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Petri Pentikäinen, Isle of Skye |
Petri joined Raeburn late 2021, after three years as General Manager of The Three Chimneys. He initially joined that restaurant with rooms at the end of the earth as Head Sommelier.
Prior to moving to Scotland he worked as a Market Analyst for the largest wine and spirits company in the Nordics and Baltics. Before coming to wine he was a management consultant for a couple of years in a Big 4 company.
He enjoys classically produced wines, with a personal tendency for high acid, high tannin Italian reds. Sangiovese is his favourite grape, closely followed by Nerello Mascalese and Nebbiolo. (However, he will not turn down a glass of well-made Pinot Noir.) The high acidity theme follows through to whites: he would pick a dry German Riesling any day of the year, although he does have a soft spot for long aged white wines such as white Rioja or traditionally made Jura wines, and of course mature Ad Armando from Tabarrini.
He has travelled extensively in Sicily where his parents-in-law live, meaning great visits to Cornelissen and Calabretta. He has also visited wineries in Alto-Adige, Burgenland, Burgundy, Jura, Rheingau, Rhone Valley, Tuscany.
He lives in the Scottish Highlands, where he has a croft and keeps a small flock of Hebridean sheep with his wife. He spends his free time with their two small boys as well as studying towards the Master of Wine qualification.
Ben Fawcett, Edinburgh |
It all began for Ben at the now defunct Bogle & Belcher in Montrose, Scotland. The owner moulded Ben’s palate to all things French and Italian, plus a healthy cynicism for industrial wine – but that’s another story.
Ben remains staunchly European to this day, and not only his palate! Favourite wines tend to be a creamy serious Chardonnay, anything from Saumaize-Michelin or on special occasions Henri Boillot. Another favourite is Pichler-Krutzler Pinot Blanc. Reds are Italian on the whole: anything from Tuscany, like Sanguineto’s Rosso, and northwards.
Summer holidays always include a winery visit or two. Discovering the steepness of Stella di Campalto’s Montalcino vineyards, the age of Tritium’s cellars in Rioja, and discussing the merits of coalition governance with Giampaolo Tabarrini are three particular highlights to date.
Edinburgh based, Ben joined Raeburn in 2015. Along with cycling, cooking and the occasional Munro ascent, he is determined to make learning both Italian and Spanish a future perfect pastime.
Peter Mc Daid, London |
Peter Mc Daid’s wine merchant career began with four years managing Beverly Hills trade sales, which tends to elicit conversation. He went on to launch a portfolio of regional wineries in Barcelona in 2013. This was sandwiched by working as wine director at Firefly in LA, and Head Sommelier at Spring in London. His experience in both sides of the trade in two continents and two languages seems to work for him and his clients.
Voyages in wine include most all Californian AVAs (even Temecula), Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and some of the classics on this side of the pond. Favourites? Burgundy (duh), Priorat and Russian River Valley.
His great loves outwith wine are tennis and skiing. He regularly rides Baqueira-Beret in the Spanish Pyrenees, with past highlights including Chamonix (Fr), Sölden (At), Squaw Valley (CA), and Stowe (VT).
Peter joined Raeburn Fine Wines in 2017.
Richard Rotti, London |
For 25 years Richard Rotti was entrenched at Annabel’s, buying and training for the group, initially with consultant Harry Waugh. It was the era of abundant ancient bottles. The role swelled in 2007 after the merger with Caprice Holdings. After countless buying trips across France and Italy, scenic highlights remain visits to the Bekaa valley and Santorini.
Carrying Piemonte genes, he is bilingual in English and Italian: the country’s wines are his passion and speciality, along with everything Riesling.
He started at high street chain The Victoria Wine Co., before quickly moving on to the more pleasant surroundings of royal warrant holders Findlater, Mackie & Todd for five years, retailer and mail order specialist of classic wines.
A fanatical tennis enthusiast, RR lives in SW London, though the countryside beckons. Wangled out of a far too early retirement by Zubair, he joined Raeburn in 2019.
David Harvey, London |
David’s field is fine wine made with respect for mother nature, rather than despite Her. In other words, a place where excellence and ethics might meet. He is especially interested in innovations in carbon management, cooperage, closures and glassware, final frontier elements of the wine world.
David started at Harvey’s of Bristol in 1993. Within 18 months he had tasted 30 vintages of Latour back to 1919, the 1st growths in 1959 and 1961, Cockburn’s Vintage Port back to from 1927 thru to the 1991 single quinta components, had taken his first WSET exams. Since when, he (almost) never looked back.
Over the next decade he made it his business to taste the great wines of the world, travel the major European & Californian wine regions. Wine buying positions included 36 On The Quay, The Balmoral Hotel, Cliveden, Midsummer House.
In 2004 he worked for Cornelissen on Mt.Etna. He wrote the Brut Nature column for The World of Fine Wine magazine for three years, and contributed to recent editions of The Oxford Companion to Wine. He publishes a history of ethical wine production. David joined Raeburn in 2010, opening the London Office.
Outwith wine & spirits, he is invariably to be found with his family, humidor, library, jam-pan, turntable, yoga mat.