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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.

WINE OF THE WEEK.

SPRING INTO A SPARKLING ROSE. Moet & Chandon Vintage Rose 2006. (£60, from your local wine shop). I popped into Tante Marie’s new Culinary Academy premises in Woking town centre recently….. very impressive! Wandering through the spanking new kitchens I chatted to the chefs, sampling their food along the way, “what wine would you match […]

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WINES OF THE WEEK.

BOTH NOIR ……  ONE GAMAY, ONE PINOT. GAMAY NOIR 2014. Kleine Zalze. (£8.80 at www.sawinesonline.com) & PINOT NOIR 2014. Private Bin. Villa Maria. (£12.99 at Tesco). I’m just back from hosting a series of wine dinners in Australia; Brisbane, Newcastle, Gosford and Sydney to be exact. At the Sydney dinner the chef challenged me to […]

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HATS & COTE 2013.

WINE OF THE WEEK. COTE 2013. CHARDONNAY & SAUVIGNON. Domaine du Tariquet. (£8.50, The Wine Society). My chef’s challenge this week was potted crab and brown shrimp butter with the beer bread. My response? Click the screwcap on this attractive bottle whilst nibbling away at the potted crab with a few friends. What do you think? […]

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