30 November, 2007

Clive Roberts

Managing director, World of Wines, Storrington, West Susse


What's the best advice you've ever had?

Work hard, and when you think you are working hard, work even harder.

If you had an extra hour in the day what would you do with it?

I would probably do nothing at all. The thought of having an hour and being able to do absolutely nothing is quite appealing.

What alcoholic drink do you most resemble?

I think a red wine with lots of body - perhaps a big Shiraz from the Barossa.

When you're not working, how do you seek your thrills?

I watch cricket, and yes, it can be thrilling!

What would you recommend to a

customer wanting to splash out?

At the moment we have a few bottles of Henschke's 1990 Hill of Grace which is just heavenly.

A common misconception of me is:

That I'm a naturally confident individual. I am always confident when I decide to do something but only when I've spent a lot of time working out exactly what it is I want to do.

Would you still go to work if you won the lottery?

Yes, because I enjoy what I do and it doesn't feel like going to work. It's more a way of life and I really look forward to every day.

What phrase do you use far too often?

I feel I'm somewhat guilty of starting off with "what we really need to do is ...".

What are the most underrated and overrated wines in the UK market?

I think there are too many mediocre wines around to even think about selecting one that would be classed as overrated. Underrated - the wines of the Dupont-Fahn family in Burgundy. The Bourgogne Chardonnay Chaumes des Perrières at £16.50 and the Auxey Duresses Les Vireux at £14.95 are top class and superb value.

If you could be in any other

occupation, what would it be?

A pilot. I used to have a pilot's licen ce.

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