Andy Howard is a wine buyer at Marks & Spencer, responsible for buying Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire, Italy, South America, North America, South Africa, Portugal, England, Port & Sherry. He has passed both the theory and tasting parts of the Master of Wine exam and is currently working on his dissertation, regarding the UK wine trade’s attitude to premier-cru Chablis. He has been at M&S for 30 years, with the past three in the wine category, although his love of wine stretches for more than two decades, promoting him to set up a wine tasting club and embark on various wine qualifications prior to studying for the MW. He also spent six years making wine at a small vineyard in Gaillac, France, where he owns a property. Howard’s main loves in wine are Burgundy and Bordeaux but also feels strongly about the quality and potential for the wines of Chile and Argentina. He was also responsible for M&S starting to sell English wines, along with its premium Sherry range. Current priorities within M&S are to revamp both the South African and fine wine ranges for the autumn.