Andrew Rae

Managing Director & Bordeaux and New World buyer

How long in the wine trade? Over 20 years, if we include managing a hotel bar belonging to a prominent international chain at 16 (and looking 12), which the proper manager was too lazy to do. Demanding proof of age was always tricky.

How did you get here? Lucky escape from Oddbins

Favourite wine? 1990 Clos des Papes. Though I've never tried the `78.

Worst wine experience? My own – vintage 1992, appellation Exeter University, from a kit

Signature dish? Porridge au chocolat Valrhona

Favourite restaurant? L'Anima, 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate West, EC2A 2DQ
Though I always pick up a bottle or two from here first and take advantage of their excellent corkage service

What one thing would improve the quality of your life? More daylight

Favourite film? Rita, Sue and Bob, too. Pure class.

How do you relax? Reading. As in a book. Not Services.