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.

PORT THAT’S BOTTLED LATE & VINTAGE.

JOHN’S WINES OF THE WEEK………………………….   QUINTA DO NOVAL Late Bottled Vintage PORT 2008. (£19,00, Ocado) & TAYLOR’S Late Bottled Vintage PORT 2008, (£15,00, Waitrose).           I poured the Taylor’s at a wine dinner I hosted in Sydney last September and it went down a storm. I’m back hosting ‘Down Under’ […]

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WINE GONE BIG; AUSSIE & ARGIE.

CLOS DE LOS SIETE 2011, Michel Rolland, (£14.99, Majestic & Waitrose) & SHIRAZ 2010. THE SHORTLIST. McGuigan. (£15, Tesco online).           I always try to avoid the usual food and wine matches but, try as I may, when I was recently asked to match an amazing quail skewers recipe I couldn’t […]

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ENGLISH WINE; BRITISH WINE. DIFFERENCE?

THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE! CHOCOLATE DROP ‘BRITISH WINE’. (£6.00, Sainsbury’s). ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE NV. (approx. £25 – 35; label suggestions below). This is probably the craziest food and wine match of 2014 but as Christmas approaches let’s ‘go crazy’ and click the screwcap off a bottle, not of English Wine but of British Wine. Bet […]

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