Wine & Whisky Advisers

Spears 2020

SIMON ARON

CASK TRADE

With an extensive background in technology, commercial property and agriculture, angel investor and serial entrepreneur Simon Aron has turned his obsessive hobby of more than 25 years into his life’s focus: Cask Trade (casktrade.com). Aron has collected, graded, traded and… Read More

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 WINE

Fine wine and spirits merchant BI helps collectors and investors around the world build cellars and portfolios based on their specific needs. The merchant strives to offer the best stock available at the best prices, coupled with a customer service… 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, Champagne, the Rhône, and vintage port. The firm aims to sell ‘the right wines at the right price.’ Its director… 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 then alien to the industry. ‘People laughed at us,’ admits company MD Adam Brett-Smith. ‘We trust our… Read More

ROSIE CLARKSON

ONSHORE CELLARS

Based in Antibes, Onshore Cellars specialises in sourcing and arranging wines to line the cellars of superyachts. It’s a tricky job, says sales manager Clarkson. Not only are yachts always moving, but they are hardly ideal wine stores. ‘Everything is… Read More

SUSIE DE PAOLIS

SUSIE DE PAOLIS

Recommended by Lord Rose, 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 their… Read More

RICHARD ELLISON

WANDERLUST

Richard Ellison set up his online -only merchant Wanderlust after 10 years in finance to offer top drawer wines from lesser-known producers. Its focus is sustainability: all wines offered on the site are organic. The remit includes natural and biodynamic… 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

Goedhuis & Co has grown with only one or two ‘slight hiccups’, according to founder and chairman Johnny Goedhuis. The firm has been notably active in the Burgundy region since it was founded in 1981. ‘Over the years we’ve built… Read More

JAMIE GRAHAM

BRUNSWICK FINE WINES

Jamie Graham launched Brunswick Fine Wines with Carlos Dehann in 2016, after noticing a need for a wine business focused on top customer service and expert sourcing. With more than 40 years of industry experience between the founders, few boutiques… Read More

MARTIN GREEN

BONHAMS

Martin Green’s recent highlights include setting a world record for whisky at auction 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 2018. ‘These bottles are, of course,… Read More

ALEXANDER HALL

VINEYARD INTELLIGENCE

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

SIR COLIN HAMPDEN-WHITE

CASK TRADE

Despite his status in the sector, Sir Colin Hampden-White has taken an unconventional route into the world of whisky. A trained quantity surveyor, in 2001 he decided to follow one of his passions by moving into the world of media… 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

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. Asian… Read More

JAN KONETZKI

TEN TRINITY SQUARE

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

Simon Larkin

SIMON LARKIN

ATLAS FINE WINES

A Master of Wine, Simon Larkin founded Atlas Fine Wines in 2010 after 14 years in the wine trade, in order to advise private clients on their collections. A decade on, Atlas continues to grow, boasting offices in the City… Read More

CHARLES LEA

LEA & SANDEMAN

Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018, the Chelsea institution Lea & Sandeman is also the recent recipient of a Royal Warrant. Co-founder Charles Lea puts the success of the firm down to consistency. ‘I was looking back at our… Read More

ELLA LISTER

WINE LISTER

Having left 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

GRAHAM MAXWELL

MCTEAR’S

Graham Maxwell of McTear’s delights in bringing exclusive and unusual bottlings to auction. ‘Choosing one highlight of the McTear’s Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction isn’t an easy task,’ he says. ‘But one lot that sticks in mind is the Glenlivet… Read More

PATRICK O’CONNOR

FINE & RARE WINES

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

RUPERT PATRICK

WHISKYINVESTDIRECT

HNWs seeking an eBay-like platform for their favoured luxury whiskies may wish to investigate WhiskyInvestDirect’s online market. Buyers invest in whisky that is linked to fixed income bonds held by distillers. Once both the whiskies and the bonds mature, clients… Read More

SEBASTIAN RILEY-SMITH

SMITH & TAYLOR

Smith & Taylor was the very first UK company to specialise in wine storage and management, providing expert service with an eye for detail and the utmost care. Its technical mastery of cellar maintenance and wine management is unparalleled: the… Read More

NIELS SHERRY

67 PALL MALL

Niels Sherry is general manager of 67 Pall Mall, which in just a few short years has become a bona fide institution for wine lovers. Founded by former hedge fund manager Grant Ashton, its wine list runs to over 4,000… Read More

TIM TRIPTREE

CHRISTIE’S

MW Tim Triptree is the international director of wine at Christie’s, where he curates, plans and executes the auction house’s slate of global auctions. Based in London, Triptree is also focused on developing relationships with his clientele, sourcing consignments and… Read More

ALISTAIR VINER

HEDONISM WINES

Since opening its doors 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 Hide restaurant on Piccadilly to provide one of the biggest wine… Read More