Since becoming one of the wine industry’s youngest CEOs at the age of 40, Patrick O’Connor has kept the online marketplace Fine + Rare, which allows users to buy, sell and store bottles seamlessly, on the cutting edge.
Its ability to track and scour the globe to source and gauge demand is unique. ‘This gives collectors incredible access,’ O’Connor explains. ’It’s our job to make sure they can search, while we curate to offer them the wines they’re looking for.’
O’Connor has a strong interest in Bordeaux: ‘I like the balance and structure, and its ability to deal with food better than any other wine,’ he says. He’s also a fan of Château Rayas in the Northern Rhône: ‘When I’m not trying to sell it, I’m buying it for myself.’