Hi, I'm John Downes,
one of only
300 Masters of wine in the world...

I'm on a mission...
to make wine simple.

Expert Wine Taster MY CARTOON VIDEO WILL TELL YOU HOW.

 


John is one of the few wine experts who, when in full flow, doesn’t have me reaching for a wine bottle to smash over his head
Adrian Chiles, TV Presenter.

What I Do

If you think wine is all about bow ties, monocles, musty cellars and wine snobs, think again. I serve up a no nonsense, fresh and fun approach to make wine simple to understand and easy to enjoy.

Corporate Entertainment

After Dinner Speaking & Wine Events.
Conference & Keynote speaking.
Team Building & Motivation Events.

Television & Radio

BBC, Sky, CNN, CNBC, BBC FiveLive,
Radio 2 and Radio 4

Writing & Journalism

Newspapers, Magazines & Online

Wine Consultancy

I help hotels, restaurants, airlines and cruise lines make the right wine choice to add value and enhance client enjoyment.

Wine Courses

I run the wine courses at Gordon Ramsay's Culinary Academy helping the new generation of international chefs crack the wine code.

John Downes - Master Wine TasterJohn Downes - Master Wine Taster

Click here to find out what a Master of Wine is.

To John, wine is a way of life and there's nothing he doesn't know about posh plonk
Julia Bradbury, TV Presenter.

MY ‘WHITE WINE OF 2014′.

SAY AFTER ME …. AS-SYR- TIKO.           It seems a long time ago but we spent a cracking New Years Eve at my local restaurant. They did us proud on what is always a night of both reflection and optimism. I did my fair share of reflection but then thought about […]

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WINE OF THE WEEK.

THE SOCIETY’S EXHIBITION SAUTERNES 2012. (£9.95 for 37.5cl., The Wine Society). I was recently asked to match wine with a plate brimming with fruit samosas made by the chefs at Tante Marie Culinary Academy. My regular readers will know that I don’t think that food and wine matching is the exact science that many profess […]

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ROSSO DI MONTALCINO.

With a Fillet Steak, John recommends …………. ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2011. Il Poggione. (£19.99 at Majestic). I’ll put my cards on the table. After a recent visit to Tuscany and being lucky enough to stay in the vineyards and taste lots of bottles, if I now have to choose between the Top Johnny, top dollar […]

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