Wine & Whisky Advisers

Spears 2019

HEW BLAIR

JUSTERINI & BROOKS

Holder of a royal warrant for every monarch since King George III in 1761, Justerini & Brooks still tops the merchant hierarchy, with more than £200 million’ worth of wine held on behalf of clients worldwide. Honorary chairman Hew Blair… Read More

DOUGLAS BLYDE

DOUGLAS BLYDE

Whether it’s tending to A-list cellars or exploring the Chinese mountains of Ningxia in search of interesting varieties, the endlessly creative and ever enthusiastic Douglas Blyde just doesn’t stop. ‘If I’ve been told by a client that they really dislike… Read More

GARY BOOM

BI

‘The Champagne phenomenon seems to have hit Asia, with clients who typically preferred still red wine becoming more and more knowledgeable on fizz,’ says Gary Boom. The Asian market isn’t the only thing branching out into new areas. After a… Read More

PAUL BOWKER

WILKINSON VINTNERS

Depth and breadth is the stock-in trade at Wilkinson Vintners, which deals mainly in Bordeaux but also covers Burgundy, the Rhône, Champagne and vintage port. It aims to sell ‘the right wines at the right price’, and to stock anything… Read More

ADAM BRETT-SMITH

CORNEY & BARROW

Used to doing things its own way, Corney & Barrow was the first to develop close relationships between merchants and growers, a concept alien to the industry back then. ‘People laughed at us,’ says managing director Adam Brett- Smith. ‘We… Read More

ROSIE CLARKSON

ONSHORE CELLARS

Based in Antibes, Onshore Cellars mainly specialises in sourcing and arranging wines to line the cellars of superyachts. It’s a tricky job, says sales director Rosie Clarkson. Not only are yachts always moving, but they are far from ideal wine… Read More

SUSIE DE PAOLIS

SUSIE DE PAOLIS

Recommended by Lord Rose, the former boss of Marks & Spencer, Susie de Paolis advises clients on portfolio and cellar management. The key to offering the best advice is having a ‘close rapport’ with the client in order to understand… Read More

RICHARD ELLISON

WANDERLUST

Richard Ellison set up online-only merchant Wanderlust after ten years in finance to offer top-drawer wines from lesser-known producers. Its focus is on sustainability: all wines offered on the site are organic. The remit includes natural and biodynamic wines, which… Read More

DAVID ELSWOOD

CHRISTIE’S

As the international head of wine sales and principal auctioneer at Christie’s, David Elswood presides over a legacy that has seen the hammer drop on the finest bottles since 1766. Bordeaux and Burgundy remain the stock in trade at auction,… Read More

TOM GEARING

CULT WINES

Since its founding in 2007, Cult Wines has grown in double digits year-on-year. The premise is simple, says founder and MD Tom Gearing: to exploit the full potential of wine investment for its clientele. ‘We approach it from a more… Read More

JOHNNY GOEDHUIS

GOEDHUIS & CO

The Burgundy specialist has had another ‘brilliant’ year, according to founder and chairman Johnny Goedhuis. The firm has been notably active in the region since it was founded in 1981. ‘Over the years we have built up a relationship with… Read More

JAMIE GRAHAM

BRUNSWICK FINE WINES

Jamie Graham launched Brunswick Fine Wines with Carlos Dehann in 2016 after noticing a need for a business focused on customer service and expert sourcing. With over 40 years’ industry experience between the founders, few boutiques can command such a… Read More

MARTIN GREEN

BONHAMS

The highlight of Martin Green’s year was the world record for whisky at auction set when a bottle of Macallan 1926-60 year old Valerio Adami sold for HK$8,636,250 (£814,081) at Bonhams Hong Kong sale room in May. ‘These bottles are,… Read More

ALEXANDER HALL

VINEYARD INTELLIGENCE

Alexander Hall was an investment banker until a sabbatical on his stepfather’s vineyards prompted a move to Bordeaux. He set up Vineyard Intelligence to offer onand off-market property search in France, as well as audit, evaluation and negotiation services and… Read More

