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JAMIE GRAHAM

BRUNSWICK FINE WINE

For Jamie Graham, nothing has topped drinking a 1982 Lafite and 1982 Mouton Rothschild with a client in the 90s in Hong Kong’s old airport. ‘It felt like aeroplanes were landing on the roof, the whole place was shaking and… Read More

HEW BLAIR

JUSTERINI & BROOKS

Reputed to have one of the most discerning palates in the industry, Hew Blair had one of the best wines he’s ever tasted just before he speaks to us: a 1945 Mouton Rothschild. ‘It was just starting to take on… Read More

DOUGLAS BLYDE

DOUGLAS BLYDE

‘I appreciate that what I do is ultimately about enjoyment,’ says Douglas Blyde, endlessly enthusiastic and imaginative wine consultant and Evening Standard wine columnist, whose clients include Evgeny Lebedev and Viscount Weymouth. He spends much of his time ‘stuffing the… Read More

GARY BOOM

BI

BI founder and MD Gary Boom’s love of wine was sparked in the 1980’s while working in the City with businessman Michael Spencer on a project which became ICAP. ‘It was a magnum of Latour 1970 shared with Michael and… Read More

PAUL BOWKER

WILKINSON VINTNERS

Paul Bowker got into wine by mistake after taking a job in Paris on his gap year driving a van for wine legend Steven Spurrier. ‘All I ever wanted to do was be a banker,’ he says. ’Steven made me… Read More

STEPHEN BROWETT

FARR VINTNERS

Browett started out as a van-driver for a wine shop and ‘fell into wine’: 30 years later the straight-talking owner of Farr (who also happens to part-own Crystal Palace football club) celebrated his 50th birthday at Château Latour. Exports have… Read More

STEPHEN BURTON

BORDEAUX CELLARS

Set up in 2007 by lifelong oenophile Stephen Burton, Bordeaux Cellars specialises in creating bespoke portfolios for HNW clients. With offices in London, Hong Kong and New York, they provide advice for an international clientele wishing to collect the world’s… Read More

DAVID ELSWOOD

CHRISTIE’S

‘There’s been a steady rise guided by people who like wine rather than people who like buying wine,’ says David Elswood, who is rejoicing that the market is back as it should be: ‘strong, steady and a reliable place to… Read More

TOM GEARING

CULT WINES

Cult Wines have a clear modus operandi: ‘To provide a more bespoke portfolio management service for clients who have the intention of building up wine collections for capital appreciation and investment purposes,’ says founder and MD Tom Gearing. A former… Read More

JOHNNY GOEDHUIS

GOEDHUIS AND CO

It’s been another spectacular year for Goedhuis and Co. Established 36 years ago by Johnny Goedhuis who still runs the show, it won Decanter Magazine’s Burgundy Specialist Retailer of the Year award for an unprecedented third year in a row…. Read More

ALEXANDER HALL

VINEYARD INTELLIGENCE

Former investment banker Alexander Hall took a sabbatical from banking to work on his stepfather’s vineyards in New Zealand 15 years ago. A year later he was living in Bordeaux, ‘pruning vines, cleaning tanks and sitting on tractors’ — an… Read More

TOM HARROW

HONEST GRAPES

Unlike traditional wine merchants, Honest Grapes does not carry stock, letting it focus entirely on the client’s desires. Co-founder Tom Harrow, also known as ‘The Wine Chap’ in the world of fine wine, is very excited about the 2016 Bordeaux… Read More

RICHARD HARVEY

BONHAMS

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… Read More

DAN JAGO

BERRY BROS AND RUDD

Last year BBR’s new CEO Dan Jago told Spear’s he’d landed the perfect job. Another year into his role at the helm of Britain’s oldest wine merchant, he’s no less enthusiastic — and with good reason. Sales have grown and… Read More

SIMON LARKIN

ATLAS FINE WINES

Post-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 — happily, though, I got side-tracked by… Read More

CHARLES LEA

LEA & SANDEMAN

Charles Lea got into the business by mistake while working in Paris after leaving school. He went on to work at Chateau Latour and Moet & Chandon, followed by stints at Majestic and at Laytons where he was buying director…. Read More

ELLA LISTER

WINE LISTER

‘Anyone serious about investing in wine should be doing their research based on reliable, comprehensive data, rather than simply sticking a finger in the air,’ says Wine Lister founder Ella Lister. The revolutionary online tool evaluates the fine-wine market. ‘Fine… Read More

NICK MARTIN

WINE OWNERS

When you’re passionate, you have an unerring memory,’ says Wine Owners founder Nick Martin. A tech investment guru and former MD of a global marketing company with a serious love of wine, he reels off such a long and detailed… Read More

CRAIG NORTON

FINE + RARE

Craig Norton first became interested in fine wine following a brief spell working in hospitality between school and university, before taking a job at a wine bar and then running a wine shop. He joined FINE + RARE six years… Read More

VINCENT O’BRIEN

OCTAVIAN VAULTS

A hundred feet below the hills of Corsham, Wiltshire, some of the finest wine in the world is encased in twenty football pitches (90,000 sq m) of solid Bath stone. A former mine which is backed up by two aircraft… Read More

PATRICK O’CONNOR

FINE + RARE

Born in Cork, Ireland, Patrick O’Connor had very little exposure to fine wine growing up. Then as a teenager he did his first harvest and hasn’t looked back since. ‘Wine is a wonderful career,’ he says. He has since made… Read More

SUSIE DE PAOLIS

SUSIE DE PAOLIS

Recommended by Lord Rose, the former boss of Marks and Spencer, Susie De Paolis has been advising people on their wine portfolios and managing their cellars since 2001. Clients include people from all walks of life, from heads of industry… Read More

JAMIE RITCHIE

SOTHEBY’S

Sotheby’s global head of wine Jamie Ritchie started buying wine by the case when he was 17 after an epiphany: ‘I realised that if I lived until I was 70 and drank a bottle of wine a day, then I’d… Read More

NIELS SHERRY

67 PALL MALL

Fed up with the inflated prices of fine wines in London restaurants, hedge-fund manager Grant Ashton founded 67 Pall Mall in a Grade II-listed building at that address — a former bank designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Membership sold out… Read More

ADAM BRETT SMITH

CORNEY & BARROW

Thirty years ago, Corney & Barrow pioneered the direct relationship between grower and merchant, when the model was almost unheard-of. Today it is as close to its wine-makers as it is to its customers, and it’s had another excellent year…. Read More

SEBASTIAN RILEY-SMITH

SMITH & TAYLOR

Smith & Taylor has specialised in the storage and management of wine since 1986 when it was founded by Sebastian Riley-Smith (a descendant of brewer John Smith), who still runs it today. Their state-of-the-art Chelsea Bridge Cellars have been completely… Read More

STEVEN SPURRIER

CONSULTANT

Wine writer, consultant, vineyard-owner and former merchant, Steven Spurrier is quite simply a legend in the industry. When he created the Judgement of Paris on May 24th 1976 — an historic event at which experts rated Californian wines above Bordeaux… Read More

ALISTAIR VINER

HEDONISM WINES

Former head of the wine buying department at Harrods, Alistair Viner joined Hedonism Wines in 2011, and has helped the Mayfair emporium collate over 10,500 lines of wines and spirits — as well as making sure it gives a concierge… Read More