ENJOYING WINE ... THE JOHN DOWNES' WAY. Corporate EntertainmentWith 20 years experience as an after dinner speaker and wine entertainer, I host corporate and private wine events from London to Sydney; always blending fun, laughter, learning and of course, tasting great wines. Team BuildingMy wine themed team building and motivation events promote leadership, bonding, communication skills and team performance, leaving the participants with a wealth of wine knowledge for future business and social occasions. TV and RadioFrom BBC2 to Radio 4, CNN to Talk Radio and SKY to 5Live, I keep wine simple to boost viewers' and listeners' understanding and enjoyment of wine. Wine ConsultancyAfter helping hotels, restaurants, airlines and cruise lines make the right wine choice, I now create 'Personal Selection' wine lists for restaurants and hotels to simplify choice, enhance the dining experience and boost sales. Wine CoursesMy action and wine packed one day and three day wine courses are a speciality; after travelling the world's vineyards you'll walk away a wine expert! Writing and JournalismThank goodness the boring 'vineyard-grape-shopping list' articles are being rejected by editors; sadly however, nothing has emerged to take their place. But, it doesn't have to be that way; there's a great story out there and exciting ways to tell it. That's what I do!LATEST NEWS 11 Apr 2016 APRIL’S UNUSUAL WINE OF THE MONTH. 11th April 2016 admin Uncategorised CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THIS SICILIAN BEAUTY. Marsala. Garibaldi Dolce. Pelligrino. (£10.00, Sainsbury's). Delia Smith boosted sales of Marsala years...Read More 14 Mar 2016 MY WINE OF THE WEEK. 14th March 2016 admin Uncategorised POSH POMEROL. Chateau Petit-Villages 2012. Pomerol. (£40, Fine & Rare). I'm just back from another trip hosting wine events in Australia .......Read More 8 Jan 2016 WINE OF THE WEEK. 8th January 2016 admin Uncategorised I was hosting wine dinners and events in Australia during October and Wakefield’s Jaraman Shiraz was a firm favourite with my Melbourne, Gee...Read More 13 Nov 2015 MY SPARKLER OF THE WEEK. 13th November 2015 admin Uncategorised Blanc de Blancs N.V. Champagne Henriot. (£38.70 at Oddbins). I’ll put my cards on the table; I’m a big fan of Henriot Champagne. I was at...Read More 9 Nov 2015 SWEETS FOR MY SWEET, SUGAR FOR MY HONEY. 9th November 2015 admin Uncategorised MY WINE OF THE WEEK. “Lion de Suduiraut” 2011. (£22, slurp.co.uk & Fine & Rare). There are hundreds of sweet wines but if we had a su...Read More 1 Nov 2015 CAVA WITH ATTITUDE. 1st November 2015 admin Uncategorised Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva “Terrers 2008”, Recaredo. (£25.80, Les Caves de Pyrene). Christmas menus are already starting to engage the mind...Read More Twitter link 10 people followed me and 4 people unfollowed me // automatically checked by t.co/ofakzePYgK 14 Hours ago Enjoyed #Bourgone Blancs this wk at lunch; Girardin @GalvinatWindows, Prudhon @balthazarlondon; proving importance of winemaker in #Burgundy 15 Hours ago Top lunch w. @GregBDavies @balthazarlondon y'day. Great buzz, Henri Prudhon @BourgogneWines Blanc 2014 hit the spot! t.co/a9N4ekrtn9 16 Hours ago RT @BordeauxWinesUK: Very sad to hear that the wine world, and Bordeaux in particular, has lost a true legend - Denis Dubourdieu 16 Hours ago @BCordingly Is @SidewaysOnStage going on UK Tour? People at my events now asking where they can catch it! #PinotNoir t.co/Oh7uYk4NuM 16 Hours ago MY CLIENTS & WHAT THEY SAY We're always happy to publish your wonderful work. We really love your writing. We heard you were good, but not that good! The best corporate event we’ve been to in years. We loved it! 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. What a superstar you are! Thank you for being so amazing with the masterclasses. After just one evening with John you become the wine expert you always wanted to be.