TOM HARROW

HONEST GRAPES

A regular host of tastings, Tom Harrow is one of the wine world’s most recognisable figures, thanks to his affable charm and his work championing independent wines from all corners of the globe. From the annual wine cruise he hosts… Read More

RICHARD HARVEY

BONHAMS

‘Once people are buying at auction, it usually means they’ve achieved a certain degree of knowledge and understanding of wine and its value,’ says Bonhams global head of wine and qualified sommelier, Richard Harvey. He describes Bonhams’ offering as a… Read More

DAN JAGO

BERRY BROS & RUDD

When taking on the leadership of Britain’s oldest family-owned wine and spirits merchant, chief executive Dan Jago was told, ‘Berry Bros & Rudd is a 320-year-old business – make sure it is still here in 300 years’ time.’ Now three… Read More

RICKESH KISHNANI

QUINTESSENTIALLY APAC

‘There’s more to whisky than Macallan,’ says Rickesh Kishnani, managing director of wines and spirits at Quintessentially APAC, and former CEO of The Whisky Fund – a seven year fund which was liquidated in September 2017 after exceeding its target…. Read More

JAN KONETZKI

TEN TRINITY SQUARE

Ten Trinity Square’s partnership with the Four Seasons, Reignwood group and Chateau Latour gives it a unique vantage point for wine lovers. Set within one of the city’s most historic landmarks, it houses the first Chateau Latour discovery room outside… Read More

SIMON LARKIN

ATLAS FINE WINES

Simon Larkin MW founded Atlas Fine Wines after nearly two decades in the trade, where among other ventures, he headed up the fine wine trading at an old established merchant. The aim for Atlas remains the same as eight years… Read More

CHARLES LEA

LEA & SANDEMAN

It’s been a good year for Chelsea institution Lea & Sandeman: celebrating its 30th anniversary, it also received a Royal Warrant in April. Co-founder Charles Lea puts it down to consistency. ‘I was looking back at our first flyer when… Read More

ELLA LISTER

WINE LISTER

After leaving the banking world for the wine industry, Ella Lister saw a need for a data-driven approach to wine investment. Soon after, Wine Lister was born with the aim of bringing ‘analytical rigour’ to wine investment. The first of… Read More

GRAEME MAXWELL

MCTEAR’S

‘Choosing one highlight of the McTear’s Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction isn’t an easy task,’ says Graeme Maxwell. ‘But one lot that sticks in the mind is the Glenlivet 1943 Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection aged 70 years, which sold… Read More

PATRICK O’CONNOR

FINE+RARE

Since becoming one of the wine industry’s youngest CEOs at the tender age of 40, Patrick O’Connor has kept the online marketplace Fine + Rare, which allows users to buy, sell and store their bottles around the world seamlessly. Its… Read More

RUPERT PATRICK

WHISKYINVESTDIRECT

If an HNW should ever be in need of an eBay-like platform for their favourite luxury whisky, they can visit WhiskyInvestDirect’s online market. Buyers invest in whisky that is linked to fixed income bonds held by distillers. Once both the… Read More

SEBASTIAN RILEY-SMITH

SMITH & TAYLOR

Smith & Taylor was the first company to specialise in wine storage and management, providing expert service with an eye for detail and care. Its technical understanding of cellar maintenance and wine management is unparalleled: its state-of-the-art Chelsea Bridge cellars… Read More

NIELS SHERRY

67 PALL MALL

Niels Sherry is the general manager of 67 Pall Mall, which in the short three years since its launch has become an institution for wine obsessives. Founded by former hedge fund manager Grant Ashton, its wine list runs to over… Read More

ANDY SIMPSON

RARE WHISKY 101

Rare Whisky 101’s proposition is straightforward: ‘We are the first and only company to publish an extensive range of insight and intelligence to the whisky collector and investor.’ Andy Simpson, an avid whisky drinker from the age of 16, has… Read More

ALISTAIR VINER

HEDONISM WINES

Since opening in 2012, Hedonism has become a Mayfair establishment with a growing stock of over 11,000 wines and spirits to choose from. It recently collaborated with the Hide restaurant on Piccadilly to provide one of the biggest wine lists… Read More