DE PAOLIS

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Drinking a top wine is like looking at a Rembrandt for De Paolis, whose love of wine is equaled only by her love of art. Burgundy is her favourite, with its ‘texture, colour and complexity which compares to that of… Read More

DAVID ELSWOOD

CHRISTIES WINE

‘At the top end of the market, from an auction point of view, there is life,’ says David Elswood, head of Christie’s wine department, which both buys and sells wine on clients’ behalf. After a slump in 2011, things are… Read More

TOM GEARING

CULT WINES

Former runner up on The Apprentice and a media heart-throb, Gearing originally had his sights set on the City. However, with the investment wine market flourishing, he was presented with the opportunity to combine his passion for fine wine with… Read More

JOHNNY GOEDHUIS

GOEDHUIS & CO

Chairman and founder Johnny Goedhuis is beloved by his clients and well-known for his personal charm and unmatched wine expertise. Since Goedhuis and Co. began just 35 years ago, it has become synonymous with absolutely top-end service and a genuine… Read More

TOM HARROW

HONEST GRAPES

There is no such thing as a typical week for Tom Harrow, the co-founder of Honest Grapes who is known as ‘the Wine Chap’ in the world of fine wine. If he’s not salmon fishing with clients off the southern… Read More

DAN JAGO

BERRY BROS & RUDD

New CEO Jago says he has found the perfect job, or rather, the perfect job found him. ‘Without knowing it, this was what I was aiming for in my career all along,’ says Jago, who was poached by Berry Bros… Read More

SIMON LARKIN MW

ATLAS FINE WINES

After completing university, Simon Larkin worked part-time for a top wine merchant where he was encouraged to pursue a career in the industry. ‘I had to decide whether to take a job in the City or get sidetracked by wine,’… Read More

ELLA LISTER

WINE LISTER

Wine Lister, the brainchild of former investment banker Ella Lister, is a new online tool, which evaluates the fine-wine market. It’s the first platform to combine qualitative and quantitative data using ‘bespoke algorithms to distil them into a single score’…. Read More

VINCENT O’BRIEN

OCTAVIAN VAULTS

One hundred feet below the hills of Corsham, Wiltshire, you’ll find much of the finest wine in the world encased in Bath stone. A former mine which is backed up by two nearby aircraft hangars, Octavian currently store over £1… Read More

SEBASTIAN RILEY-SMITH

SMITH & TAYLOR

Sebastian Riley-Smith is looking forward to drinking a magnum of Henri Giraud 1998 Champagne, in keeping with the rising trend, which is for ‘more than just frontline names’, he maintains. Whatever your preference, Smith & Taylor will make sure your… Read More

JAMIE RITCHIE

SOTHEBY'S

Global head of wine Jamie Ritchie started buying wine by the case when he was seventeen after he had an epiphany: ‘I realised that if I lived until I was 70 and drank a bottle of wine a day, then… Read More

NIELS SHERRY

67 PALL MALL

Fed up with the inflated prices of fine wines in London’s restaurants, in December 2015 hedge-fund manager Grant Ashton founded 67 Pall Mall. Its membership sold out almost immediately, and includes some of the world’s top wine-makers. ‘You’ll see them… Read More

ALISTAIR VINER

HEDONISM WINES

Hedonism Wines, though still the ‘new kids on the block’ in London’s Mayfair, have ‘the biggest range of wines readily available in store in the world’, says Alistair Viner, a former chef who is now Hedonism’s chief buyer. The boutique… Read More