Tim Sykes is director of buying at Enotria, and has been in the wine business for 20 years. Having studied law at the Sorbonne and having qualified as a solicitor, he gave up ‘the enticing prospect of a lifetime sorting out divorces and reading commercial leases’ to work in a wine shop (La Vigneronne) in Kensington. After much tasting practice and winning the Thresher Scholarship and McNie Tasting Prize in his WSET Diploma, he moved to OW Loeb for a four-year stint combining buying, selling and tasting. In 1996, Sykes joined Enotria as French buyer, and shortly afterwards took on New World purchasing; in 2004, he was made director of buying. He now heads the team of five buyers, but continues to buy Burgundy, Rhône and Alsace, and handles relationships with some of Enotria’s more high-profile suppliers. Sykes also enjoys travel, and plays squash, tennis and golf, while commuting to work on his bicycle is ‘a good antidote to all the eating and drinking that is forced upon him in his job’.