The Decanter Power List 2013

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15 Dan Jago (14)
Group wine director, Tesco, 53
While the fa llout from the £1.2bn write-off of its US chain Fresh & Easy is yet to permeate down, Tesco is still the world’s second- or third- largest retailer, depending on whether you measure revenue or profits. It is by far the UK’s largest wine retailer, selling everything from £4 bottom-shelvers to, with the introduction of Bordeaux en primeur, £1,000-a-bottle Château Lafite (though in such tiny quantities it could be seen as window-dressing). Tesco has more than 3,000 UK stores and sells in 13 countries, from China to the Czech Republic. In 2012 Jago became group wine director, overseeing the entire global wine division. Many producers resent the supermarket’s power but when it comes to Jago, there are few people who can lay greater claim to influencing the style of wine in your glass.